Silver linings for Guthrie's England

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ENGLAND captain Serena Guthrie says her side can take confidence from the fact that they dismantled Quad Series champions Australia ‘in patches’, despite suffering a convincing loss in the 2022 final.

The Islander believes the Roses’ performances at the Copper Box Arena can be used as a sturdy platform for their Commonwealth Games title defence this summer.

She was left downbeat following the Roses’ 58-46 defeat at the hands of the Diamonds in Wednesday’s showdown, having led by one goal at the start of the fourth quarter. The two countries, who drew 48-48 in the final round-robin match on Tuesday, met in the 2018 Commonwealth final on the Gold Coast, which England won by one goal.

‘The result was disappointing but in terms of the Quad Series overall it was a good one for us,’ said Guthrie. ‘To get to the final and to challenge the Aussies like we did, breaking them down in patches; it’s great prep for the Commonwealth Games.’

Full story in Friday’s JEP.

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