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elen Housby divides life into two very distinct parts: life before this goal in 2018 and life beyond this watershed moment.

On several occasions she had read and heard how netball was Australia’s only guaranteed gold medal at these Commonwealth Games while she was living in the host country before the tournament, as she still was until. ‘last month.

And yet, as the protagonist of the winning moment in a thrilling final, it was Housby whose goal changed both his life and that of the England netball team.

It sparked a spotlight on sports; awards ceremonies, sponsorship deals and most importantly a massive increase in the number of attendees including Housby’s own mother who always sends messages to her daughter if she has a notable performance on the pitch.

The 26-year-old is now back in London for her first appearance for England since the 2019 World Cup as part of the Roses Reunited three-game series against Jamaica starting on Sunday.

It seems unthinkable that Housby could ever eclipse the 2018 gold medal events for sheer drama, but, in a big season that included a Commonwealth Games title defense in August, that’s his goal.

“I don’t mean to say it can’t be overshadowed because I want something to work for and look forward to,” she told Standard Sport. “It was an amazing time and changed netball in this country, and the way we see ourselves on the world stage.

“Winning more comfortably would be good, easier on the heart rate! But I am excited about what the next two years will bring to England.

Housby is an established figure of the club and the international scene – “I don’t mean old, more experienced,” she says – and sometimes feels like she’s riding the crest of the wave thanks to that successful shot on goal . specifically.

“It’s funny but I look at life before and after the Commonwealth Games, it’s so different,” she explains. “Not just in terms of netball, but things outside like social media. Everything changed completely after the Games and we are still feeling the effects now with an interest in netball and me personally.

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