Bronze Medal Match Commonwealth Games Preview: Team England vs New Zealand

Team England take on the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the bronze medal match of the Commonwealth Games 2022.

New Zealand lost out in the semi-finals of the tournament to dominant rivals Jamaica, with the final score 67-51 in favour of the Sunshine Girls. The Silver Ferns are currently ranked second in the world and are current defending world champions. They finished narrowly below Team England in the pool stages, with England winning their first meeting 54-44.

How to Watch:

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Date: Sunday 7 August

First centre pass: 13:30

Where to watch online: BBC iPlayer

Where to watch with your teammates: England Netball, South London’s iconic Pop Brixton and popular pub chain, The Botanist in BirminghamAlderley Edge and West Bridgford, Nottingham, are working together to create a series of designated ‘screening hubs’ where fans can come together, watch the sold-out games and enjoy the tournament as it unfolds. Grab your teammates and find out how to book here.

You can download the Netball schedule so you don’t miss a game and grab our watch-along Wall Planner so you can follow each team’s progress.

View From Inside the England Camp

Jess Thirlby: 

“New Zealand are going to be out gunning for us in terms of the result the other day, they too will want to get back on a plane with a medal round their necks. So, we’re going to have to be really smart, we’re going to have to have a better start than we did in our match against Australia.

“We need to get our heads and shoulders back, we’re a good team. Up until now we’ve performed really well and grown into the tournament so for now, it’s just a blip at a really bad time and tomorrow needs to be a better performance again.

“The team are a mature, robust group. You do have to allow some time and space to feel the disappointment and then we need to get back on track with what we did do well today in patches that will work against New Zealand. The good news is we had a brilliant game plan against them previously and we did a good job with it, but we certainly won’t be underestimating New Zealand this time around.

“It’s going to be a much tougher game, there’s more at stake this time. I have complete faith in the girls that they will come back and put a much better performance out and continue to make this home crowd really proud.”

New Zealand full squad:

Kayla Johnson, Phoenix Karaka, Kelly Jury, Sulu Fitzpatrick, Gina Crampton, Shannon Saunders, Whitney Souness, Kate Heffernan, Maia Wilson, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Grace Nweke, Bailey Mes.

Here’s a guide to the competition, including how you can follow all the action.

If you’re new to our sport and want to have a go yourself, we have programmes for everyone aged 5 to 95 from Bee Netball for children, to Back to Netball for those returning, to Walking Netball, a slower version of the game we love. Through the netball finder on our homepage, simply select play and enter your postcode and you’ll find a variety of sessions in your area.

Loved being in the crowd or watching from home? There’s more live netball coming your way in England this October – book tickets now.

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