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England stun Australia with penalty shot on the siren to win netball gold

Thrilling Commonwealth Games final goes right down to the wireFirst time a team other than Australia or New Zealand have winKadeen Corbin did a black flip, Helen Housby sobbed and coach Tracey Neville declared it a dream come true after England won Com…

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Tracey Neville calls on England to use New Zealand win as springboard to gold

• England’s netball team in historic win over New Zealand• Neville: ‘It was guts and a lot of hard work that got us through‘Tracey Neville has urged her England netball team to use the historic victory over New Zealand to spur them to Commonwealth gold…

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Tracey Neville calls on England to use New Zealand win as springboard to gold

• England’s netball team in historic win over New Zealand• Neville: ‘It was guts and a lot of hard work that got us through‘Tracey Neville has urged her England netball team to use the historic victory over New Zealand to spur them to Commonwealth gold…

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Commonwealth Games day seven – in pictures

The best images from the Gold Coast as boxers, divers, gymnasts and athletes are among those going for gloryClick here to check out all our photographic content from the 2018 Games Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day six – in pictures

All the latest pictures from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as cyclists, boxers, divers and athletes battle for medals Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games days four and five – in pictures

All the latest images from the past 48 hours of action at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, boxers and weightlifters battle for medals Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day two – in pictures

Weightlifting, swimming and gymnastics are some of the sports that the world’s best sports photographers have trained their lenses on during the second day of action on the Gold Coast Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day one – in pictures

Gymnastics, swimming, cycling and boxing: the world’s best sports photographers capture all the drama from day one Continue reading…

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Questions that will be answered at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games | Kate O’Halloran

Redemption for the ‘greatest choke’ and a possible restoration of Australian sporting pride are among the highlightsShe was favourite to be Australia’s flag-bearer, but lost out in that race to Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles. Hopefully it’s no omen f…

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Laura Geitz recall shows parenthood is not an elite sport career-ender | Erin Delahunty

Return for Commonwealth Games proves having kids is now part and parcel of women’s sport Netball doesn’t rate a mention in conventional fairy tales, but Laura Geitz might just be writing one of her own. The 30-year-old Queenslander – who has not played…

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Australia remain unbeaten in Quad Series after win over England

• England 46-50 Australia• Teams will now travel to South Africa for final match of seriesEngland fell narrowly short against Australia at the Copper Box Arena in London as they lost 50-46 in their second Quad Series match. Related: Evolution of netbal…

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Resurgent Chelsea Pitman making Australia’s netball loss England’s gain

The 29-year-old reveals how walking away from Australia and a failing marriage to rugby league star Kevin Locke have helped her grow as she looks forward to the Commonwealth GamesLast summer, Chelsea Pitman posted a message on Instagram announcing some…

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Sharni Layton remains on sidelines for netball’s Constellation Cup

  • Diamonds defender is recovering from exhaustion
  • Australia face New Zealand in four Tests next month

Sharni Layton will miss next month’s Diamonds’ Constellation Cup campaign as she continues her leave of absence from elite netball due to exhaustion.

The experienced defender was a late withdrawal from the Australian squad to contest the recent Quad Series. But she remains hopeful of an imminent return ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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Workload few could shoulder finally takes its toll on ‘exhausted’ Sharni Layton

Netball community rallies around likeable Diamonds goal keeper after announcement that she will take a break from the game

Sharni Layton is many things. She’s a star netballer with a swag of World Cup and Commonwealth gold. She the game’s only true cult figure; complete with a band of fanatical supporters, the Sharni Army. She’s also witty, brash and “unashamedly Sharni”.

This combination makes the 29-year-old a relatable hero to the girls who wait hours after matches for a selfie, a highly marketable commodity to corporate heavyweights and a “walking quote machine” the sports media can’t get enough of.

