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England’s netballers celebrate thrilling Games victory over Aussie favourites

Coming up Roses: England’s netballers
fall to the floor as they celebrate their win
before claiming their Commonwealth
Games gold medals (below) PICTURE: GETTY

IT was a last-second victory so dramatic it left viewers poleaxed. And when England’s netballers pulled off their greatest-ever victory, the jubilant team was floored too.

The Roses celebrated their 52-51win against Commonwealth Games hosts Australia in a mass bundle of bodies as player Kadeen Corbin performed backflips on court to show her joy.

Head coach Tracey Neville, the sister of former England and Manchester United stars Phil and Gary Neville, said the win had been a ‘dream come true’. She added: ‘Australia are the renowned, world number ones and to beat them at that time, I’m really, really proud — the feeling of that is amazing.’

Until the match every Commonwealth Games final had been between Australia and New Zealand. This one went right to the wire, with shooter Helen Housby netting the vital penalty at the end.

‘To score the winning goal in the final against Australia in the last second — every single box is ticked,’ she said.The team continued their crazy celebrations by jokingly threatening BBC presenter Mike Bushell — who earlier in the tournament fell in a pool during an interview — with a second soaking.

During a beach-side interview the players picked him up and dragged him towards the sea, before eventually letting him go at the water’s edge.

The win has already prompted calls for The Roses to be named ‘team of the year’ at the BBC sports awards.