England win silver medal in Venice Cup

England's Women have won the silver medal in the Venice Cup at the World Championships. This great result means that England's Women have won medals in the last three Venice Cups - the only country to do so since 2003 - and in seven of the last eight major World and European competitions. Congratulations to Sally Brock & Fiona Brown, Catherine Draper & Nicola Smith, and Sandra Penfold & Nevena Senior (with NPC Derek Patterson and Coach David Burn).

The final against China started well, but the tide turned in the second session, and after five sessions England were willing to concede defeat.

NPC's blog: Derek Patterson, NPC for the team, has been writing a blog during the championship, and you can read it here.

Final v. China
Thursday 24th Session 1
33-17
33-17
Session 2
26-51
59-68
Session 3
14-47
73-115
Friday 25th Session 4
21-52
94-167
Session 5
13-39
107-206
Session 6
England conceded
Semifinal v. Sweden
Tuesday 22nd Session 1
42-12
Session 2
56-23
98-35
Session 3
19-52
117-87
Wednesday 23rd Session 4
34-55
151-142
Session 5
33-29
184-171
Session 6
21-12
205-184
Quarterfinal v. Russia
Sunday 20th Session 1
43-21
Session 2
58-24
101-45
Session 3
32-53
133-98
Monday 21st Session 4
8-42
141-140
Session 5
42-32
183-172
Session 6
37-27
220-199
Sunday 13th
France
13.97 VPs
8th

Egypt
16.58 VPs
2nd

Australia
18.66 VPs
2nd
Monday 14th
Sweden
5.61 VPs
3rd

India
17.97 VPs
2nd

USA 2
5.61 VPs
3rd
Tuesday 15th
USA 1
3.12 VPs
5th

Indonesia
5.61 VPs
9th

New Zealand
17.31 VPs
6th
Wednesday 16th
Netherlands
10.31 VPs
7th

Chinese Taipei
14.60 VPs
6th

Jordan
18.87 VPs
6th
Thursday 17th
China
15.92 VPs
3rd

Brazil
19.25 VPs
2nd

Morocco
17.31 VPs
2nd
Friday 18th
Israel
4.81 VPs
2nd

Argentina
10.61 VPs
4th

Russia
2.28 VPs
6th
Saturday 19th
Canada
19.69 VPs
4th

Italy
13.75 VPs
5th

Poland
4.62 VPs
6th

The competition is part of the World Team Championships which are taking place in Lyon. The Open and Senior teams failed to qualify from the European Championships for the Bermuda Bowl and D'Orsi Bowl respectively. USA2 was winners of the both of those competitions.

Update: In the Transnational Teams which ran in parallel with the main events, the Percy team of Peter Crouch, David Gold, Andrew Robson, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood (USA) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands) (with Marshall Lewis of Croatia as NPC) finished in third place.