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Good afternoon. Rugby has Six Nations, netball has its Quad
Series. It is the climax of the series today at Wembley Arena in
front of a big and noisy crowd of 7000 people. If you haven't seen
netball for a while, stick around. It's definitely not what you will
remember. It's probably not what you are expecting. We're going to be
watching these fantastic teams, England against Australia, all of
them professional sportswomen. And for a famously noncontact sport, at
least that is what it was in the olden days, things have changed.
This is very, very fierce indeed. It is one of the fastest, most agile
and most watchable sports around. We're going to share it with Natalie
and Jess. I wonder what we are in for today. I talked about
noncontact. I don't think it does the physicality of this game justice
now? Noncontact may be what it says in the rule book but it is full
contact. It is like a chess match, judo, hockey. It would be fantastic.
Australia can wrap up second Quad Series title this afternoon if they
beat Tracey Neville's England side. How much does netball matter in
Australia and New Zealand? These players are superstars there. It is
a massive sport for females. This is the pinnacle of their sporting
career. They want to be number one. How big a challenge will this be for
England today? In any sport, facing the number one is a huge challenge.
On the back of some disappointing results for England and a formidable
Australia side, this is the toughest it has been for a while. We will see
the Australian captain and the goalkeeper, she is a terrier. She is
a bulldog. She encapsulates a lot of the things about being an athlete
and being a woman. She dominates that court. She directs players, she
is vocal. She is what every woman wants to be. Whatever plastic
opportunity -- what a fantastic opportunity for everybody here, and
also for the England team to get a chance to play against the world's
top teams, twice a year. Invaluable? In World Championships we always
felt short. This is absolutely perfect. Here their come, led by
Sharni Layton. There she is. The world's number one side, the
Australian Diamonds. They are supremely difficult to crack. They
are coached by Lisa Alexander, who steered them to a first Commonwealth
gold for 12 years in Glasgow, and a third world title in a row in Sydney
in 2016. Their captain, Sharni Layton, would love to lead them to a
winning her first campaign as captain. These netballers are about
to become the highest-paid sportswomen and Australian domestic
sport. They are part of the new professional super netball league,
that gets under way in a week. They are tall, agile, physically very
imposing. And here come England. Led by their goalkeeper, Ama Agbeze.
Five members of this England squad are going to be part of this new
league in Australia. Another two play in the New Zealand Premiership.
As we familiarise you with the personnel. Number seven will take
the court in each team. Only two can score goals in netball. The goal
attack and the goal shooter. Here comes the most experienced member of
this side. Geva Mentor. What a task these ladies have in front of them.
Great atmosphere. Add in terms of what we might expect as a game, we
talk about the physicality. Describe what that means in terms of the
jostling and the juggling proposition out there? There is no
assumption that any ball is for them. What that means is the ball is
in the air, both players actually believe the ball is for them. They
can do anything in their power to gain possession.
It is time for the anthems. # A beauty rich and rare.
# In history's stage, at every stage, advance Australia fair.
# Advance Australia fair. # God save our gracious Queen.
# Long-lived our Noble Queen. # God save our Queen.
# Sound her victorious. -- centre. # Happy and glorious.
# Long to reign over us. # God save our Queen.
CHEERING. So the England Roses taking on the
Australian Diamonds. It is an hour-long contest. Four quarters. It
will be described by Gary Burgess, who now works with England netball.
In the commentary box, the owner of 101 England caps. And leading the
team is Caroline Barker. Good afternoon. If you thought
social media blue up when it was revealed Beyonce was having twins,
it'll go crazy if England beat Australia. This is the Australia
team. As for England, Chelsea Pitman in wing attack against our old side.
And Beth Cobden, who has impressed this series. Where do England need
to exploit? The shooting areas. We have got the defence for the
Australians. They are trying to build a new defensive unit. They
have had a few retirements. They have people not here. We need to
exploit that defence. They have got the captain, Sharni Layton. England
get under way. Mishandle and the Aussies have picked it up. The roses
need to take a breath. They started slowly in the previous couple of
matches. I really think they need to turn this back over again. We can't
led the Aussies get this fast start. We were 8-1 down against the Kiwis.
We can't afford for that to happen. We need to turn this over. Nice
tight defence on Hadley. Australia on the scoreboard. That was good
from Cobden. She had a great game against New Zealand. We need her on
fire today. Australia going two up. There's shooting is phenomenal. The
percentages are really high. We have to break the ball down before they
get to that. Let's go. Brilliant. Great start. There is the difference
from England already. Name-macro comes out firing. Fantastic to get a
first shot in. -- Corbin. We will take up some of the calls
with Gary Burgess in a moment. There we have a defender out of the
circle. Two attackers in. Nice easy ball. We probably need to see Agbeze
doing a bit more movement. Susan Pettitt doing Australia 3-1 ahead.
If you want to be part of our commentary team this afternoon, you
can get in touch on social media. You are already seeing the
physicality we spoke about earlier. Another great shot by Corbin. Good
girl. Let's get a quick check on things with Gary Burgess. Umpires at
Super League level and international level. We're talking about the
physical ability that comes into it a national netball? I think the
biggest difference people will probably see is the level of contest
in the international game. It will vary as the levels go down. But the
umpires are looking to squeeze as much physicality out of the game as
they can and to apply as much advantage down the court to make the
game flow. Jade Clarke with the centre pass. She is one of those
players down under with such experience. That was a good take by
Pitman. She will be used to this Australian style. They challenged
every ball. Such frustration for England and for Tracey Neville.
Those moments that can turn a game. Yes, we have to eliminate the basic
errors. Any basic area, they look for a shooting opportunity. The
Aussies will score off everything. We cannot afford for them to have
any possession. Just over 11 minutes of this first 15 minute quarter
remaining. OK, we're 5-2 down. We need to turn this centre pass over.
We are doubling now on the goal shooter. We so Agbeze with Mentor.
We have turned that over. Here comes Sharni Layton. She will
be having a major effect on this game. And as you can see and hear,
she is directing play. She is telling the defenders in front of
her what she wants them to do. I think she is actually directing the
cameras! What we can't really do is risk anything. The easiest ball to
intercept is a diagonal pass. Easier said than done when Australia force
you out there. Yeah, it is. England's ball. Chelsea Pitman
against our old side. Those are the sort of shot Macs you would expect
Helen Housby to put away. She rushed that one a little bit. She needs to
take our time and set it. Easy to say when you are up here. Good.
