The Australian Diamonds have added another Netball World Cup title to their blistering cabinet, after a 61-45 victory over England’s Vitality Roses at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Sunday, 6 August 2023.
Playing in front of a sold-out crowd, the Aussies showcased their dominance after drawing the first quarter and going on to win the remaining stanzas.
Speaking after the match to BBC TV, England’s coach Jess Thirlby admitted that her team fell short in their play against an experienced, World Cup winning side.
“We are really grateful for that silver medal and over time I’m sure that it will sink in. But right now it is a measure of the belief we had in ourselves, the route we took to the final…[that we are disappointed].
“We are obviously gutted with a losing margin like that in our first final but such is the difference between seasoned finalists and a team in their first final.
“The win on Thursday, we hit some of our biggest stats ever against Australia, and still only won by one, so we weren’t complacent about things.
“Today was always going to be a tough ask, you just can’t throw ball like that against Australia in a final. If we do that we need to find a way to win it back. Unfortunately both of those things alluded us for long periods during the match,” she concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: Australia celebrates winning during the Netball World Cup 2023, final match between England and Australia at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Court 1 on August 06, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)