Netball: Heartache for Harten as England crash out of World Cup
Sport / Sun 21st Jul 2019 am31 10:14am
ENGLAND missed out on the Netball World Cup final once again as they fell to an agonising 47-45 defeat by New Zealand in Liverpool.
The Roses were unbeaten in the group stage but fell short in the semi-finals against an inspired Silver Ferns side.
New Zealand go on to face holders Australia in Sunday’s final for a sixth consecutive tournament.
England have now lost eight straight World Cup semi-finals and face South Africa in the bronze-medal match.
Tracey Neville’s Roses famously fought back to snatch a late win in the gold-medal match against the Diamonds at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
But this time they were on the receiving end of the disappointment.
Harlow’s Jo Harten post match interview.
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New Zealand showed their intent by surging into a 5-0 lead as England panicked, but the Roses regrouped to take a three-goal lead into half-time.
Until this match, England had not come from behind in the tournament and as the Silver Ferns pushed back in front, they looked intent on staying there.
England threw everything at the Kiwis in the final quarter – but their opposition soaked up the pressure and played down the seconds left on the clock.
England did not look like the confident team who came through the group stages without losing a quarter.
Shooter Jo Harten’s form dropped dramatically in the first half, compared to her heroics in the previous game against South Africa, and she only improved when she moved to goal attack.
England’s engine room and captain Serena Guthrie was also guilty of failing to bring the goods on the day.
Head coach Neville said her side’s “basic errors” cost them the game.
“New Zealand came out really strong in that first quarter, “she said. “We didn’t learn our lessons quickly enough. We seemed to be chasing the game, which is something we haven’t done in this tournament.
“We gave it our all but didn’t have the legs. This tournament is quite brutal. We’ve got another game tomorrow and we go again.”