August 19, 2022

Per week on from the Lionesses’ landmark day within the capital, England’s second metropolis is about to stage a second seminal Sunday for girls’s sport.

Birmingham 2022 organisers had a house staff hat-trick firmly in thoughts after they scheduled the ladies’s hockey, cricket and netball finals one after one other on the penultimate afternoon of motion.

And so they might be about to get the day they dreamed of, with England nonetheless in rivalry to contest all of Sunday’s Commonwealth Video games gold medal matches.


The ladies’s hockey staff made it into the ultimate with a dramatic shootout win over New Zealand on Friday night time. The cricketers face India in Saturday morning’s semi-final at Edgbaston. Then the netballers tackle Australia at a sold-out NEC Enviornment in a last-four rematch of their well-known 2018 last.

‘One thing like that is good for girls’s sport,’ stated England and Warwickshire wicketkeeper Amy Jones, who grew up in Sutton Coldfield, simply half-hour north of Edgbaston.

‘Off the again of what the Lionesses achieved, there’s a actual starvation for girls’s sport in the meanwhile. Watching the Lionesses, it does convey further pleasure to being a feminine English athlete. It positively lifted us and we’d like to expertise the identical.

‘We’re actually eager to hold on that momentum and maintain the highlight on ladies’s sport. If it conjures up ladies to play sport or comply with England’s ladies’s groups, that will be an enormous success.’

In fact, all of those ladies’s groups have loved their second within the highlight earlier than. In 2016, 9.7milllion folks tuned in to observe Staff GB’s hockey heroes win Olympic gold in Rio on penalties towards the Netherlands.

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A 12 months later, England beat India by 9 runs to win the Ladies’s Cricket World Cup at a sold-out Lord’s. Then, on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games on the Gold Coast, the netballers’ last-gasp win towards all-conquering Australia noticed them topped Staff of the 12 months on the BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months awards.

‘Being within the stands at Lord’s that day, it was an unimaginable event,’ stated Jones, who simply missed out on the 2017 squad. ‘It is a very comparable feeling with having that many individuals coming to Edgbaston. The environment has been wonderful in each sport thus far and we’re simply making an attempt to soak all of it up.

‘The aim coming into the match was to win gold. We have now a giant problem in India, however ought to we get the chance to stroll out in a gold medal match at Edgbaston, it is going to be a extremely big day.

‘We really feel like we will tackle anybody. Being the primary staff to win gold can be unbelievable. We have now received all of the motivation we want.’

As do England’s netballers. The Roses received all of their group video games to arrange their showdown with rivals Australia, who got here second of their pool after a shock defeat to Jamaica on Thursday.

‘How bloody thrilling,’ stated veteran goalkeeper Geva Mentor forward of their semi. ‘If we will do the job on Australia and Jamaica can beat New Zealand, it will be a last we’ve by no means seen earlier than. That’s so refreshing and thrilling for netball.’

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As for the hockey gamers, they face Australia within the last on the College of Birmingham with an opportunity to win Commonwealth Video games gold for the very first time.

‘We’ve received yet another sport and we might make historical past,’ stated semi-final shootout scorer Izzy Petter. ‘We would like it so badly. It’s a as soon as in a lifetime alternative.’