The Vitality Roses scooped not one but two awards – Team of the Year and Greatest Sporting Moment (as voted for by the public) – in the space of just two minutes at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 ceremony.
🤩 You're not dreaming.
— England Netball 🌹🏅 (@EnglandNetball) December 17, 2018
Tracey Neville’s side wrote their names into the nation’s sporting history once again after fighting off fierce competition from other incredibly talented and deserving nominees to win the accolades.
2018 has been an unbelievable year for the Roses with some hugely significant milestones, including that nail-biting Commonwealth Games victory over world champions and home favourites Australia.
Here are some of the key moments you might have missed…
Best-ever Quad Series finish – silver
First win vs. New Zealand at a major competition – England 54-45 New Zealand
First major final – beat Jamaica 56-55 in the semi-final
First victory over Australia since 2013 – England 52-51 Australia
Up to second in the International Netball Federation World Rankings – the first time the top two spots on the international ladder haven’t been occupied by Australia and New Zealand since the introduction of the system in 2008
Biggest-ever win vs. New Zealand – England 52-39 New Zealand
One of the largest deals in women’s sport in the UK with Vitality
Team of the Year – 2018 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards
Official partnership with global sportswear manufacturer Nike
— England Netball 🌹🏅 (@EnglandNetball) November 27, 2018
Clean sweep vs. Uganda in Vitality Netball International Series
BT Sport Team of the Year
Team of the Year at the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) British Sports Awards
BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year 2018
BBC Sports Personality Greatest Sporting Moment 2018
The Vitality Roses will be back in action in January 2019 when they face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series!