Commonwealth Games: England beat New Zealand to top Pool B, Australia await in netball semi-finals

Last Updated: 04/08/22 10:31pm

England now progress out of Pool B unbeaten and will face Australia in the semi-finals

England produced a stunning performance to beat New Zealand 54-44, top Pool B and book a semi-final meeting with Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Jess Thirlby’s team rattled New Zealand from the outset at the NEC Arena and forced their opponents into constant personnel changes throughout the 60 minutes.

After a commanding start, England were reeled back in and held a narrow 25-24 half-time lead. However, they controlled the second half exceptionally well and thrived off the support of the home crowd.

England will now take on Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday, after Jamaica stunned the Diamonds earlier on Thursday. The Sunshine Girls’ 57-55 win ensured they topped Pool A and Australia had to settle for second place.

Jamaica and New Zealand will face-off against each other in the other semi-final on Saturday. The gold medal match takes place on Sunday at the NEC Arena.

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