England's netball team wins historic Commonwealth Games gold after shock Australia win


England netball coach Tracey Neville savoured "a dream come true" after her team stunned hosts Australia to snatch a dramatic gold on the final day of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The game was on a knife edge. She missed. Was it all over?

The result was in the balance throughout, as the teams were level at 25-all at half-time and England were behind for much of the final quarter.

"To be honest, it was kind of all a blur".

In on, she wrote: "The best day of my life".

"As a shooter you dream of that moment".

It is England's first Commonwealth title, coming in their very first final against a side that had hardly been challenged until now. All I remember was having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming because the final whistle had gone. Neville, who is the sister of Gary and Phil Neville, revealed Gary had been watching the match on TV.

"Australia are the renowned, world number ones and to beat them at that time, I'm really, really proud - the feeling of that is wonderful". "They are the ones who drive me".

The netballers are strong favourites to take gold against England today after a 64-44 semi final triumph over New Zealand.

Figures showed that there was a 44 per cent increase at grassroots level with almost 30,000 players taking to netball courts across the country.

Four Beeston players helped England's men make it double Commonwealth bronze after putting in an excellent display to defeat India 2-1. "Netball has been part of my life since I was five", she said.

Patterson won two gold medals in the pool but the Caboolture swimmer, nicknamed Lucky, has a far wider view of para-sports just as Fearnley captured so well again after his marathon gold on Sunday morning.

Their success is a timely boost for the sport before next year's world cup, being staged in Liverpool.