Better from Helen Housby. Draws England back to within two. We need
to score from our centre pass. That one made me a little bit
nervous. Everybody running away. Somebody needs to make it easy for
her. We have got a contact there. Brilliant. 5-4. We've got a game on
here. Of course we do. Australia with their hands on the ball. They
will transition, move quickly through court, looking for options.
What you can see at the defenders trying to stop the winger getting to
that circle edge. It is important to stop them. Australia are so deadly
under the posts. You have to try to keep them out of that circle. Good
girl, Beth Cobden. We have got good energy here with England.
Gary Burgess, on the sidelines, the umpires getting in early, trying to
cut stuff out? Yes, I think the umpire will always issue a caution
once they have gone through the standard sanctions. They will have a
quiet word with the players. The caution is similar to a yellow card
in football. The players need to tidy up the infringement caused. In
that case it was contact. They will have a quiet word in their shell
like. Let's see if it works. Brilliant tip by Geva Mentor.
Fantastic. Bringing in the indecision with the shooters.
Australians under pressure will Sloth up. They don't mess up this
time though. Back to within two. It is so important England make their
centre pass count. This is good because we are staying with them. We
have had a good start. Brilliant interplay. Big split landing to get
herself close to the post and a fantastic shot from Corbin. Back to
Australia. Edge of the circle. Paige Hadley has some of that experience
for the Australian Diamonds. Not very much pressure on her. We need
to break that down. Make sure we are nice and tight. Great ball-handling
from Chelsea Pitman. Fantastic. That is good. Trying to be patient at
feeding. An official warning. Stepping from Corbin. Off the back.
Those are the opportunities again. They are the pressure ones that need
to go into Paul us to one goal. We need to turn this ball over. They
are hesitating. Great defence. You can hear them calling. That is
another good tip. Cobden so close to getting hold of that. Fantastic.
Pressure from England. That was all pressure from Agbeze marking that
shot. Jade Clarke takes a tumble. Well held by Pitman on the edge of
the circle. Another great take. So agile. Good collection of the ball.
You can see their -- they're that Simpson was trying not to go offside
taking the ball. We were looking at the match up, Gabi Simpson. At the
moment she is having a tussle with Jade Clarke. She is. The physicality
is coming in. But Clarke actually is doing a really good job. That is
brilliant. Good cover. Again, indecision from the Australians.
Stick with it England, come on. Just battered away. She will get another
chance. And Pettitt makes it 9-7 to Australia. Pitman looking for
options. Goes back to Agbeze. If we can't see anything at the front, we
are resetting to the defenders. That was a fantastic ball from Corbin.
She is on fire. Just the end result from Kadeen Corbyn. She has to put
it through the net. Australia coming back with the ball. They take a
breather. Look for movement. Good movement from Ravaillion.
They don't mind where they are in that circle to have a go at goal,
Australia. We are now 10-7. We could have done with that. Well played,
Jade. It is so difficult to see at international level how quick that
footwork is. They are still making basic errors.
England have to keep an eye on this and make the centre pass count.
On the reset line we need to make sure that we are holding off the
space so you get a good ball side pass. They are working really hard
here. Come on, girls. Jade Clarke back to Helen Housby. Back to
Clarke. Just over the top. Again Pitman was there to make sure the
ball counts. Good girl. The shooters need to set their shots will stop
they have missed the last three, I think. Chance to put an end to the
errors. Through the net it goes. England back to 8-11. We need to
turn this centre pass now. We have to get as tight as we can and make
it difficult. Good girl, Geva Mentor. The error then, just
offside. We seem to just get to the moment where we need to push it on
and then a basic error just turns it back to them. How about the defence
for England? There we go again. The pressure from Ama Agbeze. She rolled
off the back of Caitlin Thwaites. She let her know she was there. That
was a hospital ball. We are getting opportunities here. But it is about
capitalising on them. Contact called against Ama Agbeze. Lots of calls
being made in this first quarter, Gary Burgess? That was a good
example of where contact interferes. The umpires are judging whether the
contest is balanced. When the contest is balanced and it doesn't
interfere, they will let it go with an advantage or might not even blow
at all. But in those were the ball is either dropped or it interfered
with the player's actions, that is when they will blow up. Australia
take another ball that England wanted to hang onto. We seem to be
running away a lot into the corner. We need to make sure that we have an
offer that is short and come into the ball-handler. Still getting the
joy under the post, England. So near, yet so far. The problem being
Australia's centre pass. Come on, Roses, let's turn this one over.
Brilliant play by Geva Mentor. World-class defence from England.
Geva Mentor and Ama Agbeze boats plying their trade in England. --
Australia. Quick hands from Corbin. She finishes it off. Well done. Take
a breath, let's go. The final ten seconds. They will have to be quick,
England. The umpire has held it. Five seconds. Can they get it into
the circle? Time taking down. She has to take this. It is after the
whistle. Helen Housby unable to put that away. England so close. Each
time, a mistake. That is what they need to cut out. They do. When we
get a turnover we need to make sure we sink in that shot. We have had
opportunities but we are throwing them away. So much can happen at
international level. Four goals is absolutely nothing. England came out
of the blocks. Australia got in front. They reeled them back in.
Just the four goals behind. England found themselves three
behind New Zealand. Four behind the world number one. Each team takes it
in turn to restart the match with a centre pass. The idea is to try and
capitalise on the other team's centre pass. At the moment we think
it is 8-5 to Australia. How does that work in your mind? Is a
positive start for England? Definitely a positive start. They
are putting pressure on the Australians throughout the court and
thinking about their options. What we did really well was we closed
down the space of the Australians. I think Agbeze, Mentor and Cobden are
working so well as a unit. It is like a diamond formation on the
court. It is making it so hard for a stranger to pick their spaces. They
got their balls through but they have to be pinpoint. Really
positive. So difficult for a relatively new England combination.
Cobden and Housby. How do you think it is working, the telepathy? To be
a must, I think that is where it is at the moment. The worrying sign for
me is that the centre pass is not good enough. We lost our first one.
When we take our centre pass, it goes into a shooting opportunity
straightaway. We are funding the ball, losing possession. Having to
work twice as hard. It has to get down there fluently. You have to
help the inside circle attack. There is this imposing presence in the
Australian circle of Sharni Layton. My goodness, you said to me in the
middle of that, what was she like as a child? She doesn't stop moving.
She doesn't. Her feet never stop. She will go hunting. When you say go
hunting, you stop marking your player and rugged marking everybody
else. She is the anchor that brings the defensive units together. That
is making it so hard for England to know where to go. However, there
have been opportunities. There are gaps. We need to keep on doing that.
