Roses beat Australia again, but are denied Quad crown
JERSEY’S Serena Guthrie captained England to a memorable netball triumph over world champions Australia in the final match of the 2019 Quad Series – but the margin of victory was not enough to secure an historic tournament title.
Having suffered a surprise loss to South Africa on Saturday, the Roses needed to beat the Diamonds by five goals or more on Sunday evening to claim their first-ever Series title at the expense of their fierce rivals. The Commonwealth Games gold medallists bounced back from 16-9 down at a sold-out Copper Box Arena in London and led 40-34 in the third, but Australia closed the gap by just enough in the closing stages to take yet another Quad crown, finishing 52-49 behind.
Guthrie, named as captain for a second consecutive international series as Ama Agbeze continues her recovery from injury, will return to Team Bath this week for the remainder of the 2019 Super League season. The next time she sees her England colleagues on court will be at this summer’s Netball World Cup, in Liverpool.
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