TEAM NI: Lisa Somerville thrilled with seventh spot for netball team

Northern Ireland's Lisa Somerville
Northern Ireland's Lisa Somerville

Northern Ireland’s netball team finished their first Commonwealth Games in seventh place, rounding off a successful tournament by beating Wales 58-36, a result that meant they exceeded their pre-Games target of eighth.

A delighted Lisa Somerville said afterwards: “We are absolutely over the moon, we are delighted. We came here with the expectation of eighth and we wanted seventh.

“We got a good start, maintained it, built it throughout the game and just finished off on a high. It was brilliant.

“We had a point to prove and on this the highest stage for netball this was the time to do it.”

Northern Ireland recovered after losing their first three games to tough opposition in the shape of Malawi, Jamaica and New Zealand but finished with group victories over St Lucia and Scotland before the win over Wales.

“The first three games were hard. We still went out with the mentality of playing a good game even though we knew the result might not have been in our favour,” added Somerville.

“So it was a good opportunity to use everybody, and work out some strategies for the last two group games and then the game against the Welsh.”