Australia Beats England 61-45 to win Netball World Cup

Noah Strang
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Noah Strang
08/08/2023
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Australia Dominates England to Reclaim Netball World Cup Gold

Australia are Netball World Champions after avenging a group stage loss to England with a big 61-45 victory in the final.  

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  • Road to the final is complete
  • Australia wins big in the final.
  • Diamonds avenge only ever loss to England in a World Cup.
  • 12th World Cup title for Australia.

The Australian Diamonds dominated England in the Netball World Cup final to win gold for the 12th time. Australia bounced back from their first ever loss to England at a World Cup with a tightly contested semi-final win over Jamaica followed by the big 61-45 victory over England in the final. 

Road to the final for the Diamonds

Australia began their tournament in Group A with the likes of Tonga, Zimbabwe, and Fiji. 

They went 3-0 in the first group stage easily dispatching of each of those opponents by 56 points or more. 

Advancing to Group F of the winners’ stage, Australia dominated Malawi and Scotland to set up a final group stage match against England to determine who would win the group. 

The two teams battled hard and for the first time in history the Diamonds lost to the Roses in a World Cup match leaving them as runners-up in the group. 

This had bettors who had backed Australia worried, but they’re futures tickets at betting apps were still safe. 

This result set up a semi-final matchup with Group G winners Jamaica for Australia. The match was tightly contested as the two teams went back and forth seeing the game go into its final five minutes tied at 50. 

Diamonds’ Courtney Bruce was able to secure a pivotal interception to give the Aussies the advantage as they would go on to win 57-54 to advance to the final. 

England faced New Zealand in their semi-final and pulled away from a tied game in the final quarter to win 46-40. 

Australia Dominates England in the Final

The final was full of storylines heading in. 

Of course, for the Diamonds it was a chance to avenge their first ever loss to England at a World Cup. Along with that, it was England’s first time being in a Netball World Cup final while Australia have never missed the tournament’s final match. 

Australia was also looking to reclaim the gold medal that they lost four years ago to New Zealand. 

The match began as one would have expected being played very tightly by both teams’ defensive lines. The Diamonds were able to jump out to an early three-point lead which was enough to prompt Roses coach Jess Thirlby substitute Fran Williams in the game. 

Williams proved to be a difference maker disrupting Australia’s attack and helping England back to level terms. 

At the end of the first quarter the two teams were tied at 13. 

Player of the tournament Helen Housby got the second quarter started by putting England ahead, but the Diamonds flexed their muscles from that point forward. 

The Diamonds were consistently deflecting balls and gained a couple interceptions as by the end of the quarter they found themselves with a 27-23 lead. Australia had led by six at halftime of their group stage match however, so the job was certainly nowhere near finished. 

The third quarter is when the Aussies really started to fire on all cylinders. 

The Diamond defenders were all over the likes of Housby and Cardwell making life difficult for the two stars. After scoring two quick goals, the Australian lead was six. Sarah Klau was brought on for Australia and immediately made her presence felt with a tip preventing the Roses from cutting into that lead. 

The Australian offense was unstoppable as they won the quarter 19-13 to lead by ten going into the final frame. 

The fourth quarter saw more of the same high-quality play form the Aussies as England seemed to be out of countermoves. 

Interceptions and stolen passes along with Sophie Garbin and Finals MVP Kiera Austin finding the net consistently led the Diamonds to a 16-point 61-45 win. 

The margin was Australia’s largest in a Netball World Cup final since 1995 as they have reclaimed the status of world champions. 

Australia was able to bounce back from their disappointing first ever loss to England at a World Cup by dismantling the Roses 61-45 in the final. The gold medal marks the 12th time Australia has won the World Cup and sees them reclaim the title they lost four years ago to New Zealand.