One thing really positive about the England attacking movement, when
they are not happy with what's in front of them, they will reset it
and start again. They will have to do that more. The defensive unit is
so tough. You have to be 99.9% sure the ball is gone to get to your
players. If you were Tracey Neville, the England coach, what would you be
saying to your team? The centre pass attack needs to go direct to goal
every single time. Capitalise on the turn-off -- turnover from our
defensive unit. They have been fantastic. The crowd
back on their feet. Australia, the number one team in the world know
they are in a match at the moment. It is whether England can cut out
those mistakes and drive forward. Lucia style beside me. We spotted a
couple of things England could tighten? The Centre Court. We need
to be tighter on their centre. They are getting easy ball in the centre.
Geva Mentor and Ama Agbeze are doing a tremendous job. But we need to be
tighter. The Chancellor England to make that footwork error count.
Name-macro will set herself. -- Corbin. Helen Housby could not get
the rebound. Such is the agility of Corbin, she made sure second
attempt. She did but it needs to be going in second -- first attempt.
Now possession has changed over hands. OK, come on girls. Let's sink
those goals one we have got the chances. Some leaders needed
crosscourt for England. It is not like they are not getting the
opportunities. That is much tighter now into the corners. Tracey Neville
has had a bit of a chat to those guys to make sure that we are tight
in the corners against their wing attacking centre. Great rebound from
Geva Mentor. Ama Agbeze applauding that. Her whole body position,
dangling her body so she can protect the ball coming down. Has be de
Klerk. Great movement. -- Helen Housby to Clarke. Always good to
turn over and Australia centre pass. Can England get back?
That was a great role off, any youngsters watching that, that was a
great roll off into the corner. Again, Kadeen Corbin. She needed a
bit more knees. She mustn't lose her discipline to get the obstruction
call because then we take it back again. It is going short when she is
shooting. Maybe the old-fashioned take a breath. Good advice. Feel
free to use it. LAUGHTER Into the circle. Great defence, the
switching. One going front and one going back, always covering each
other. Greg Hands. -- great hands. Long ball out to Clarke, made
herself free again. She gave the eyes to Housby and needs to reset
herself. Vision again, back to Pitman. Housby showing her
confidence, and she will shoot from here. This time Corbin will hang
onto it. Come on, kidding Corbin. That was really patient build-up
play. -- Kadeen Corbin. To make sure they are scoring from their own
centre pass. England are now back to within two. That was a good
challenge. Keep going. Really important we are challenging on
every ball, that England are going for every ball. And again,
hesitation from the shooters. Still sunk it, though. Good running around
the court from Pitman. Now the confidence is back. Brilliant. Nice
shot from Corbin and nice footwork to get onto the back line and give
herself the mid range shot. Hopefully that will give her
confidence. Australia not happy with that call. Some booing from the
Australians inside Wembley Arena. It is important that England used those
moments and take the opportunity. The focus for England is to play the
game and not respond to anything which they think is cynical. It is
up to subjectivity. They have got to stay cool and play the game.
Fantastic feed from Chelsea Pitman. During the defender and popping it
up and over into the space. As Gary mentioned, one side can get blown
out of the game, the whistle can frustrate them. England want to be
frustrating. When I say frustrating, they want to frustrate the Aussies.
Yes. Come on, girls. We are back to within touching distance of blowing
the Aussies out of this one. Keep the momentum, turned this over.
Amazing. -- turn. It is a Captain's performance. The breath we told them
to take, now it's time they can go in inside Wembley Arena. The
patient, build it. -- be patient. Oh! What a fantastic game. This is a
turnaround from the New Zealand game. They have fire in their
bellies. Such great defence from Australia. Yes! Amazing shot from
Housby. Nice patient work and now the centre pass, come on, girls.
Great turnover Australia. They look to Sharni Layton when they need
leaders. She got her hand in the air and said, come on, let's calm down.
Australia responding. Great movement. The little step in. And
this is international netball, how the momentum can swing a game. They
can't miss that. Back to 15-15. Really important that England try to
keep with their centre pass. Again the physical presence of Australia.
In that circle. Important we score from theirs, availability of the
centre pass, that was very good, Beth Cobden.
Wing defence, persistent contact. A little talking to for Gabi Simpson,
she's a strong player for Australia. Now come Australia game, they don't
let those moments get to them. Really important, the shooters need
to take a breath. We've had so many opportunities here. That is exactly
what Australia do. Lisa Alexander's side going back to two in front.
Jade Clarke talking, dictating what is going to happen on the defence of
the centre pass and very tight on Hadley. That is a good tip. The
calls are going Australia's way, as well. Thwaites makes it a 3-goal and
-- advantage. Just under seven minutes of the half remaining.
Fantastic vision from Pitman to see that. And a good centre pass from
England to keep them in it. That is two goals. Good defence from the
England girls. Forcing them away from the ball, so they are looking
for a long ball. Chelsea Pitman thought she might have some luck for
England. Uncharacteristic, for an Australian to drop the ball. England
are being patient, working this through. Need to be available,
girls, they need depth to this ball. Pitman, back to Agbeze. Looking for
the feed on the edge of the circle. The relationship has been very good
between Corbin and Agbeze. Edge of the circle, Thwaites. Caitlin
Thwaites, just telling her team-mate she was there, to pass it back to
her. Great intuitive movement and combinations from Australia in the
circle. It will be interesting to see the shooting statistics from
Australia. Thwaites has missed a few under pressure. England need to keep
working hard, to offer and be available and make sure we have
plenty of options on every ball. We need depth, we can't go Square every
time. She was a bit unlucky, there, Brandley. Back to within two. Jade
Clarke, having a sniff of it, very easy for the Australians.
Very calm from the Australian shooters. Lots of interplay between
the two of them. To make their shots longer.
Sharni Layton is hunting for the ball outside the circle. She is
looking for the ball that is going to the wing attack and the centre
around the circle edge, but that leaves Corbin under the posts. We
are here at Wembley Arena. England umpire Gary Burgess is with us and
we are hearing less whistle in this quarter. Yes, that is right, there
is less whistle compared to a few years ago, especially in a game of
goals. It makes the game more watchable. The thing to note, wing
defence of Australia has received a caution and then official warning,
and that really is a decision to be made about that player. The umpires
will go on that game management ladder. That is one thing to look
for, really. The England attack there was fantastic. That was so
lovely to see. That is exactly how they can play against the world
number one. Anything you could do, we can more than matches, is says
Australia. -- match you. Gabi Simpson is on that caution, that
warning. Interesting matchup between her and Chelsea Pitman. There is
Pitman, that was a great call from Kadeen Corbin. And then drive under
the posts. Tracey Neville, on the bench, roaring her side forward.
