My favourite game: Australia v England, 2018 Commonwealth Games netball final | Erin Delahunty

The stunning result prompted equal amounts of joy and despair on the Gold Coast – and changed the shape of world netball

‘It’s great they made the final, but they can’t beat Australia’ seemed to be the overwhelming sentiment among netball fans and pundits when Tracey Neville’s England booked a place in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final.

Just making it to the last day of competition on the Gold Coast was a watershed for the Roses; they had delivered England their first ever shot at gold in a major tournament. Since netball was added to the Games in 1998, the final had featured only two teams, Australia and New Zealand – much like the World Cup, where the two powerhouses have taken gold or silver in all but one.

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