Commonwealth Games: Bournemouth's Geva Mentor bemoans bruisers as England miss out on netball bronze

HEARTACHE: England's Geva Mentor (right) consoles team-mate Kadeen Corbin

HEARTACHE: England's Geva Mentor (right) consoles team-mate Kadeen Corbin

First published in Sport

NUMB goalkeeper Geva Mentor pulled no punches as England missed out on a Commonwealth Games medal after defeat in their bruising bronze medal clash with Jamaica.

Having suffered an agonising single-point reverse against New Zealand in yesterday's semi-final, Bournemouth’s Mentor and her crestfallen team-mates were on the end of a 52-48 reverse in today's bronze medal decider at the SSE Hydro.

England’s collapse came late on after the sides had gone into the final quarter level at 37-37, but leaving Glasgow empty-handed was not the only bugbear as Mentor pointed to her battle scars as proof of Jamaica’s overzealous approach in the third-place contest.

''Today we didn't bring it,'' said Mentor. ''Jamaica were the best team on the day, they held strong all the way through and withstood the pressure we kept applying. We couldn’t capitalise when we did get that ball.

''It was very physical. You can tell that from my fat lip and I've got a shiner coming up as well. It was a shame the umpires didn't see the retaliation but we just had to withstand that. We had to be quick enough and skilful enough to be able to lose the body so we didn't get caught in the face.

''I'm not even upset, I think it just sums up this tournament for me. Anger will probably start to set in and a few different emotions, but at the moment I am pretty emotionless.''

England coach Anna Mayes said: ''I think we were a little bit tentative, a little bit nervous, especially in that first half. We did wear them down defensively, but we just weren't clinical enough when we needed to be.

''Jamaica fed Romelda (Aiken) well, they converted when they needed to and she rebounded well when she missed, so that was difficult.''

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