That is the caution against Kim Ravaillion, a big player for
Australia. But England can't make it count. Reverse hand from Brandley,
the ball not accurate enough. That is good circle defence. Oh! But
popped over the top. They are making it hard. A bit of limbo. LAUGHTER
Just the average Sunday afternoon. When you see that space open up, so
difficult to defend against. It is, because you have committed to the
forward one and then the backspace opens up. Ideally you are looking
for the other defender to maybe take that. Jade Clarke, swinging that
out. The option open? Probably if it was pushed more into the corner, but
you have got to be careful with the long ones when Sharni Layton is in
there. She's the goalkeeper and captain for Australia, Sharni
Layton. There goes Corbin, just off the back. Housby, the long arms.
Great rebound. We are within two of the world number ones, England are
doing a very good job. They need to stay within two. The last 30 seconds
of the half. Big defence from England. 20 seconds left. Australia
are very good at wasting the time and making sure the ball ends up
there. Ten seconds left. Caitlin Thwaites, doing what she has done
throughout this half, improving as the half went on. They are so
dangerous under the posts. England, much better start to the second
quarter. Fantastic start, much more patient build-up, there was wobble
with the shooting at the beginning, but much better towards the end and
they have got to draw confidence from that. Great quarter. Australia
take the opportunities, though, they have the calmness on court. We have
got to use those opportunities and go forward and we have done that in
this quarter. Plenty of positives from Tracey Neville's side but Lisa
Alexander's Australia have got the break here at Wembley.
The difference was for goals, but now down to three. -- four. England
went in front, but four unanswered goals against them, they had a
nosebleed. Generally speaking, what a performance. They have tried to
capitalise on the turn of, they were doing a lot of defensive work. --
the turnover. In the first resold mistakes creeping in the second
quarter they started to get on the end of it -- in the first half we
saw mistakes creeping in. They were settled and they have the confidence
to play it around until they were happy with the ball in front of
them. What has been the hallmark of that performance in the second
quarter from the England perspective? What is interesting.
Caitlin Thwaites has been uncharacteristic under the posts and
I've never seen her miss so many for Australia. They have played into our
hands, the defence, because they are reliant on her in the circle and
when she exits, they are not in quick enough, Pettitt, and I thought
our attacking unit was much better and we got more depth. It is a
struggle in there, if Housby and Corbin tucked in behind defenders,
that will be a tough ask against Sharni Layton, so we need one player
nearest to the ball with no defender between them. People who have
watched netball after maybe a long time, not seeing it, in a test
situation, it has changed in terms of contesting for the ball. What is
the essence of what is new about this? When you are looking at the
context of your looking at the balance between two players and
umpires will try to promote the skill and the flow of the game. The
difference would in contact and contests, contact interferes and
stops a player from what they are trying to do and contest is a equal
activity, really. I was asking you before we started, those who
remembered netball from 20 years ago will remember more whistle, but many
fouls are not being called now, why not? I spoke to the chair of the
international role is by no and she has been involved for about 40 years
-- international rules panel. They are looking at infringements which
potentially would have been called, and they are now not being called.
The physicality and the strength of the players means they can work hard
on these things. One of the biggest things for viewers at home they
might notice, there is no whistle for a goal and obvious low ins and
that has reduced things that turn people off from watching -- obvious
throw. This was a pivotal moment, the warning which was given. The
warning that was issued, the umpire has gone through the normal
sanctions, contact, and all of those, and gave the win defence from
Australia caution but the contact. The player did not change their
behaviour, that is the goal of the umpire, to change their behaviour,
and the next step on the game management ladder is the official
warning. Gabi Simpson, the wing defence, we saw her on her backside
in that one, that is a real contest developing with Chelsea Pitman at
wing attack. Chelsea Pitman is a form Australia player herself, and
that contest, you have been watching it and enjoying it. I love it, I
used to play in that position. Gabi Simpson is one of the new generation
of players. Very fit and fast and agile. Chelsea Pitman is very good
at just timing what is going on, so she doesn't run all the time, she
picks her time to run. That makes it hard for the defender because you
have got to know what she is doing and react to that. What she also
does, she makes another move to counteract, so you have got to
constantly readjust. At the moment Chelsea is having the better of that
battle at the moment. It is important she is calm under
pressure, she is getting her hands over, and it doesn't bother her.
Maybe a bit of needle, because Chelsea Pitman, the wing attack is a
very significant player, she was a World Cup winner for the Australians
in 2011, but her Yorkshire born father here means she can compete
for England. She has decided to play for England, the first time she has
played against her former colleagues. Jess has been speaking
to her about this amazing switch. You could have played for New
Zealand but you chose England. So many reasons. Tracey Neville wanted
me and for a coach to have confidence in your ability, that
goes a long way, and for her to like the way I play an thing I could have
a difference and slot in, that was enough -- the way I play and to
think I could have a difference. My dad is English and my brother is
here. Have you found many cultural differences? Outside of netball,
many cultural differences, but in terms of netball it is just trying
to find England, the identity of what they want to put out on court.
In Australia, when you start at school, it is the most participated
sport in the country, 1.8 million people, registered members, so
everyone plays, male and female. Over here at the grassroots
programme is where it starts and then it slowly builds. Being
instilled in older players, the basic skills, but England have real
war talent, it is just getting funding, it is just a problem that
women have, funding and professionalism and getting to the
full-time level -- real raw talent. It is heading in the right
direction, especially with Tracey Neville doing the full-time
programme with the English girls. I've spoken to a few people, I can
see things they may not have picked up on. I have a fresh pair of eyes.
And the fresh excitement, you are representing your country, that is
amazing. You are representing the boils, that is pretty got down
great. Little things you have to remember -- representing the Royals.
