Ian HarkinModeratorJanuary 16, 2020 at 5:00 amPost count: 1120
By Ian Harkin
As we step into the 2020s, we here at Netball Scoop thought it was time to look back at the last 10 years in netball. Today we look at the years from 2010 to 2012.
When the decade began, netball fans were wondering when (or indeed if) Australia and New Zealand would ever be challenged. Other nations had been able to beat them on occasions, but not consistently and not on the biggest stage.
At the very start of 2010, England took it right up to Australia in an exciting three-match series that the Diamonds eventually won 2-1. But when it came time for the first major tournament of the decade, it was still Australia and New Zealand that found their way to the final.
The Commonwealth Games final in Delhi on Thursday, October 14 is still the longest match ever played. And it’s still the greatest. Not just of this past decade, but probably any decade. This was truly an epic contest between the sport’s two greatest rivals.
Photo Simon LeonardamandalouiseParticipantJanuary 18, 2020 at 2:52 amPost count: 10
Thanks Ian, that brought back a lot of memories. I want to go back and watch many of those games again now! I’m looking forward to the rest of the seriesIan HarkinModeratorJanuary 30, 2020 at 12:03 amPost count: 1120
This is the second part of our look back at the past decade in netball. In Part 1 we reviewed 2010 to 2012. Today we look at the years from 2013 to 2016.
The year began with a Diamonds tour of England. Australia was not at full strength, at a bad stage in their preparation and playing away from home, but even so, coach Lisa Alexander made the bold statement that her side should beat England by ten goals. That comment came back to bite her.
An inspired England team roared on by incredible crowds, went on to claim their first-ever series victory over Australia with wins in the first two tests by five and two goals respectively. And, gathering in confidence as they went, they steamrolled the Diamonds in the final test by seven to make it a clean sweep.
England beating Australia 3-0 was something that had seemed totally implausible and unimaginable. But they had done it. Expectations were now high for England to perform at the highest level, with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games just 18 months away.
Photo Simon Leonard
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