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NETBALL: New Zealand inflict last gasp heartbreak on England

England's Kadeen Corbin (left) and Geva Mentor (right) show their dejection after losing their Netball semi final match against New Zealand

England's Kadeen Corbin (left) and Geva Mentor (right) show their dejection after losing their Netball semi final match against New Zealand

England suffered the cruellest of semi-final heartbreaks as they suffered an agonising last-second defeat to New Zealand to miss out on their first ever gold-medal match at the Commonwealth Games.

Amid shredded nerves and in front of a vocal full-house at the SECC venue, Anna Mayes' side led by four points in the second quarter, four in the third, and three at one point in the fourth, only to falter at the crucial moment.

Against Australia in the pool stage, Jo Harten's miss cost England dear. On this occasion a turnover following an error from Kadeen Corbeen gave Maria Tutaia the chance to make the winning shot and leave them crestfallen.

Defeat to the two-time reigning champions by a single point is no disgrace, but the tears of the players as the left the court told their own story. This was a match they had at their mercy and let slip through their fingers.

Centre Sara Bayman said: "The gap is small between us and Australia and New Zealand. We've lost in the fourth quarter both by one - we know we are on a level with those teams but you have got to get over the line.

"Whether it is a mental thing or a pressure thing, whatever it is, you have got to have it to win the games like today.

"When we have got a team under the pump, we need to really push on and press that advantage home, and we have not done that - it is a problem we have."

 

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