So many people want to be here. For me, I know what my goals are and I
want to be at the top of my game and I want to be in one of the best
attacks in the world and I want to achieve things with England netball
and I want to go to the Commonwealth Games and win a gold medal and win
another World Championships. I want to give it my all and have a great
season and hopefully at the end be a part of the England full-time
programme and go from there. Those are my goals. I don't know if I will
achieve them, that is down the track, but I will work hard on my
stepping stones and put myself in the best position to be able to do
those. She could have chosen to play for New Zealand Silver Ferns because
her mother was born there but as a former Australian that would have
been a step too far. Chelsea, along with four other of the Roses will be
heading to Australia in eight days' time for the start of what is a
brand-new era for your sport. Super netball. For the first time in nine
years the Australians are going it alone, they used to be with the new
Zealand league, but this is the first time that netball players will
be paid to play every week and they will be paid around ?40,000 basic
per year. How exciting are these times? So exciting, I want to come
out of retirement, it is great for these athletes, they trained so
hard. They are like footballers, they put in the same amount of time
and effort, it is dedication. Before it was about passion, but now it is
also your job, and they are very good at it. The girls are going to
treasure this opportunity to be a professional athlete and to have the
support and they can really elevate their game and continue to improve
and stop not just netball. Generally in women's sport. You can be a
professional cyclist in women's cycling, new can be an Olympian, but
rather like in the men's games of football and rugby, to be a week in
and week out professional, that is a new ball game. It is making such a
big difference, I've been fortunate to coach in the last ten years,
coming away from plan, and the difference it makes, you have do
absorb yourself in it, if you are going to make the games which will
tail on the international stage, the whole sport needs to keep moving in
that direction and it is about time that women got that recognition --
which will tell on the international stage. In order to make the leap to
the Olympic Games, clearly more men have got to play. It is not unusual
in Australia, so what would you say to that? Tracey Neville said a few
days ago that that was one of the big things for netball, to get into
the Olympics, they need to have more men. England have the first
international umpire. The argument I have, you don't see men in
synchronised swimming, so why can't we just see netball in the Olympics?
That is a good man. That is for another day. In the meantime, the
World Cup is coming to England in 2019, so not long to go, that is a
big opportunity. Some of us can remember working at the last one in
1995 and that was a very long time ago. Back to this game, England with
32 shots and Australia with only 29, it is the percentage of conversion
that Australia have which is superior so far. Very unusual
situation. It is unusual, but not unexpected. Then we have the ball we
know we have a chance. It's about giving us more opportunities. And
fewer for the Australians. It is anyone's game at the moment. Here we
go, the third quarter. COMMENTATOR: As a former England
player, it is those moments which England have got to make count? Yes,
they do, you don't get many chances against Australia say you have got
to capitalise when you get them, and the shooting seems to have been a
bit of a deciding factor. The fact we have opportunities is amazing. We
have got to make sure we put them away. Changes for Australia. England
sticking. This is Kadeen Corbin, to get England off the mark. Great shot
and we need to carry on with that. That is one of those changes for
Australia. Tippett in at goal attack. Unusual style. Very quick,
former basketball player. She's 23 and I think the Aussies needed a
change the shooting circle. She is a bit taller. We will have to get used
to the quick shot she's got. Personal-best 20 goals against South
Africa last time out, relatively new in terms of international
experience. We need to keep moving in the circle. That is good, round
the edge. Pitman is always available on the edge. England then, that is
Sharni Layton, they are so quick with their passing, Australia.
Tippett with the movement and she makes it count. England have gone to
four now, we need to turn this centre pass over. Movement again
from Gretel Tippett and she has come out firing. She has. The England
defence have got to be a bit tighter. Thwaites is coming out to
get the ball and Tippett under the posts. Pitman combining with Housby
and back to Corbin. Those hands, the long reach of Sharni Layton, and
Australia with the ball. Pitman needed to send it wider. To Corbin.
The match just getting away from England at the moment. Jeevan Mendis
needs to stay tight on Thwaites. -- Geva Mentor needs to stay tight.
Making the space for herself again, Tippett. Gretel Tippett shooting at
100% so far, four from four. The England defence needs to liven up.
The call not going the way of Agbeze, contact call against her.
Caitlin Thwaites makes it Australia putting themselves further in front
with a seven goal lead now. England really need to score office now.
They have gone seven down -- score off this. In a very short amount of
time they have gone seven down and they'd need to pull this back.
Housby. That is a good shot. Confident short shot. Ellie Cardwell
on the bench appreciating that from England. Key moment. Slap of the
thighs from Agbeze. Thwaites did not have the best first half. Unusual
from Caitlin Thwaites. This is not perhaps the attacking circle that we
would always expect from Australia but it is the defending they have
really been trying new combinations. She has hesitated and she has missed
a couple of shots, which is uncharacteristic. Simpson just
taking that ball. Running into the corner. Thwaites will shoot from
here and she sends it through the net. 30 up now for Australia. They
are making those moments when things go their way count. Clarke, edge of
the circle. She will shoot, Housby. That was a good shot from Housby.
Composed shot. The ball getting into the Australian circle seems to be
easier. We have to tighten up on that defence from the England girls.
Those the thoughts of Lucia Sdao. You can get in touch, too. A good
little pop from Corbin to Housby. You get a shorter shot. A short shot
that is easier to put in. Great vision. Graceful play. Body on by
the insight that circle. The contact called. -- body on body inside the
circle. Step in from Tippett. Uncharacteristic from her. But the
options they have to get the ball back, although swatting from Agbeze
and Mentor or inside that circle, just a shame England could that --
could not make that kind. It is. But it was harder to get that ball
through. We need to move one of their shooters. Those lifted balls
around the circle edge make me nervous. When they lift them up, it
is an ideal opportunity for a circle defender to come flying out to take
it. 32 plays 26. Australia coming back
down court. International umpire Gary Burgess watching. A lot less
whistle in this half? Absolutely. It is a good game for this kind of
thing. The umpires are playing a love of advantage. It adds to the
flair and allows the players to perform within the rules. How much
would the players have had a little chat with the umpires? Anything they
will be looking to shut out? Nothing really. The captains have the
opportunity to ask the umpires. I didn't see that happen. The umpires
showing a good representation of themselves today. 27-32. The ball is
ending up in Aussie hands. We have to take a moment before we send it.
Agbeze gets a round of applause. She is working her socks off. Ama Agbeze
relatively new to the England captaincy. We have seen Geva Mentor
in that position lately. What's the backspace here. The roll of. Good
defence by England. Fantastic. Men tour being forced to hang onto
the ball longer then she would have wanted. -- Mentor. Corbin sends it
through the net. Just over six minutes of this third-quarter and
England back to within four. Fantastic. Came down the sideline a
bit too close for comfort. But Corbin taking a nice ball. Cobden
nearly turned that over. Beth Cobden one of the few of that seven for
England plying her trade in the Australian Super League. -- in the
Super League. Another missed shot for Tippett. Three on the run. It
doesn't happen very often. Gretel Tippett's shooting percentage has
dropped down to 24%. That won't help it. And England transitioning
quickly through court. Driving right down to the third line. You can see
the defence bring it to the third line.
