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Loughborough players excel at Netball World Cup

Loughborough alumnus Jade Clarke and Jo Harten played key roles as England secured Netball World Cup bronze on Saturday morning in Australia.

Jo Harten - Picture by Vaughn Ridley/SWPix.com

Jo Harten – Picture by Vaughn Ridley/SWPix.com

In good form throughout the tournament, Jo Harten shot an incredible 52 goals from 59 attempts in the crucial third-fourth place play-off, to ensure the side saw off the challenge of Jamaica, who’d they beaten once already in the group stages.

Playing a starring role at centre, Clarke made sure the intensity remained high, feeding Harten on numerous occasions to keep the goals coming.

In the end it was a convincing 66-44 victory for the Roses to bag bronze. This was a result many in Loughborough had hoped to see, having hosted an England training camp on campus prior to the squad departing for Australia.

Loughborough Lightening players Phumza Maweni and Maryka Holtzhausen also starred for South Africa, who wound up the tournament in an impressive fifth place.

Peace Proscovia’s Uganda finished the tournament in a very respectable eighth place after defeat at the hands of Wales in their placing match. Captain Proscovia led by example, as she had done all tournament, firing 31 goals in 34 attempts.