Vitality Roses Netball World Cup Final Live Blog

Credit: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023

The Vitality Roses are in a Netball World Cup final for the very first time! After defeating the defending champions the New Zealand Silver Ferns yesterday in a dramatic semi-final, Jess Thirlby’s side take on the world number ones the Australian Diamonds, in a re-match of their tightly contested pool game earlier in the tournament.

Watch all the action live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer from 4.45pm and Sky Max and Sky Sports Arena from 4.30pm.

Keep up with all the build-up to today’s game, along with updates from the game and post-match reaction, here on our live blog.

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Huge congratulations to Helen Housby!



Head Coach Jess Thirlby’s thoughts on today’s performance and result:

“I am incredibly proud, despite the final result. We absolutely deserved to be there. We had to battle to get there and it’s just proven to us that you’ve got to be able to go again in a big game against the number one and we just fell short today.

“We’re obviously going to be gutted with a losing margin like that in our first final but such as the difference between a team that has been in 12 of them and a team that have just broken into their first one. It’s a tough lesson of course, but over the next three days, I’m sure it will sink in, in terms of that history that we’ve made.”

Eleanor Cardwell added: “There are so many positives. This is my first World Cup and for a lot more of the girls it’s their first World Cup and it’s everyone’s first World Cup final.

“Last year at the Commonwealth Games we came fourth and it was heartbreaking. Now, it’s heartbreaking that we haven’t won gold but we’ve got silver and we can be really happy with ourselves and what we’ve done over the past 10 days.”


Please do head over to BBC iPlayer and Sky Sports Arena to watch the medal ceremony as England receive their historic silver medal.


Congratulations to the Australian Diamonds, who claim the gold medal as the final whistle blows.



Cardwell finishes the shot off as England and Australia continue to battle it out with less than five minutes remaining.

England 43 – 54 Australia


Kelly knows…

England 40 – 50 Australia


Geva Mentor and Funmi Fadoju are looking to dial up the pressure in the defensive circle, with hands up from all the Roses down the court to try and take as much ball as possible from the Diamonds.

England 39 – 50 Australia


Chelsea Pitman comes on at WA, replacing Nat Metcalf. Hoping to offer short, sharp drives and a fresh pair of legs to inject new energy into the Roses’ attack.

England 34 – 43 Australia


This third quarter is well and truly nail-biting, with England looking to respond and chip away at Australia’s seven goal lead as quickly as possible.

England 32 – 39 Australia


Cardwell adds a goal to the scoreboard in the closing seconds of the second quarter. At half time, the Diamonds are leading by four goals and the Roses will be looking to regroup, reset and  turn that lead around in the second half.

England 23 – 27 Australia


With just over two minutes left of the second quarter, the goals are flowing and both teams are working every ball as hard as they can. Jade Clarke comes on at Centre to give the Australian mid-court a new challenge to think about.

England 22 – 24 Australia


We’re loving this from Barry! Fran Williams has picked up another turnover for England, the Roses are bringing it down to court and looking for the shooters to make it count.

England 18 – 20 Australia


The second quarter is getting underway, and it’s goal for goal. The crowd are roaring and the tensions is palpable. We couldn’t agree more Sam!

England 17 – 18 Australia


The Grand Final couldn’t get any tighter, with England and Australia level at quarter time. Game on!

England 13 – 13 Australia


The Vitality Roses bring the score back level, with 45 seconds to go of the first quarter.

England 12 – 12 Australia


Massive goal for Cardwell as England chip away at Australia’s lead with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter.

England 10 – 11 Australia


Huge defensive pressure from England as Geva Mentor gets the contact call and takes the penalty pass. Can the Vitality Roses convert…

England 7 – 10 Australia


We’re off! Fast passages of play from both team, an electric atmosphere and excellent shooting from both circles to kick off.

England 4 – 5 Australia


The Vitality Roses have made their way onto court!


Couldn’t have said it better ourselves… away we go!


Hear from Head Coach Jess Thirlby ahead of the Grand Final as coverage starts now!


As the final whistle blows, Jamaica claim the bronze medal in the Netball World Cup, claiming victory over New Zealand 52 – 45.

Stay tuned as England are due to take to the court shortly for the Grand Final against Australia.


The Vitality Roses starting seven is announced. Just fifteen minutes to go until coverage starts! Keep up with all the action live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, Sky Max and Sky Sports Arena.


The countdown is on as the Vitality Roses prepare for their first ever Netball World Cup final, taking on the Australian Diamonds. The bronze medal match is currently in the final quarter, with Jamaica leading 39 – 33 against current World Champions New Zealand.


Just 45 minutes until coverage starts on BBC Two, you can also watch live on BBC iPlayer, Sky Max and Sky Sports Arena.


The good luck messages are flowing in for the Vitality Roses.


Representing all parts of the country.


The Bronze Medal Match between Jamaica and New Zealand is underway!


What an afternoon we have in store! You can watch all the action live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, Sky Max and Sky Sports Arena!


Thank you to the Red Roses!


Just three days ago we met the Australian Diamonds and recorded our first-ever with against the Commonwealth Games champions at a World Cup. No team has defeated Australia twice in the same tournament.

Eleanor Cardwell against Courtney Bruce and Sarah Klau – Credit: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023


Well, here we are! The Netball World Cup final. The Vitality Roses are just one game away from doing what no other England side has done before!

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