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Sunshine Coast Lightning blow out Giants to win inaugural Super Netball title

  • Sunshine Coast Lightning 65-48 Giants Netball
  • Caitlin Bassett and Stephanie Wood shine for Lightning in grand final

The Super Netball league may have been designed to cultivate home-grown talent, but it was new franchise, the Sunshine Coast Lightning – with its “United Nations” of netballing talent – that claimed the competition’s inaugural premiership in Brisbane, beating a gallant Giants outfit 65-48, in a surprisingly one-sided contest.

Lightning captain, UK-born goal keeper Geva Mentor, Kiwi star Laura Langman and South African Karla Mostert led their side to glory at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. It helped they had the best goaler in the world, 29-year-old West Australian Caitlin Bassett, in the circle, who shot a game-high 48 from 50 attempts, ending the match with 96% accuracy.

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Australia sportwatch: Titans v Manly, Giants v Tigers and more – live!

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  • Big day in AFL, NRL, Super Netball and Super Rugby

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NRL: Manly and Gold Coast come back just after half time with the scores still at that point of 6-18 in favour of the Seagles. The flurry of activity in the first half has settled again. Walker is smashed hard while looking for Uate out wide and can’t get the final pass away that might have opened up the Titans.

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Giants and Tigers, but no bears. Oh my. Daniel Rioli pulls out a beautifully slick move to backhand the ball behind himself when it’s about to go out of bounds on centre wing, then run onto the rebound. Just runs out of space and gets caught. But it was sliiiiiiiick. Tyres squealing. Richmond have been masters of cocking things up at times, they’ve had many more shots but they’re only 20 points up.

Then Menadue gets his second, after coming into the team today, before Riewoldt makes space with a clever double-back lead and kicks two for himself. The lead gets out to 31 points, but some fast linking play gets Zac Williams free in front of the Giants’ goal and he snaps truly. With seconds to go in the third quarter, Riewoldt has his bell run by a late spoil from Shane Mumford that clatters him in the head. He’s shaken, but more irritated than anything after Houli marks from the play-on advantage and slides his shot from 50 wide after the siren.

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Super Netball players stand united as low key protests make feelings known

It may not have seemed like much to the casual onlooker, but the weekend’s on-court protests were strong shows of solidarity between players

The future of Australian netball is up in the air after major structural changes to the governing body’s board brought threats of strikes, boycotts and even the establishment of a rebel league. And although the Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA) did not follow through with the mooted industrial action over the weekend, it is unlikely the final shot has been fired.

Related: Caitlin Thwaites inspires Collingwood to upset win over Giants in Super Netball

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The Guardian’s guide to playing netball – part seven: goal defence

Our series concludes with the focus falling on goal defenders, who must instantaneously morph into the attackers they hunt and have just a bit of ‘pizazz’

Goal defenders are netball’s great chameleons, required to be fast-moving, canny and adaptable to change. They may have to fly for every contest with an aerial specialist or execute a quiet, grinding game in the shadow of more a dazzling defensive partner, who picks off loose balls generated by their tireless work.

Whatever variety and versatility a contest demands, goal defenders must deliver. To do that, they need an aerobic engine to match a centre, a high tactical IQ, fantastic footwork and second-to-none (with the possible exception of the goal keeper) communication skills.

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Kimberlee Green injury sours Giants’ Super Netball win over Thunderbirds

  • GWS Giants beat Adelaide Thunderbirds 53-28 in Canberra
  • Giants remain unbeaten but concern over captain’s knee injury

The Giants remain unbeaten after an intense 53-38 round-five Super Netball win over Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday but the victory may have come at a high price with captain Kimberlee Green suffering a potentially serious knee injury.

The 31-year-old dual world champion was caught in an awkward collision with opposing captain and former Australian Diamonds team-mate Erin Bell in the first minute of the game at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

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Super Netball: NSW Swifts beat Adelaide Thunderbirds

Swifts 54-44 ThunderbirdsNSW absorbed late pressure from AdelaideNSW Swifts have staved off a fourth-quarter challenge by Adelaide Thunderbirds to score a 54-44 win and secure their first victory in Super Netball.It was the opening game of a double hea…