We are being as patient as we can. A good swing across the circle. Great
shot again from Corbin. Taking us to three now. A word from Sharni
Layton, the Australia captain, to the rest of her players. The England
girls gaining much more depth. Now the crowd on their feet. Well
played Kadeen Corbin. Great defence on the centre pass by the England
girls. England were three down at half-time. Back to within two. A bit
of a tussle. Rove Aylan and Jade Clarke. -- Ravaillion.
Mentor got a hand to that. A bid of aggravation happening in the centre
of the court. World-class defence though. Turning the ball. Giving
England plenty of opportunities. Simpson hunting. Good shot from
Corbin. England come back within one goal of the number one team in the
world. Jade Clarke with the centre pass. Can they draw A level? --
level. Helen Housby! We are back level.
32-32. We are just seeing a change for Australia.
They're reacting, Lisa Alexander reacting with a change.
Pettitt on as goal shooter. Not sinking her first shot. But she
sinks her second. Gary Burgess behind that post. We have seen some
niggle. The good thing to know from the umpires here is there are times
when the game becomes frenetic and the umpires will stamp their
authority to bring it back under control. It's like a runaway train.
If you let it keep going, it is hard to bring it back. The umpires will
not play advantage on things and pull the infringements. No puffing
out on court for England at the moment. Good rebound by Housby. We
are on 33 all. A poker face from Tracey Neville. Great interception
from Cobden covering the circle edge. And backing up as well. Always
available. Ahead of this series, Beth Cobden said her dream one day
was to play and Australia. She's Australia at the moment. A plank
from Helen Housby. But she held onto it. And a great shot. What a
fantastic shot. When is the last time you could do a plank and see
your side in front? Just over a minute of this quarter remaining.
The England girls have been patient. They just need to keep the ball.
Such a key contest between Ravaillion and Clarke. Great
rotation. Housby goes into the space. Two goals the lead. 50
seconds. Big defence needed from England. Australia so strong in that
attacking circle. They won't let this phase them at all. Contact
called outside the circle. Australia, the best in the world for
a reason. Pettitt just telling the rest of side to calm it down. They
can handle these pressure moments. Sharni Layton is hunting. She nearly
came for the long one. Amazing. Here goes Kadeen Corbin. Brilliant,
brilliant! Australia will need to be quick to get the ball back down the
court and to make these dying seconds count. Surely not enough
time on the clock. England went into this quarter behind, 20 -- 24-21.
They have kept their patients. They have kept the skill level and made
those moments count. They go into the third quarter Liam Byrne 3611
34. A chance for Tracey Neville to tell her side to take the deep
breath and make those two goals count.
It is England, the world number three side, leading the world
champions and Commonwealth champions by two goals. They were seven behind
at one point. These are very, very extraordinary times. Do England
really have to grasp the nettle? You seldom get a terms to finish off the
number one in the world? England A worked so hard. They have
capitalised on their opportunities. It is so unlike Australia to miss so
many goals. When you have an opportunity where they are not
performing at their best, let's be honest, we need to put the boot in.
Look after the ball down the court and convert. We can take this. It's
an amazing quarter. We so Gretel Tippett coming on for Susan Pettitt.
-- saw. It wasn't just that quarter. I would have gone with that change
with tepid at half-time. I was hoping that Thwaites would be able
to get herself right. -- Tippett. I think Pettitt was uncomfortable. She
had to work hard to get back in. People can see how hard it is to get
free of Geva Mentor. A lot of passing within the circle. Not
taking your passes. Trying to off-load. Rather different to see
from an Australian goal shooter. At best she gets the ball and she turns
to the post. The style they chose to start with didn't work in our
favour. Gretel Tippett was fantastic. If you want impact off
the bench, that was great. The last ten minutes, England outscored them
12-4. That is no mean feat. A fantastic achievement. In the third
quarter against New Zealand it was even Stevens. That surpasses it.
Just tell me, again from Tracey Neville's perspective, they have
kept pace. They are in the lead. What will the words of advice be
from the coach? Back to basics. We need to treasure the ball. We just
need to convert our centre pass is. The intercept will, and the result
will takes back -- take care of itself. Four years ago England beat
Australia, their first time. What kind of opportunity is this right
now in the last quarter? It is a fantastic opportunity. Exactly what
the Quad Series was designed to do, to give our girls and opportunity.
The Aussies are having a Wembley wobble. This is a ground they don't
like playing in. Composer from both sides? Exactly. They have two focus
on the basics. 15 minutes will decide the outcome of this match. It
could mean that Australia will have to come back if they are to win this
Quad Series. What a chance that England will score a significant win
against the world number one side. Australia have won 28 of 32 tests on
English soil. 15 minutes left. Jade Clarke plies her trade in Australia.
England sticking with the seven that started. We have had a quick
turnover already. England have to keep this. As Natalie said, it is
about keeping the centre passes, scoring off you run centre passes.
Nevins has come on for Australia. Lucia Sdao in the commentary
position here at the SSE Arena. Let's see what sort of impact she
makes and if she has any impact on this for Australia. A bit of a loose
pass to Tippett. Tippett was shooting round about 40% in that
last quarter. Australia draw themselves back level. That second
phase ball for England has been really successful. A great take by
Corbyn. Footwork called against Kadeen Corbin. They don't like that
inside the arena. Good movement again inside the
circle. Pettitt has got lots of experience. She has got World Cup
medals, Commonwealth medals. That is what the Australians need at the
moment. But they are not without error, the world number ones.
Improvement from Australia in that circle. Are few boos in the crowd.
-- a few. Australia making England's mistakes count. England have to
think about ball placement. Making sure it gets to the player it is
intending. Pettitt so calm under the post. Another centre pass gone. That
is three now. England and need to keep an eye on this. A good tip by
Beth. Australia are out firing but A call against Tippett.
Pettitt really taking control of that attacking end. You can hear her
directing the play. England need to cut her down, really. Not literally,
obviously! Patient build-up by the England girls.
Good pressure again from Australia. Gary Burgess, staying on the legal
side at the moment, but such a key moment for the umpires when the
pressure grows. Absolutely. The boos in the crowd, potentially a lot of
it on fire to the umpires. These guys are experienced. Lisa McPhail
umpires in the Super League. The other umpire has had four ANZ finals
in Australia. There will be keeping their vision wide and making sure
they continued to try to play as much advantage as they can. What a
shot that was from Kadeen Corbin to take England back within a goal.
