Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Netball star Helen Housby leads more Cumbrian Commonwealth Games success

Netball star Helen Housby leads more Cumbrian Commonwealth Games success

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander lamented a Super Netball competition that allows imports to become better players in an Australian competition in the wake of her side's shock 52-51 loss to England in yesterday's gold medal match. Neville, who is the sister of Gary and Phil Neville, revealed Gary had been watching the match on TV.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era. "It is unusual playing a match against them, but you just have to go into it and do your best to win the match".

Gary Neville was cheering on from his living room in the early hours of the morning, United Kingdom time.

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

"He was literally at the telly going "C'mon, Helen, go on".

"They weren't put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders".

"Everyone says what does it mean to the Neville family".

Just by making it to the final, England had broken down a barrier that had existed since the advent of the sport.

"So we've managed it and other sports can do it too".

This one did. Beating the full-time buzzer, Housby scored and with it secured England netball's greatest ever triumph.

The Bay of Plenty athletes did well with squash player Amanda Landers-Murphy successfully taking away gold and bronze in her doubles matches, Dame Valerie Adams winning silver in shotput, as well as the O'Dea brothers taking bronze at the beach volleyball - a new sport in 2018.

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

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"This dream can be anyone's".

That worked out at $191,000 a minute for a closing ceremony that failed to show the athletes entering Carrara Stadium, drawing the ire of Seven Network commenatator and former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist swimmer Johanna Griggs.

England won their way into their first Games final with a last-second goal against Jamaica a day earlier and reproduced the last-gasp heroics against the world's No.1 team to claim gold.

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

"They did get it wrong, but for all the people blowing up, I know you're doing it as a sign of kindness and respect, but I will blow up when it's needed".

"We've got a World Cup in our back yard and it's time to cement what we've achieved here".

This was one Ashes battle which, unlike the cricket, was close.

Australia led by four goals in the final quarter, but England wrested the initiative and Housby delivered when the pressure was at its height.

Fittingly, the last word belongs to the 23-year-old Carlisle player.

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

"I don't really have any words".

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