15 Apr 2018
Historic Gold for England Netball on the Final Day of the Games
Today, England won the netball gold medal in a historic first Commonwealth final with a victory of 52-51 over home favourites Australia. On the team were graduates Ama Agbeze, Jo Harten, Jade Clarke, and Lightning player Beth Cobden. Like their semi-final game yesterday, it was an incredibly tight game. Australia were slightly ahead throughout the match until the very last quarter where Team England scored an amazing 16 goals to take the win. Jo Harten scored 34 goals in total to take her team all the way to the gold medal, and commented:
“Rather than thinking about how important the goal was, I just thought, I want to score this goal for my team”
England netball veteran Ama Agbeze also played really well today and was able to bring home her second Commonwealth medal, improving on her bronze from 2006. She said:
“My last medal that I won was in 2006, Melbourne. This one is going to be fully treasured. My body feels fine and I don't feel old. I'll play as long as I can.”
Loughborough-graduate Daryl Selby played in the final of the men’s squash doubles today. Selby and team mate Adrian Waller went up against Zac Alexander and David Palmer of Australia. It was an incredibly close match all along. In the first game, Selby and Waller scored 9-11, in the second they scored 11-3, and in the third they scored 6-11, to finish 2-1 in favour of the Australian pair. Selby and his partner will take home a silver medal, which is an improvement from the 2014 Commonwealth Games where they won bronze. On the pair’s performance, Selby said:
“I'm proud of how we played this week, making the final is great. We're proud that we are able to take it back to Team England, but you don't play sport to come second. You play to win and that's what we came here to do, so were disappointed."
On the last day of the Games, the men’s and women’s marathon took place on the beachfront. Alumna Sonia Samuels finished fifth in the women’s marathon with a time of 2:36.59. This is a great feat for Samuels after moving up to the marathon from the 10,000m which she contested at the 2014 Games where she placed seventh.
The men’s marathon took a dramatic turn when leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland collapsed multiple times and eventually had to be carried off the course in an ambulance. This final featured alum Kevin Seaward (NI) who took an impressive fourth place in the after posting a time of 2:19.54s in his first Commonwealth Games.
On the rugby pitch, alumna Elinor Snowsill of Wales played against South Africa today and won 19-14. She then went on to play against Kenya but unfortunately lost out 12-14 to Kenya. This sees Snowsill and her Team Wales place seventh overall in the women’s rugby sevens.