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England defeat Australia for first time at Netball World Cup

The Roses won 56-55

The Australian Diamonds suffered their first loss of the Netball World Cup at the hands of the England Roses, 55 – 56.

England celebrated as if they had won gold as they overran the world number one Diamonds in Cape Town.

In the 14 times these nations have faced off in World Cups, the Roses have never beaten Australia before.

England’s experience showed through as they overcame an eight goal deficit and an Eleanor Cardwell goal put the Roses in the lead.

The Diamonds were dominant in the first half and took a handy six-goal lead into the main break, but changes made by the Roses were too good to combat.

Australian captain Liz Watson said her side were ready for anyone and up for the challenge.

“I said to the group after the game that our vision is still there and to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” she said.

Australia will go up against a dominant Jamaican outfit, as an undefeated England side will go on to face New Zealand in the semi-finals tomorrow.



Photo: Australia and England Netball Teams by Naparazzi available HERE and used under a Creative Commons license. This image has not been modified.

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