Posted 17th Aug 2015

Team Bath’s Stacey Francis wins Netball World Cup bronze with England

Team Bath Netball’s Stacey Francis says she is “super thankful” after winning a bronze medal with England at the Netball World Cup in Australia.

An excellent 66-44 victory over Jamaica in Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the Roses – including seven former Team Bath players – bagged bronze for the second successive world championships.

Francis, who recovered from a knee injury to take her place in the squad, said on Instagram: “It’s been a mental few months and I’m completely drained but I wouldn’t have wanted to be on this journey with any other girls.

“Happy to be bringing home a medal as it’s been a while and super thankful for the amount of love and support I’ve received throughout the tournament!”

Following their semi-final defeat to New Zealand, England found themselves trailing Jamaica 16-11 at the end of the first quarter on Sunday.

However, a phenomenal period of play saw former Team Bath player Serena Guthrie drag England into the lead with a number of sensational steals.

Serena Guthrie applauds the crowd after England beat Jamaica to win bronze at the 2015 Netball World Cup. PICTURE: Press Association
Serena Guthrie applauds the crowd after England beat Jamaica to win bronze at the 2015 Netball World Cup. PICTURE: Press Association

The turnovers were converted with regularity via a vocal Jo Harten and a five-goal deficit had turned into a five-goal advantage at the interval as England pushed 28-23 ahead.

They went on to produce a world-class display in the second half to seal victory and avenge their bronze-medal defeat to the Sunshine Girls at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Team Bath centre Kyra Jones again played the full match as Wales beat Uganda 64-41 to finish seventh overall – their highest placing since 1991.

Jones made 14 assists, 33 feeds and two interceptions during another influential performance.

Club colleague Claire Brownie was vice-captain of a Scotland side that finished tenth overall following a 51-41 defeat to Fiji in their play-off match.

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