In a captivating match, England rallied from an eight-goal third-quarter shortfall to triumph 56-55, igniting the jubilant crowd. This remarkable win marks only the second time the Roses have defeated Australia since their triumph at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Both teams, along with Jamaica, New Zealand, or South Africa, will now progress to the semi-finals on Saturday. England had already secured their place in the last four before the Thursday match, and this result maintains their flawless record with six wins out of six.
Despite never having won a Netball World Cup and settling for bronze in the past three editions, England will draw immense confidence from their resilient performance against the top-ranked Australian team. Their ability to stage a comeback and maintain composure in the final seconds to secure a crucial victory bodes well for their future prospects.
Head coach Jess Thirlby expressed the significance of the team’s mental strength, stating, “The fact that we were eight goals down, yet pushed through in the final 15 minutes and emerged victorious – the implications of that for our group’s mindset cannot be underestimated.”
Thirlby also emphasized the need to focus on the upcoming games, recognizing that today’s triumph will only truly matter if they can replicate their success.
Nonetheless, she acknowledged the importance of allowing the players to celebrate this momentous achievement.