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Commonwealth Games: England title defence ended by Australian Diamonds in semi-final | Netball News


England trailed 29-23 at half-time and then went 10 goals down during the third quarter; the home team must now pick themselves up ahead of the bronze medal match against New Zealand on Sunday afternoon at the NEC Arena in Birmingham

Last Updated: 06/08/22 4:25pm

England will not defend their title after a tough defeat at the hands of the world leaders and must play for bronze on Sunday

England will not defend their title after a tough defeat at the hands of the world leaders and must play for bronze on Sunday

England’s Commonwealth Games title defence has been ended by the Australian Diamonds in the semi-final after a 60-51 defeat at the NEC Arena.

Four years ago, England’s title came about after a stunning victory in the gold medal match against Australia on their home court and in front of England’s home crowd. However, the Diamonds avenged that result in style.

Australia laid the platform with a strong first half and held a 29-23 half-time lead. They opened the gap out to 10 goals in the third set of 15 minutes before withstanding England’s gutsy fourth-quarter comeback.

As a result of their defeat, England will now play a repeat of their final pool match against New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday afternoon. Australia and Jamaica will face-off in the goal medal match later in the day.

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