England claim thrilling netball semifinal
England’s Jo Harten hit the winning goal in the final second of a thrilling semifinal against Jamaica to send England into its first gold medal match at a Commonwealth Games.
Jamaica led 46-43 at three-quarter time before a stirring final-term fightback earned England a 56-55 win at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday.
England was forced into a series of substitutions, including the injection of livewire attacker Natalie Haythornthwaite, and established shooting pair Harten and Helen Housby were under enormous pressure in the first half.
Harten could not break free from goal keeper Shamera Sterling, who had three intercepts and one spectacular blocked shot by halftime, but delivered the deciding goal when it mattered.
"You go through three Commonwealth Games over 10 years and you've never been in that final,” Harten said.
“We left everything on the court to get in that final. It wasn't pretty. We played some awful netball in that first half, but that's the fight we have in this dress and in this team and how proud we are to represent our country.
"I practise for that shot everyday of my life, so too right I should score that shot."
England will play Australia in the final after they easily accounted for New Zealand in the other semifinal.