Netball World Cup 2023
Location: Cape Town, South Africa Schedule: 28th July to 6th August
Broadcasting: Tune in to live coverage on BBC TV and BBC iPlayer, catch live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra & BBC Sounds, and stay updated with text commentary of selected matches on Sport Newes Center website and app.
The thrilling encounter saw the two sides evenly matched at each quarter, but England demonstrated a strong final surge, winning the match 46-40.
A scene of euphoria overtook the court as England ran down the clock to outlast the Silver Ferns, securing a spot in Sunday’s grand event in Cape Town.
Earlier, Australia, who fell to England in the group phase, overcame Jamaica with a 57-54 win.
The final showdown will commence at 17:00 BST and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the Sport Newes Center website and app.
Australia, boasting 11 World Cup wins and a Commonwealth gold from the previous year, is a regular contender in the World Cup finals. Yet, they are up against a determined English side who showcased sturdy defense against New Zealand, despite some shooting inconsistencies.
Now, England is eyeing their most prestigious title since their victory in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where they outplayed Australia to secure the gold.
England’s journey hasn’t been smooth sailing, facing significant criticism due to their failure to secure a medal at the Games in Birmingham the previous year, after their 2018 gold victory.
The reins were handed over to Jess Thirlby from Tracey Neville after England clinched the World Cup bronze in 2019, post their semi-final loss to New Zealand. Thirlby acknowledged the need for change and focused on fostering a squad of 12 reliable players, an effort now bearing fruit at this tournament.
Following their victory, Thirlby expressed her feelings of immense pride and commended the team’s mental fortitude. Co-captain Natalie Metcalf echoed her sentiments, recognizing the year’s challenges and expressing immense pride in wearing the red dress.
Steady England Harvest Rewards
England’s path to the final went rather unnoticed until their decisive group match against Australia. The team’s impressive performance against the top two teams of the tournament, including their recent victory over the Silver Ferns, has been a testament to their steady progress.
The semi-final was a tight, low-scoring game, featuring world-class defensive displays from both sides. England’s shooting performance was subpar, but their defensive stalwarts turned the tide.
As the match moved into the final quarter with the score tied at 32-32, it was evident that a standout moment was necessary to avoid overtime. England’s Fran Williams delivered, securing a crucial turnover which eventually led to a critical score. The final minutes of the game saw England assert dominance, culminating in jubilant celebrations at the final buzzer.
Australia, later in the day, bested Jamaica to keep their hopes of a 12th world title alive. A nail-biting first half gave way to a slight lead for Australia in the third quarter. A last-minute defensive play by Courtney Bruce secured Australia’s victory, setting up an eagerly anticipated final clash with England.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Netball World Cup 2023 Final
Who will be facing Australia in the Netball World Cup 2023 final?
England will be facing Australia in the Netball World Cup 2023 final after defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Where and when is the Netball World Cup 2023 taking place?
The Netball World Cup 2023 is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 28th July to 6th August.
What was the score in the semi-final match between England and New Zealand?
The semi-final match between England and New Zealand ended with a score of 46-40 in favor of England.
How can I watch the final of the Netball World Cup 2023?
The final of the Netball World Cup 2023 will be broadcast live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the Sport Newes Center website and app at 17:00 BST.
Has Australia ever missed a World Cup final before?
No, Australia, who are 11-time world champions, have always been a part of the World Cup final.
Who is the coach of England’s netball team?
The current coach of England’s netball team is Jess Thirlby.
What was the result of Australia’s semi-final match in the Netball World Cup 2023?
Australia won their semi-final match against Jamaica with a score of 57-54.