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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 04:53 GMT 05:53 UK
England clinch netball bronze
Pamela Cookey is congratulated by her England team-mates after her goal clinched the bronze
Winning goalscorer Cookey is congratulated by her team-mates
England's netballers claimed a bronze at the Commonwealth Games after a dramatic 53-52 victory over Jamaica.

England trailed 29-22 at the halfway stage but some pinpoint shooting from Abby Teare cut the gap to just one by the end of the third quarter.

And with less than a minute to go, Teare scored the winner to reverse the result of the 2002 third-place play-off when Jamaica won.

World number ones New Zealand won gold, beating arch-rivals Australia 60-55.

Australia had beaten the Silver Ferns in the two previous Commonwealth Games finals.

Goal Shooter Irene Van Dyk was on sparkling form for New Zealand with 44 goals from 49 hots.

After missing out on a medal four years ago, England captain Olivia Murphy was satisfied with the team's showing at the Games.

"We had sight our sights on getting to the final and if we had played like we did today we would have been very close to Australia if not beaten them, Murphy told BBC Sport.

There was no point going out thinking of revenge
England captain Olivia Murphy

"This is a bit of a consolation. We want to improve on what we have done here at the World Championships next year and keep performing as we have.

"We were so disappointed four years ago and we wanted to go out and win it today. Everyone came out and knew what it would take and that's what we did.

"There was no point going out thinking of revenge we had to focus on our performance and that is what we did."



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