Should we need this, it could go to extra time if we are at level. If it
does, we will have seven minutes each way. If we are still level, we
will play until there is a two goal caution. -- cushion. Geva Mentor are
being told to cut the backchat. England needs to be getting up on
those three bands. We don't want to give the Australians any more shots.
-- rebound is. We have to make sure we are keeping
the ball. Natalie said we have to treasure it. We have to keep our
centre passes. Chelsea Pitman just saying hello. Leading Gabi Simpson
know she is there. -- letting. Tippett is a former basketball
player. The old fake hands. Back into the circle from Australia. Good
play by Nevins. And a good take by Tippett. I'm not sure that even hit
the ring. That one did. 41-38. Centre pass for Australia. Nine and
a half minutes of this match remaining. You can see the England
defence are trying to cut that second phase ball out. And Tippett,
tall and strong, holding the space to take that ball. Another gone for
England. Australia not afraid to move and use the whole court.
Tippett is tall and that ball over is going to be easy. That was good
defence by Helen Housby. Great pick-up. Movement from Kadeen
Corbin. Just when things were starting to pull away from England
and they take us back to within four. Good change in direction and
great vision from Pitman. Australia will make this work. Any
rebound, any turnover and the Australian record -- transition Dean
Court so quick. The England defence have to be right on it. -- down in
court. A missed shot by Pettitt. And an
England backline, what can they do with this one? Geva Mentor, former
England captain, to the current captain, Agbeze. Close hands. Nevins
was nearly on that one. Pitman resets. Great hot potato,
back to Housby. Just off the back. Corbyn wrestling this one through by
herself. Good call by Beth Cobden. What a great rebound. They have
really got to look at that long ball. If ever you wanted to know
that Sharni Layton was on court, that was one pulled contact there.
Housby and Corbyn shaded off. She has actually been quite quiet in
this game. -- shake it off. Ravaillion trying to make things
take for Australia. Geva Mentor so close to taking the ball. Great
support for Australia inside the arena.
Four goals is nothing with six minutes left. Not at all. It takes
ten seconds to score a goal. Make that three. England need to stay
with it. Turn this over. And as if by magic Agbeze comes out with the
ball. Great turnover by the captain. Sharni Layton will gobble those up
every day of the week. Contact called again. Jade Clarke really
trying to turn that ball over. Good land from Australia. We're back out
to four. Five minutes of the match remaining. Still close. Cobden...
Lots of lateral ball. We need to get some depth on this. That was
unintentional. Or I just being kind? I would not like to be
unintentionally taken out. Everybody is contesting. Four and a half
minutes. Three goals for England to pull back. Big defence needed.
England really putting the pressure on. They could do with a turnover to
take it to two. Edge of the circle. This is where Australia are clever.
They are just running the clock down.
OK England, let's go. We need to score from this centre pass. You
said Sharni Layton was having a quiet game. Australia won't mind
that kind of quiet game from their captain. Looks like Corbyn got an
injury. She has got -- she is going to have to come off. She took a
finger, a hand in the face. 30 seconds, she has to get off court.
Yes, I think the action that came was a by-product, really. It was a
really good tip. A lesser umpire may have blown it as an infringement.
Unfortunately, the player got Mac -- caught on the way through.
Haythornthwaite 's -- Haythornthwaite comes on for
England. She is about to ply their trade with wasps. Let's see if she
can make our mark with three minutes remaining. Contact called. Cause
this be another swing for England? Haythornthwaite will give you the
legs inside that circle. Pitman calmed things down. Housby makes it
count. Back to within three. Great confident shot from Housby. Good
second stage defence by Clarke. Nearly got the first one as well.
Mentor gets it. England get the call. Pettitt not happy with that.
Great switch by Mentor and Agbeze. Caution cold against Gretel Tippett.
Let's see where this one goes. Big moment for Haythornthwaite. And a
contact called. It gives England another goal. England back to two.
Two minutes remaining. Pitman trying hard to get free on the circle edge.
And a contact called. An offside call. What a two minutes at the SSE
Arena. Some any times before we have seen Housby in those pressure
situations. One goal in it. Centre pass to Australia. England needs to
be tied. All seven tied. -- England needs to be tight. All seven tied.
It is anybody's game. Mentor ends up on our backside. Agbeze, too.
Pettitt sinks the goal again. 47-45. Just over a minute. England needs to
be quick. Pitman to Clarke. Haythornthwaite not in her
traditional position, where she has been playing all her life. Putting
that away fantastic. Can England turn the ball over? Into the last 40
seconds. Australia will move the ball around court. They will get the
clock counting down. When they get that opportunity inside the circle,
they can make it count. They are trying to make -- use up all the
time. The call goes with Australia. Just making this movement around
court, Australia so clever. The call has gone the way of England, time
called. Caution against Pettitt, the last 16 seconds. Then England tag us
into extra time? -- can. Time called. Contact called. They will
have 11 seconds. Here we go again, Haythornthwaite. England need to get
it into the circle. No. Sharni Layton, the big player for the big
moment, she turns it over and there goes the hooter. England have taken
Australia as close as they have run them for many years but too far in
the end. What an amazing game. Tracey Neville will be delighted,
fantastic performance from England, who really gave us a performance
against South Africa which was not up to standard and lost heavily
against the Silver Ferns but this is a great performance against the
number ones. Tracey Neville is happy with the performance from her side,
but how close they have run the world number one team. Ultimately it
ends in defeat here at the SSE Arena. Nothing between the number
one and number three teams in the world. It is the moments again, you
could not have told much difference in level. Not that all. It is the
basic mistakes, the mist shots, it all counts in the end. You are
playing for a whole hour and those little moments can. They have got to
move on from this, a brilliant performance and something they can
move forward on -- those little moments count. Well done, girls.
There is the hard all from the Aussie Diamonds, but England are
done on one knee, they know they have taken the number one team in
the world right to the brink, but Australia will defend their Quad
Series title. What a performance from the Roses, but oh so close at
the end. It wasn't to be. It finishes here inside the SSE Arena
47-46, two Australia. That is international netball at its
absolute best, what a fantastic Test match. England have run the world
champions and the world number one team, the Aussie Diamonds, very very
close. Just one goal in it in the end. It means that Australia, the
Diamonds, have won the Quad Series with three wins. But my goodness,
Tracey Neville's team pushed their mighty hard today. -- pushed them.
