Commonwealth Games: Diamonds stunned at the death by England, women’s rugby sevens lost in extra time
A buzzer-beater goal saw England upset world champions Australia to win Commonwealth Games gold in netball.
Helen Housby scored a penalty shot on the buzzer to give the Roses the 52-51 win, becoming the first nation other than Australia or New Zealand to win the Commonwealth title.
England had trailed by three goals at stages in the fourth quarter, but clawed their way back into the contest and had the chance to gain a two-goal buffer in the final minute.
They missed twice, allowing Diamonds goal shooter Caitlyn Bassett to bring the game back even with just 15 seconds left.
But Housby was fouled at the death and converted a late goal to give England its second final-second win in as many games.
They beat bronze medallists Jamaica with a last gasp goal in the semi-final.
The Diamonds had been undefeated so far in the tournament, and captain Bassett was stunned by the result.
“Obviously pretty gutted. It does not feel real. Obviously we had an amazing one coming into this game, such an amazing team. Credit to England, who wanted it,” she said.
“They were physical … something Australia is known for. They did a good job of smothering us.”
Extra-time agony in rugby sevens
A runaway try in extra time from New Zealand has denied Australia the gold medal in the women’s rugby sevens in Robina.
Kelly Brazier launched a solo attack from inside New Zealand’s 22 to beat the desperate Australian defence and deliver a 17-12 victory.
“What if, what if …” Australia coach Tim Walsh said after the game. “We’re shattered.”
The result was sweet for New Zealand, who had lost to Australia in the Rio Olympics final in 2016.
Scores had been locked at 12-12 after Australia fought back in the second half following a bright start from New Zealand.
Emilee Cherry got Australia on the board when she scored from short range after taking an offload from Vani Pelite, who had pounced on a New Zealand overthrow at a line-out.
The conversion was successful and Australia had a chance to claim a win in regulation time after Ellia Green had dotted down for the host nation’s second try.
But a missed conversion attempt left the two teams level on 12-12, before Australia wasted an attacking opportunity after the half-time siren sounded when Cassie Staples bizarrely kicked the ball into touch when in possession.
Walsh refused to blame Staples for the loss, though, saying it was “one of many mistakes” at the end of the game.
Prior to Australia’s fight-back, New Zealand deserved to be in front, as it dominated the first half with an outstanding try to Portia Woodman and a second five-pointer from Michaela Blyde.
“We’re there to perform, and we did for most parts of it but we just didn’t finish it,” Walsh said.
‘Inspirational’ Boomers see off Canada
Australia has clinched Commonwealth gold in the men’s basketball final, thumping Canada 87-47.
In a mediocre contest which saw Canada endure an awful cold streak in the shooting department, the Boomers — consisting entirely of domestic NBL players — comfortably accounted for their opponents in every quarter.
The Australians shot 44 per cent from field goals in the first quarter but still edged Canada in the opening exchanges, before the Boomers fired 14 points without response before half-time to lead by 26.
By three-quarter time, Australia had the game in the bag, leading 63-29, with Cam Gliddon proving to be the main threat from beyond the arc.
Only in the final stanza did the match truly open up with the game as good as won already; both sides exchanging three-pointers.
Chris Goulding top-scored for the Australians with 11 points, while Nathan Sobey netted 10 points and collected eight rebounds.
Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said the Boomers attitude and play had been “inspirational” on the way to the gold medal.
“They’re inspirational in the way they go about their business and the attitude that they give to it, and as you see, they’re able to produce on the international stage,” he said.
“As a team we really took on that identity over the course of the tournament — that we could shut people down.
“Our depth allowed us to sustain a level over the course of the 40 minutes and we were able to wear teams out.”