Tracey Neville’s Roses defeated South Africa to record a third-place finish at their home World Cup, with the outstanding support at the M&S Bank Arena a constant feature of their campaign.
Geva Mentor said:
“The crowd this week has been phenomenal. Every time you hear your name being called or you see your face up on the screen, there’s a loud cheer.
“That inspires those around you and for me, it’s all about getting people involved, whether that’s at an elite level or just participating. It’s given me so many opportunities and I hope that it does for others.”
Rachel Dunn, who got a hero’s welcome on to court after the late change which the crowd had been demanding from Neville, added:
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that the whole team has had, and that was a slightly overwhelming moment.
“It’s just been the most amazing ten days. The whole experience of our home World Cup and the fans have been amazing – I think it was their goal to make it the best World Cup by far, and from a home player perspective, they’ve got it all right. The support that we’ve had has been amazing – we’ve got the best fans in the world, hands down.”
Fran Williams said:
“The crowd was awesome today. You can tell they’re having as much fun as we are, and when people talk about the eighth player…it really feels like they’re on the court with us. They’ve just been immense from start to finish – waving us off at the hotel, in the fan park and in the arena, as well as back home on TV.”