Sunday, 17 February, 2019

England win netball gold at Commonwealth Games

A representational image. Canada’s Alexander Moore wrestles with Jamaica’s Kevin Wallen in men’s FS 86Kg quarterfinal wrestling match at the Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast on 14 April 2018 England win netball gold at Commonwealth Games
Sherri Watson | 17 April, 2018, 05:11

Nigerian athletes recorded an impressive outing at the just concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.

Swimming medallist Ellie Cole, who lost her right leg to a rare cancer, said the reach of TV and fans watching was transforming because she was never able to see para-athletes compete to have early role models.

The outpouring on social media suggests plenty around the country were up at the unlikely hour of 4am, including Gary Neville and Michael Vaughan, and the sport's continued growth in the United Kingdom will have been given another huge boost by Sunday's events.

The jubilant scenes which followed England's semi-final win over Jamaica were repeated and exceeded as Helen Housby netted in the final second for Tracey Neville's side to win the most astonishing of contests. "We support each other 100 per cent".

Geva Mentor, playing at her fifth games, said: "I hope this lifts our profile..."

The experienced squad trailed 14-0 at half-time, but an outstanding second half comeback helped them to secure bronze - their first medal at the Commonwealths since winning silver in 2006.

"Hopefully this will give people inspiration to go out and join a club and be part of this dream", she said.

Jo Harten's last-gasp goal in Saturday's defeat of Jamaica sent the Roses into a first global final since 1975, after last-four appearances at all previous five Commonwealth Games.

"I just tried to keep getting points as quick as possible to finish the game, so I am very happy".

US brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide controversially won the lucrative $33.15 million contract over three of Australia's best entertainment producers two years ago.

The Forden farmer's son, who is a lecturer at Newtown College, told MyWelshpool he was in the shape of his life as he prepared to take on some of the world's greatest long distance runners on the streets of Australia's Gold Coast and finished in a respectable11th place with a time of 2.26.05.

Alexander said the Diamonds looked flat and she wasn't sure why.

She has used contract hold-ups and the absence of established names to introduce younger players whose impact will be felt in the coming years.

"It's so surreal, I can't believe I just won the gold medal", said New Zealand captain Sarah Goss. Better than I ever dreamed.

"This is the best day of my life and it's the best day of all these girls lives", said an elated Housby.

"I don't really have any words".