HARLOW’S Jo Harten won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games after England beat favourites Australia 52-51 in the final.
England’s route to the netball gold-medal match had not been without drama, as they fought back to beat Jamaica 56-55 in the semi-final.
But the tension was ramped up several notches in a fiercely contested final on the Gold Coast.
Australia, buoyed by a home crowd and the world number one ranking, opened a four-point lead in the final quarter, but Tracey Neville’s side fought their way back into the game.
Having pulled level at 51-51, Housby scored in the last second to give England victory in their first appearance in a major final.
It was the first time since netball was introduced at the Games in 1998 that Australia and New Zealand had not contested the final, and surpassed the Roses’ previous best result of silver in a round-robin World Cup in 1975.
“It’s my dream come true,” said head coach Neville. “The girls have worked so hard over the last international phase.
“Australia are the renowned world number ones and to beat them at that time, I’m really, really proud – the feeling of that is amazing.”
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