“Very proud moment” as Serena Guthrie and Eboni Usoro-Brown help England to podium place at 2019 Netball World Cup
After a heartbreaking 47-45 defeat to eventual champions New Zealand denied them a first-ever World Cup Final place, the Vitality Roses dug deep to finish the home tournament on a rousing note by beating South Africa 58-42 in Sunday’s bronze-medal match.
Guthrie, who was an inspirational captain for England, told the BBC: “This group will be disappointed that we didn’t reach the final but to be able to stand on a podium in front of our home fans, friends and family is a very proud moment.
“You have to understand the journey behind the medals and how tough the competition is. World netball is as tight as it has ever been and we knew we would get what we deserved at the end of the competition, which was a bronze medal.
“We went out and fought against New Zealand, gave everything we could, and it wasn’t good enough. You have to accept that as an athlete and we are extremely proud to win bronze.”
Special SO & congratulations to our @TeamBathNetball co-captains @serenabob @EboniBChambers
Both have contributed brilliantly to this @NetballWorldCup campaign & are phenomenal role models for our sport 👊🏼👊🏼 https://t.co/fESpAbKAwX
— Anna Mayes (@ENCoach_Mayes) July 21, 2019
Both Guthrie and Usoro-Brown, who started every game at GD and won her 100th cap during the tournament, had won bronze with England at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.
They then helped the Roses clinch a historic gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and England looked to build on that in front of their home fans in Liverpool, winning all of their group games in impressive style.
However, a resurgent New Zealand side – who went on to stun Australia 52-51 in the final – had the edge in Saturday’s semi-final, overturning a 24-21 half-time deficit to record a 14th World Cup victory over England.
The Player of the Tournament award went to another former Blue & Gold star – Karla Pretorius who was one of three ex-Team Bath players in the South Africa squad that finished fourth overall, alongside Lenize Potgieter and Zanele Vimbela.
Vangelee Williams helped Jamaica place fifth, Sports Performance graduate Shaunagh Craig was part of a Northern Ireland team that came tenth overall and Claire Maxwell captained Scotland to 11th overall.