Vitality Roses do the double at Sports Personality of the Year

The Vitality Roses have added two more awards to their tally to cap off a truly memorable year. They bagged Team of the Year and Greatest Sporting Moment at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards last night.

The Vitality Roses swap their netball dresses for gowns at last night's Awards Ceremony, where they bagged both Team of the Year and Greatest Sporting Moment

Being crowned Team of the Year is a dream come true for the Roses, and their reaction to winning the award showed that it's not one they were expecting.

The Greatest Sporting Moment award is a new category voted for by the public. Fans were asked to choose from five moments over the past 12 months that captured the nation's imagination, and the Roses' history making win over Australia in the Commonwealth Games Final certainly did that, taking the win 52-51 in the dying seconds of the game.

The Vitality Roses with their Commonwealth Gold medals, after beating Australia in a nail biting Final

Captain Ama Agbeze said: "It has been a very long journey. It's taken years and years and we've never won a gold medal in any event.

"It's been a long slog. Netball is the ultimate team game. Team sport is very tough. We hope there will be many more gold medals to come."

Head coach Tracey Neville added: "The Roses made every netballer's dream come true.

"We had something like 130,000 people connect with our sport, we're so happy."

This was the first time since netball was introduced at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 that the final was not a contest between Australia and New Zealand.

Having staged a dramatic comeback to beat Jamaica in the semi-finals on Australia's Gold Coast, the Roses - ranked third - were level at 25-25 at half-time of their first Commonwealth final.

The three-time bronze medallists then shocked the home crowd by overturning a four-point deficit in the final quarter to claim a dramatic victory, with Housby slotting home the winner on the buzzer.

England had only beaten Australia five times before the final - and not since 2013, and never at a major tournament.

The Vitality Roses will be back in action in January 2019 when they face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series!

By Kate Lightfoot


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