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England win first hockey gold but cricket and netball bids end in disappointment

The England team celebrate with their gold medals after winning the women’s hockey final against Australia (Joe Giddens/PA)
The England team celebrate with their gold medals after winning the women’s hockey final against Australia (Joe Giddens/PA)

England won Commonwealth Games hockey gold for the first time but there was heartache for the cricket and netball teams in their bronze medal matches.

Here, the PA news agency reflects on Sunday’s early action and looks forward to the highlights that remain on the final day of the Games:

Hockey history for England

England claimed a historic gold in the hockey (Joe Giddens/PA)
England claimed a historic gold in the hockey (Joe Giddens/PA)

England had reached the final of the women’s hockey three times previously but lost on every occasion, most recently in a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat against Australia at Glasgow 2014.

But second-quarter goals from Holly Hunt and Tess Howard sealed a 2-1 win over the Hockeyroos, who were outthought, outfought and outplayed by the tournament hosts.

Netball and cricket teams flatter to deceive

It was a demoralising day for England's cricketers (Adam Davy/PA)
It was a demoralising day for England’s cricketers (Adam Davy/PA)

England bade an emotional farewell to Eboni Usoro-Brown and Stacey Francis-Bayman after the experienced pair bowed out of international netball with a disappointing 55-48 defeat to New Zealand in the bronze medal play-off.

Fast bowler Katherine Brunt, meanwhile, says she needs to “reflect” on whether she will play cricket for England again as they were thrashed by eight wickets in their bronze medal match against New Zealand. Brunt added: “It felt like the actual whole country was behind us. We’re sad we let them down.”

Bronze for Bellos

Javier and Joaquin Bello made history for England in the sand (Zac Goodwin/PA)
Javier and Joaquin Bello made history for England in the sand (Zac Goodwin/PA)

England claimed their first beach volleyball medal at the Commonwealth Games after twin brothers Javier and Joaquin Bello brushed aside Rwandan pair Olivier Ntagengwa and Venuste Gatsinze 21-11 21-12.

The siblings never looked back after moving 3-0 up in the first set of the bronze medal match and while the early stages of the second was a nip-and-tuck affair, they ended their opponents’ resistance by winning nine points in a row before rushing to celebrate with their mother Barbara and brother Enrique.

Social media moment

Pic of the day

Ojie Edoburunat celebrates after anchoring England to victory in the men's 4x100m relay (Martin Rickett/PA)
Ojie Edoburun celebrates after anchoring England to victory in the men’s 4x100m relay (Martin Rickett/PA)

More hockey hopes

England's men are looking to win bronze on Monday (Mike Egerton/PA)
England’s men are looking to win bronze on Monday (Mike Egerton/PA)

While Australia will be looking for a frankly remarkable seventh straight gold in the men’s hockey, England must dust themselves down following an agonising loss to the Kookaburras.

England can seal a third successive bronze medal when they take on South Africa on Monday morning.

Diving dreams

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has already had a Games to remember (Mike Egerton/PA)
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has already had a Games to remember (Mike Egerton/PA)

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix’s success has been one of the stories of the Games, with father Fred, the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, promising to take his daughter to New York after her gold in the women’s 10m platform.

The 17-year-old has also claimed silver in the synchronised event and will be looking to add to her medals haul when she partners Noah Williams in the mixed discipline on Monday. Kyle Kothari and Lois Toulson are also in action for England.