How significant a match was that for both teams? Both teams put out a
world-class performance. Australia uncharacteristically missed a lot of
shots but they worked their way through it. They brought on Pires
who had an -- players who had an impact on the game and they were
always able to find a way. Sharni Layton came alive in the final
quarter. Anything that was potentially lose, she was on it. It
was a true captain's performance galvanising her team. England needed
to get the last goal to go to extra time which I was excited about it,
and Sharni Layton got the match-winning interception, to make
sure this game ended in on an Australian victory. World-class.
Many people were delighted to see such a competitive Test match, but
should this have been England's victory? Without meaning to be
negative, the opportunity was there. It will be very rare that you will
see Australia missed that many shots under the post. And allow teams to
come back at them. Not just a couple of goals, but 5-6, seven, that is
uncharacteristic and Tracey Neville will be regretting the fact, because
you have got to seize those moments. The message it could have sent. This
is fantastic, they will take confidence from the fact they got
themselves back into the game, but those statistics will frustrate
England when they look at them because there were opportunities in
every corner. They got back, they went up, as soon as we took the lead
we could not hold the lead. That will be the area they will want to
work out how to do. To be fair the Australians are well rehearsed and
hence why they have been able to get through it today. It is handling the
lead and capitalising on the lead, that is the next step forward for
England. Absolutely. There were options for both teams to seal the
deal, and it was who got it on the day. Let's go back to the key
moments in the final quarter. We have seen over the years, you have
officiated in games at the Commonwealth Games where Australia
and New Zealand has been decided by one single goal. Composure, handling
the moment, you have got to be in it to experience that. So how important
is this for Tracey Neville's squad? Invaluable, this is a packed
stadium, it is very tight, and thinking about being precise with
what they are delivering. Decision-making under pressure, the
errors reduced as we got close to the end, and we saw that our team
was able to get interceptions. Unfortunately for us, Australia were
bit better in terms of doing that. We now have Tracey Neville. I'm not
sure whether it is commiserations or congratulations, but that was an
absolutely brilliant advertise -- advert for your squad. I apologise
to my team, I thought against New Zealand they had only given 30
minutes, and when I looked at the footage they had given 45 and I said
to them, 15 minutes, you completely destroyed yourself, you can't do
that. It was about feeling comfortable and uncomfortable, and
those girls, I'm so proud of them. I said you have got to back each other
and respond to everything we do on court, and I'm proud of them. We
were just talking about being in that moment and being able to handle
the final quarter like that, and getting used to being in the lead
against teams like Australia. Unknown quantity for many of the
team. How'd you them all used to it? -- how do you get them all used to
it? It is all for coming someone had said would you like to be in this
situation, I would have said yes. In training I would have said, what
have you done that for? It is lessons learned. You can look at the
critical moments where we could have got ahead of Australia, but we have
to look at the positives. The way we pick ourselves up, we showed and the
girls bought from the start until the end, and we made them make
changes and that is something we have got to do because as a coach
you have got to challenge the coaching staff as well as the team.
There is a target for you, the World Cup, the World Championship, in
Liverpool in 2019, but that brings its own pressures. It is
interesting. The target is to produce a gold medal at the 2019, as
Australia will tell you, that is not easy. My biggest challenge is about
getting on the same game plan and getting these players together and
training them and building into the Commonwealth Games. We said we had
to improve as a team and our culture and our behaviour and I think we are
going in the right direction. That might not be seen externally at
times but internally the girls have been real positive, and
behind-the-scenes, they are challenging me and hopefully I'm
challenging them in the same way and we have got to keep doing that. And
never take second best. You have a lot of targets ahead of you, the
World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, coming up next year. After
that performance, at this Quad Series, have you a clearer picture
now of what you are going to be doing for the squad? I'm not going
to lie, I need thinking time, and I think this next visit, will be very
good to see them back in their clubs, to see the passion fly
through, which we see all the time, but that gives me a bit of step back
period, to assess where we are at. We start the programme in July and
it has to be nailed on this time, it has to be absolutely perfect, be on
perfect. If we are going to have a chance of getting into the final. --
beyond. It has been a joy to watch that match, very well played to you
and your team. It is good to see you back covering the netball. It is
good to be back. There were a lot of changes in the Australian personnel?
Yes, I need the team out in front of me to make my life a bit easier.
What about the closing seconds of the match? Did you feel calm? That
is my job at the back, to keep it calm and to be the anchor for the
team, and we were a bit slow off the mark every time they made changes,
but we got back into the swing of things and we just had to get the
ball in the defensive end. We are knackered, but we were ready to go
into extra time, but unfortunately we were not able to score. But so
proud of the girls this afternoon, they have done so well and they
turned it around after the lousy performance in the week. We have
been trying so hard. Finally, is this one that has got away?
Absolutely, I'm away stepping out to win, credit to the crowd and
Wembley, they got us over the line, we felt the energy, and I'm so proud
of the girls and what paper in in this last performance. It was a
great game to watch and congratulations on your most
valuable player award. The Australians, what will they take?
That England are forced be reckoned with and they need to look at their
attacking players on court, they are missing the likes of Natalie
Midhurst. The second line coming through, they felt under pressure by
the England defence, so they might have to look at that and see how
they can develop their game. From the England perspective, the main
positive to take? The fact that when things weren't going well, they got
back out. The centre pass attack was not consistent, statistics will
prove that, so it is around consistency, and they now know when
Australia go ahead by seven, they can get it back. Punishing Australia
when they are not 100% is the first building block, really, to be able
to build them. For people just watching netball for the first time
after many years, what do you hope it has shown about this sport?
Netball is no longer just for the playground, we have had a great
battle on the court. And we are showcasing the sport as a really
credible international sport. Gone are the days of girls on school
courts, this is where it is and this is what it is all about. It is a
career choice for women now. If you are good enough you can play in the
UK Superleague and in New Zealand you have a new premiership and you
have this magic Superleague which is starting in Australia. These are
exciting times. It has been fantastic to share this with you.
Thanks for joining us. I hope you have enjoyed it. This is what is
happening next. You have a chance to see athletics with a brand-new
format. It is a team event. Old and new races in that event, and that is
coming very shortly. If you are hooked netball, we will
show the first of two frilly matches for Wales -- the first of two
friendly matches. England have shown their horns, but it is not for
nothing that Australia are nicknamed the Diamonds, they are tough and
resolute and they have shone just a tiny bit brighter today. From all of
us here, goodbye. Secure your place at
the 500 Words Final, BBC Radio 2's writing competition
for kids with our honorary judge
Live coverage as England take on Australia in the International Netball Quad Series at the SSE Arena in London. The competition brings together four of the top five sides in the world rankings, with old rivals England and Australia joined by New Zealand and South Africa in the battle to be crowned champions.