England Roses off to a positive start at Netball World Cup

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2019

HOSTS England ensured a winning start to the Vitality Netball World Cup by overcoming a tough Ugandan side at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool this evening (July 12).

England's 64-32 group stage win over Uganda was business-like and wholly expected but the sense of occasion in which it was played out illustrated the enormous strides made by the sport since Commonwealth Games gold.

"England Netball is sad to announce that Vitality Rose Layla Guscoth has ruptured her Achilles and will take no further part in the Vitality Netball World Cup", a statement read.

The Roses had won all four of the previous meetings against the She Cranes and from the first center pass, their 100% record never looked threatened.

Cheered on by an energetic home crowd, England could not believe their luck as Uganda's Stella Oyella who had earlier received a verbal warning for aggressive play, was sent to the sin bin in the third quarter, spending two minutes out of the game.

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Dunn maintained her superb percentage accuracy as England stretched the lead to 35-20 at half-time, with Lynsey Gallagher once again the Scottish star with 10 goals as her team struggled to make much impression. England will finish top of the group if they win.

"It's definitely a driving force behind it, knowing we have players to know how to go out and do it, and hopefully we can combine with them to try to get another gold for the team".

"There will always be a loser and victor, am very happy for my girls for pushing up to the end".

"If anyone said you'd have beaten the She-Cranes by 30 goals in our first World Cup match I would have taken that before the game. They played very well".

Tracey Neville's Roses - looking to claim their first ever World Cup title - were dominant in the first and final quarters of the match against a physical Uganda side, who are ranked sixth in the world.

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