Netball: Harlow’s Jo Harten through to semi-finals of Commonwealth Games

Sport / Wed 11th Apr 2018 at 10:11am

ENGLAND secured their biggest netball win over New Zealand to finish top of their group at the Commonwealth Games.

The 54-45 victory – their first Commonwealth triumph over New Zealand – maintains the Roses’ unbeaten run and they now face favourites Australia or Jamaica in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The team includes Harlow’s Jo Harten who looked in great form.

In Pool B, Scotland lost 57-37 to debutants Uganda, who only missed out on the semi-finals on goal difference.

Northern Ireland beat Fiji 73-46 to finish fourth in Pool A.

With England having topped their group, they should avoid playing defending champions Australia in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The hosts are level with Jamaica at the top of Pool A and the two nations face each other later on Wednesday (12:02 BST).

Goal attack Helen Housby said: “That was one of our goals coming into the Commonwealths – to be one of the top two in a major event.

“It is a little bit of history for us. We have put a lot of hard work in over the last couple of years to get that victory.”

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