England 74-22 Trinidad and Tobago: Champions make nice begin to Commonwealth Video games netball title
England overcome early nerves to make a devastating begin to their Commonwealth Video games netball title defence as they beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-22 in Group B opener
- England defeated Trinidad and Tobago 74-22 in Commonwealth Video games opener
- The defending champions survived an early scare to win first match in Group B
- Head coach Jess Thirlby was in a position to give court docket time to all 12 gamers in victory
England started the defence of their Commonwealth Video games netball title by cruising to a 74-22 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Birmingham.
Jess Thirlby was in a position to give court docket time to all 12 gamers as her facet constructed on a 37-9 half-time benefit to make sure a successful begin in Group B.
England are swiftly again in motion in opposition to Malawi on Saturday and face sterner assessments to come back, not least in opposition to world champions New Zealand in preliminary section.
England beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-22 of their opening match of the Commonwealth Video games
Thirlby mentioned: ‘Total I am happy. We inserted some individuals and made some modifications through the recreation, which we afforded ourselves the prospect to do.
‘In the primary, what I noticed was nice influence off the bench and us problem-solving with actual objective. It’s going to be an ideal settler for the group – there are numerous smiley faces.’
England’s efficiency was under-pinned by 37-year-old Geva Mentor, who’s competing in her sixth Video games after making her debut as a 17-year-old in Manchester in 2002.
The defending champions are again in motion in opposition to Malawi on Saturday in Group B conflict
England head coach Jess Thirlby was in a position to give court docket time to all 12 gamers through the victory
And it was a mark of how far the game has progressed that Mentor was one of many athletes chosen to learn out the Commonwealth Oath at Thursday evening’s glittering opening ceremony at Alexander Stadium.
‘I used to be so proud to signify my crew and my sport’ mentioned Mentor. ‘It was an outstanding expertise – Birmingham actually stole the present.
‘My coronary heart was beating out of my chest and I used to be actually nervous. Somebody informed me there have been one billion individuals watching worldwide. If somebody had informed me that earlier than, I believe I’d have melted.’
Australia, who have been nudged into silver by Helen Housby’s dramatic last-second winner on the Gold Coast 4 years in the past, served discover of their intentions with a crushing 85-18 win over Barbados in Group A.