Australia celebrate Commonwealth Netball gold
The Gold Coast 2018 beaten finalists defeated defending champions England 60-51 in the semi-finals
Australia celebrated a hard-fought 55-51 victory over Jamaica to clinch the Commonwealth Netball title on Sunday evening.
The Gold Coast 2018 beaten finalists, who defeated defending champions England 60-51 in the semi-finals, were made to fight for the gold after Jamaica made sure the scores were level at 29-29 the midway stage.
Australia, who have won gold in four previous Games, won the penultimate quarter 16-12 and that deficit proved too much for their opponents, who could only hit back 12-10 in the final quarter to lose by four points.
Goal attack Gretel Bueta, who scored 37 of Australia's points, was delighted to finally put their home heartbreak from four years ago behind them.
She said: "It's so special, an incredible day. It means so much to us.
"We've been chasing that gold medal ever since the last Commonwealth Games and we've been together since 2020 to try and get it. It's just the best feeling in the world."
On her 100 per cent shooting percentage in the final, Bueta added: "Oh, was it [a perfect game]? No, I just wanted to do the best that I could for my team.
We've been chasing that gold medal ever since the last Commonwealth Games
"It's a pleasure to play with these girls; I wish I could play with them every week - they're amazing and we've been on such a journey together that it feels so amazing to get this medal."
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.
Usoro-Brown, 34, received a rousing reception when she took to the court in the dying seconds of a frustrating encounter in which the Silver Ferns - beaten by England in their final group game last week - gradually built on the one-point lead they had established at the end of the first quarter.