2018: A golden year for the Vitality Roses

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.

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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


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

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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!

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