England Roses start new era under Jess Thirlby with dramatic extra-time victory
A new age was began by the Vitality Roses of england following their victory in Cape Town under head coach Jess Thirlby on a winning note.
Locked at 51 goals the Roses had the opportunity to seal the deal and finish the job in normal time.
However, they appeared to miscalculate the length of the final 20 seconds and that produced a hurried (and missed) final shot by Eleanor Cardwell.
The first half of extra-time lasted to go goal-for-goal with the Roses of Thirlby trimming it 57-56 until defender Fran Williams stepped up to move, and pattern lasted.
Williams’ textbook interception of a cross-court chunk from the captain Bongi Msomi of South Africa provided the turning point. This time, worked it , England maintained their eyes on the clock and went on to seal a victory.
Thirlby went using an air of having praised her squad’s’ training strength and ethic’ from the build-up and they needed every inch of that to South Africa.
The home side were roared on by support within the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town and also had a point to establish functioning under their own new head coach – Dorette Badenhorst.
The Roses settled with both circles working in the opening quarter and finding their toes. The returning Stacey Francis and Williams gave GA Renske Stoltz a tough time while captain Nat Haythornthwaite ignited the attack ending of England at WA and introduced.
The end result proved to be a favorable 28-23 lead after 30 minutes. When both sides made adjustments No matter how the tide turned in the third quarter.
England moved Haythornthwaite and introduced Laura Malcolm in WA while Lef??bre Rademan came in GA for South Africa and has been electric.
A success in the past quarter boosted the house side and told the story of England losing a touch of the fluidity and rhythm.
The Roses were stayed for by the changes though and after a game of cat-and-mouse, Cardwell missed the opportunity to seal victory at time.
A positional switch between Panagarry and also Clarke – the prior moving back into WD and the latter shifting in C – finished England’s match in extra time for them whilst South Africa re-introduced Msomi for the last seven minutes.
Ultimately, as the Roses’ head coach said it came down to the best of margins.
With the clock running down, Msomi’s pass was picked off with her former Wasps teammate Williams and that handed a second bite of the cherry to England. This time, they took it to officially begin the tenure to a winning notice of Thirlby.
Both sides have a turnaround with the Centre Pass of the next Test taking place on Saturday lunchtime.
Both will soon be live on Sky Sports and the Evaluation will start at 11am on Sunday and streamed online through the Sky Sports YouTube station.
Thirlby was happy to find out more regarding the’match-winners’ within her squad however, needs the side to trim the runs of intentions against them in the second Test of Saturday.
South Africa’s new head coach praised the work of both teams on court and represented on the pros and cons when it came to her group’s performance.
Sky Sports is the home of netball and live action yields with this excursion to South Africa. The second Evaluation from the Velodrome in Cape Town will be shown on November 30 at 12.30pm and will be staged globally on YouTube.