England Netball stole the show as multiple award winners at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The Commonwealth Games champions ended their historic year as winners of both the Team of the Year and the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year awards capping off a memorable 2018 for the Roses.

Dina Asher-Smith was named as a finalist for the overall Sports Personality of the Year award which was eventually won by Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

“It’s been a very long journey, it’s taken years and years and we’ve never won a gold medal in any world event so this is the very first time that netball has managed to get a gold medal,” said England Netball captain Ama Agbeze.

“It’s been a long slog and I keep on saying that netball’s the ultimate team game because you need all of your team mates to be able to score and to win games.

“As Dina Asher-Smith said, when you’re abroad and you’re competing you’re almost in your small bubble, you don’t know what’s going on in the country back at home.

“Some of the girls arrived back at home  to the delight that the country had been backing us and supporting us and just like football was coming home, we hope that netball came home and that it will for many years to come.”

Head coach Tracey Neville added: "The Roses made every netballer's dream come true.

"We had something like 130,000 people connect with our sport, we're so happy.

In winning the Team of the Year award, England saw off competition from the likes of the England football team, Ireland’s Six Nations winning rugby union Team and Tour de France winners Team Sky.

New to this year’s ceremony, the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award saw the public vote The Roses’ dramatic Commonwealth gold medal win as their sporting highlight of 2018.

In a revamped format, Asher-Smith was one of six nominees to be announced for the Sports Personality of the Year award alongside Jimmy Anderson (cricket), Lewis Hamilton (formula one), Harry Kane (football), Geraint Thomas (cycling) and Lizzy Yarnold (Skeleton).