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Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018: Tracey Neville’s team evoke memories of brother Gary’s famous Champions League victory with late winner over Australia
Tracey Neville’s England won Commonwealth Games gold with a last-gasp win over world champions Australia which was reminiscent of her brothers’ Champions League win 19 years ago.
The memorable phrase used by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager when Gary and Phil Neville won the 1999 European Cup to complete the treble in Barcelona, could easily be transported to Australia’s
Gold Coast after an extraordinary performance and astonishing finale.
Helen Housby’s last-gasp goal earned a 52-51 win, sparking jubilant scenes.
“Bloomin heck,” head coach Tracey Neville said.
“I actually said to them, ‘can you win by a few more goals because this isn’t pleasurable on the bench?’”
Gary Neville was cheering on from his living room in the early hours of the morning, UK time.
“His wife sent me a video,” Tracey Neville said.
“He was literally at the telly going ‘C’mon, Helen, go on’.
“I remember the treble in Barcelona when they put that goal in. I was on tour at the time and I was screaming in a room at 4am.
“Everyone says what does it mean to the Neville family. We just live, eat and breathe sport. We support each other 100 per cent.”
In the roles of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham – the stoppage-time goalscorers at the Nou Camp – here were Jo Harten and Housby.
It was Housby who kept her composure to deliver a victory which England Netball hope will be just the start – and will inspire all ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool.
Australia led by four goals in the final quarter, but England wrested the initiative and Housby delivered when the pressure was at its height. After Harten had missed, Housby claimed the rebound and netted, after she was fouled.
Fittingly, the last word belongs to the 23-year-old Carlisle player.
“It’s a blur. I just remember having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming,” Housby said.
“I don’t really have any words. I’ve dreamed of this for a long time. This is the best day of my life.”