Vitality Roses Netball World Cup Live Blog – Day Three

Today’s the final day of Preliminary Stage One. Can England make it three from three against Home Nation rivals’ Scotland? Find out on Sky Sports Arena, Mix and YouTube from 2:45pm (UK time).

Keep up with all the build-up, action from the game and post-match reaction here on our live blog.

If you haven’t done so already, download our match schedule and wall planner to see how the next phase of the competition will work.

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If you want to see how some of the Netball Super League (NSL) players are getting on during the tournament, head over to the NSL website for daily updates.

Watch all of today’s games live on Sky Sports Action and Arena.


Here are all the results from day three. England will now move into a pool with Australia, Tonga, Fiji, Malawi and Scotland.

Join us tomorrow for our next game against Tonga, live on the BBC and on Sky Sports at 5pm (UK time).

Day Three

  • Australia 101-32 Fiji
  • Wales 68-56 Sri Lanka
  • Malawi 84-48 Barbados
  • New Zealand 80-19 Singapore
  • England 62-37 Scotland
  • Uganda 74-34 Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tonga 55-46 Zimbabwe
  • Jamaica 67-49 South Africa


More sports bras pledged to the teenage players at the Vitality Roses’ first club.


Another landmark achievement for our Vitality Roses at this Netball World Cup.


If you missed any of today’s action, you can watch the game back on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.


On-court captain Layla Guscoth is delighted with how the squad has been utilised in these three games over the last three days.

“Every game we have managed to get all 12 on court and we’ve seen so many different combinations and people playing in different positions and that can only hold us in good stead going into the next round where we face even more different styles and nations and we need versatility to get there to the end.”

Layla Guscoth on-court captain for the Vitality Roses today. Credit: @mbphotonz


More minutes in the tank for Chelsea Pitman. What a game!


We move on to the next phase of the tournament.


Cardwell shows great balance in the circle on a couple of occasions in the final two minutes to take the ball into her body before putting up her shots. England slow down the tempo and seal their third win of the competition.

England 62-37 Scotland


Emma Barrie comes out to receive the ball and finds sends the ball wide but when it comes back in from Christian, Fadoju is there to sweep up . Chelsea Pitman is coming up to a full 60 minutes at wing attack but has been superb in this game working as the connecting link with England’s shooting circle.

England 57-35 Scotland

Jade Clarke coming in at wing defence in the second half – Credit: @mbphotonz


Jade Clarke and Laura Malcolm swap bibs whilst Eleanor Cardwell comes on her first minutes of the match as Tchine takes a rest after a good three quarters. Fadoju, who has looked in great form since coming on, makes another great intercept. Scotland’s attackers are coming shorter for the ball but are losing the ball as England’s defenders put on pressure.

England 52-31 Scotland


Laura Malcolm, Chelsea Pitman and Nat Metcalf work a nice triangle from one side of the court to another as England regain the advantage in the quarter. Buoyed by her assist earlier in the game, Fran Williams makes a superb flying intercept to deny a long ball through the court. Fadoju then makes another great tip just before the buzzer as England react after a lull in the middle of Q3.

England 46-29 Scotland


Scotland showing some patient play in this third quarter but their accuracy in front of the post has cost them. But with just over five minutes to go, the Thistles capitalise on a couple of turnovers and level the quarter to 11-11.

England 42-29 Scotland

Fadoju reaching out in front of Emma Barrie – Credit: @mbphotonz


Three changes at half-time from England. Funmi Fadoju comes in at goal keeper and Jade Clarke takes the WD bib whilst Nat Metcalf joins Tchine in attack. Similar to what she did in game one, Fadoju makes an intercept on the back line to deny a long ball into substitute Emma Barrie. Laura Malcolm shows great vision to find Tchine under the post as England extends their lead.

England 38-21 Scotland


Fran Williams shows great vision to play a pinpoint pass to the circle edge and get an assist whilst her teammate Imogen Allison picks up a low ball in the middle of the court to register her first intercept of the game. With just under a minute to go, Allison collides with one of the Scotland defenders and goes down holding her arm. She makes way for Laura Malcolm. England go into the half-time break with a 13-goal lead after a strong second quarter.

England 31-18 Scotland

Olivia Tchine stretches out her arm to take the ball – Credit@ @mbphotonz


Good defensive pressure from England forces Iona Christian into a held ball. The Roses defence are flooding the middle and forcing the Scottish Thistles to go wide. Helen Housby misses her first shot of the competition but puts up her next attempt.

England 24-16 Scotland


No changes from Jess Thirlby at the break meanwhile Scotland have made four alterations, including Hannah Grant and Cerys Cairns who are making their first appearances at the World Cup. England are moving the  ball quicker in this quarter, Allison and Pitman look to find Tchine and Housby quicker in the circle.

England 20-13 Scotland


Tchine comes to the top of the circle to try and take the ball early from Pitman but the England shooter is unable to bring the ball into her control. The Thistles almost get another intercept a couple of minutes later as Maxwell reaches out to obstruct Housby’s pass but Allison picks up the rebound. Despite turning over the ball, Scotland haven’t been able to capitalise and a couple of loose passes have allowed England to regain a five-goal advantage.

England 14-9 Scotland


Niamh McCall, renowned for her long bombs in the Netball Super League, misses her second attempt from distance and Geva Mentor gets the tip as the Vitality Roses capitalise to go five goals ahead.

England 10-5 Scotland


Both teams have started brightly. Scotland made the first turnover just over three minutes as Emily Nicholl picked up a low ball to deny Chelsea Pitman from finding Helen Housby. But the England wing-attack responded and a minute later showed great defensive work in the middle of the court to help get her team back on their centre pass.

England 5-4 Scotland


Here we go! Imogen Allison takes the first centre pass to get us underway.


Speaking of the Scottish Thistles, here’s how they line up.


Head Coach Jess Thirlby picks out two Scottish Thistles to keep an eye on today.

“They’ve got great midcourters in Hannah [Leighton] and Iona [Christian] in particular who love to get really good depth. Iona’s quick, great ball speed. I think we’ve experienced that in our opening two matches so we’re well prepared to kind of tidy up and tighten up there.”

Jess Thirlby on the sidelines – Credit Michael Bradley.


Geva Mentor and Layla Guscoth return to the starting seven whilst Chelsea Pitman and Olivia Tchine come in for their first starts of the competition.


In case you missed it, this December we will be taking on South Africa in a three-match test series across Manchester and Nottingham. Tickets go on general sale tomorrow at 10am. If you are an England Netball member you can still access the exclusive pre-sale window.


Here’s a bit more information about the two sides.


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Here’s what happened so far on day three.

Day Three – Morning

  • Australia 101-32 Fiji
  • Wales 68-56 Sri Lanka
  • Malawi 84-48 Barbados
  • New Zealand 80-19 Singapore

Still to come

3pm – England vs. Scotland

3pm – Uganda vs. Trinidad & Tobago

5pm – Tonga vs. Zimbabwe

5pm – Jamaica vs. South Africa


The Roses vs. The Thistles.

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