England net win to face SA in tri-nation tourney

ENGLAND continued their incredible form with a convincing 56-24 win over the physical Trinidad and Tobago to set up a mouthwatering final against hosts South Africa. Anna Mayes’s team recorded their second straight victory in this year’s Proteas Tri-Nations netball at NMMU, despite a brave performance from the world No9 team.

In January England beat world No2 Australia in a three-match series for the first time and have since gone unbeaten this year, beating the Proteas 3-0 in a test match series last month.

In front of a sparse but spirited Port Elizabeth crowd, England dominated from the first pass, running in 11 unanswered goals before Trinidad and Tobago scored their first goal. At half-time it was a 20-point lead as England pressed ahead 30-10.

As expected, Trinidad and Tobago were always second best, lacking the speed and movement of their world No3 counterparts, but did show patches of brilliance. Bringing on captain Anika La Roche Brice in the second quarter brought some stability to the team as they began to find some rhythm.

But the night belonged to England, who were out to prove a point, resting the towering Rachel Dunn for the game and then substituting captain Pamela Cookey, who has been brilliant at goal assist on this tour, as well as their defensive rock, goal defence Eboni Beckford-Chambers.

Mayes was confident about today’s final, but said England would not be underestimating the Proteas.

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