By James Reid in Birmingham

Cumbrian netball star Helen Housby encouraged Lionesses matchwinner Chloe Kelly to drink in every minute of what is to come.

Housby was transformed into a national hero overnight in 2018 thanks to her last gasp goal that clinched England’s first-ever netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Manchester City winger Kelly has similarly shot to stardom after grabbing the winning goal in the final of the women’s Euros against Germany on Sunday.

Housby - who is aiming to help England to glory at the current Games in Birmingham - encouraged her to soak up every second.

"I reckon she'll be more than ready for it,” said Housby.

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“All I can say is embrace it, enjoy it, because those kind of moments don't come along very often. 

“Enjoy every little moment and just try to make them happen again."

Housby, from Drumleaning near Wigton, helped England continued their perfect start at the 2022 Games with a 71-27 win over Northern Ireland on Monday.

The attacker shot 20 goals at the NEC Arena with 100 per cent accuracy, and now feels she is back to her best in the shooting circle.

“My first couple of games, I felt like I hadn't really settled into the position, but it's always a little bit like that with tournament netball,” added Housby, whose club side is Australian outfit New South Wales Swifts.

“Today felt great, though, and of course, 100 per cent [shooting percentage] is always nice.

“It's great to be able to influence the game like I did."

England head coach Jess Thirlby chopped and changed her seven on the court throughout the game against Northern Ireland, with only regular start Jo Harten not seeing court time.

And Housby believes the hosts are edging closer to distilling their starting seven, despite the embarrassment of riches at Thirlby’s disposal.

"We're definitely getting closer to knowing our strongest team,” said Housby.

“You've got to try out different combinations in a tournament like this, because there are so many games that you need to rest legs. 

“But also so that when you do get towards the final, you know exactly what combinations you want to use."

England face Uganda today as they look to continue their winning streak, and Housby is targeting recovery and a review of Monday’s performance before taking on the SheCranes.

“We know Uganda are going to come out really strongly and come out fighting, so it's up to us to make sure we do our research and treat them with the respect they deserve,” Housby said.

"For us now, it's back to the drawing board in terms of today, where we look at what we did and didn't do so well, and we'll develop ourselves as the tournament goes on."

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