Medals in Lawn Bowls and Gymnastics took Team Scotland’s total to 25 (6 gold, 8 silver, 11 bronze) on day five at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Having made the final undefeated, Alex Marshall and Paul Foster faced Wales in the Men’s Pairs final in the morning sun at Broadbeach Bowls Club. The pair had the better of the opening exchanges, but in the final ends were unable to take control with the score ending 12-10 in favour of the Welsh.
In the final day of action at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Frank Baines took bronze on the Parallel Bars. Having finished fourth on the apparatus four years ago, Frank scored 14:400 to secure his place on the podium; adding to the Team Event bronze and the Floor bronze won by Dan Purvis yesterday.
The morning session went smoothly for the Team Scotland athletics contingent, Zoey Clark, Allan Smith and David Smith all advancing through their qualifying rounds. The two Smiths were in opposing pools of the Men’s High Jump qualifying round, but both cleared 2.21m to book spots in Wednesday night’s final. On the track, Clark ran a measured 400m heat to finish strongly, finishing second in 52.07 to secure an automatic qualifying place from tomorrow’s semi-final at 21.16hrs (12.16hrs UK time).
Beth Potter made Team Scotland history on Monday evening as she became the first Scot to contest two sports at a single Commonwealth Games, competing on the track over 10,000m having already finished 12th in the Triathlon and 7th in the Mixed Triathlon Relay.
Running on tired legs, Potter dug deep, only losing contact with the lead group just after halfway. Running on her own for the final few laps, the gutsy Glaswegian was able to savour the moment, eventually finishing 18th in 33.26.78.
“That was a tough race for me. I wanted to do it and I’ve made history competing in two events at the same Games.
“I knew it would be hard after the Triathlon, but I have never ducked out of anything in my life and I don’t want to start now. If the pace had been a little bit slower I think I could have stayed with the pack that bit longer and that would have helped me a lot. I enjoyed the experience though and the crowd were great – I heard a lot of support for me out there which was nice.”
In the women’s 1500m heats Steph Twell and Eilish McColgan booked their places in the final at 22:04hrs (13:04hrs UK time) on Tuesday. Both finishing strongly, Twell was fourth in the second race to book an automatic place, whilst McColgan was fifth in the previous heat, good for a fastest loser spot.
Scotland’s Men’s Pair Seain Cook and Robin Miedzybrodzki faced Canada in the final pool game at Coolingata Beach. The match ended 2-0 to the Canadians, but the Scots pair had already done enough to qualify for the quarter-finals. They’ll face England tomorrow at 12:00hrs (03:00 UK time) for a place in the semis. The women’s team are also through to the semi-finals and will play Canada in the evening session at 21:30hrs (12:30hrs UK time).
Sean Lazzerini was first in the ring for Scotland today in the Light Heavyweight division. In a tight fight against home favourite Clay Waterman; Sean was on the wrong end of a split decision with the Australian progressing to the next round.
Glasgow 2014 crowd favourite Reece McFadden got his campaign underway with a bout against Keevin Allicock of Guyana. It was a solid performance, with glimpses of the personality that wowed the Glasgow crowds as he took the fight on a split points decision.
Reece said: “It’s my first fight and it’s great to get the ring rust off me. I can assure you I’ll get better and better. “It’s been difficult waiting for the fight, but the facilities have been excellent and I’m just loving every minute of it. I want to change that bronze medal from 2014 to gold. It’s my destiny. I cannot wait. It’s good to give the crowd a bit of entertainment. That’s why I’m here – to win and to entertain. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of this. I love boxing.”
Nathaniel Collins was the final Scottish fighter to begin competition with a tough contest against Colan Caleb of Nauru. It was a tough fight, but Nate boxed well and landed the better of the punches to take the bout on a split points decision.
Quarter-final bouts are the order of the day tomorrow at Oxenford Studios. Vicky Glover is up first against Sabrina Aubin-Boucher of Canada at 12:47hrs (03:47hrs UK time), before Aqeel Ahmed gets his Games underway an hour later against the Indian fighter Amit. A home nation clash between training partners Scott Forrest and England’s Cheavon Clarke at 15:47hrs (06:47hrs UK time) will be one of the bouts to watch tomorrow, before Stephen Newns looks to book a semi-final spot by defeating Winston Hill of Fiji at 19:32hrs (10:32hrs UK time).
* All fight times subject to change following draws and scheduling.
Team Scotland’s Cycling squad will look to build on their ten-medal track success on the Road in tomorrow’s Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trial at the Currumbin Beachfront from 10:00 hrs (01:00 hrs UK time) and 14:45 hrs (05:45 hrs UK time) respectively.
Katie Archibald, Neah Evans, John Archibald, Kyle Gordon and Mark Stewart will take part in the days’ races against the clock over a 25.5km (Women’s) and 38.5km (Men’s) distance.
After a defeat and a draw in their opening two games, Team Scotland’s Women’s Hockey players showed what they are really capable of, with an impressive 5-0 victory over Ghana. Playing high tempo hockey, the team showed tenacity and poise in front of goal to set up a crunch match against Australia at 21:30hrs (12:30hrs UK time) tomorrow; a win would see them into the semi-finals.
Of the win Lloyd-Alexander said: “That shows what we’re capable of and we needed that for our confidence. We’ll definitely take that through to the match against Australia tomorrow as the winner of that game goes through to the semi-final – there’s not much more motivation than that.”
Following an impressive win over Wales on Saturday, Team Scotland’s Netball team were faced with a tough match-up against the World number 2, New Zealand. At the end of 60 minutes, New Zealand ran out 60-29 winners. Two more, tough group games follow for Scotland with Malawi on Tuesday and Uganda on Wednesday.
The Men’s Pairs final was just one of a number featuring Team Scotland at the Broadbeach Bowls Club today.
A new round of preliminary stages got underway today, with the Women’s Triples and the Men’s Singles and Fours all competing in their first matches. Darren Burnett was up first in the Men’s Singles and made short work of Edward Bell, his Samoan opponent, winning 21-2 in just 12 ends.
Up next were the Men’s Fours against Brunei Darussalam, winning 25-9 and the Women’s Triples versus Norfolk Island, winning 16-9. Darren was then back in action against Niue’s Dalton Tagelagi, cruising to another win of 21-3. The Women’s Triples also played their second game against Cook Islands, winning 28-10.
In Para-Bowls, the B2/B3 Mixed Pairs defeated the home nation 15-11, seeing them progress through to the semi-final event taking place tomorrow at 16:00hrs (07:00hrs UK time), where they’ll play Australia once again.
The B6/B7/B8 Open Triples played their last preliminary round game against South Africa, fighting until the end, but losing 15-7 – unfortunately ruling them out of any further part in the competition.
The Men’s 10m Air Pistol was first up at the Belmont Shooting Centre with Aedan Evans competing for Team Scotland. With a score of 559-12x, Evans finished just outside the qualification standard for the final in 12th.
In the Women’s 10m Air Rifle, Seonaid McIntosh qualified for the final in seventh place with a score of 410.4, with sister, Jennifer narrowly missing out by 0.2, finishing with 409.4. In the final Seonaid started well and made it through the first three eliminations; eventually finishing in fifth.
Sandy Walker and Ian Shaw are sitting in fourth position after day one of the Queen’s Prize Pairs. They return to the range tomorrow at 10:00hrs (01:00hrs UK time). Also competing tomorrow are Neil Stirton and Lenny Thomson in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone; and Jess Liddon in the 25m Pistol, both from 09:00hrs (00:00hrs UK time).
Competing in the Men’s Singles Classic Plate Final, Kevin Moran took to the court against Micah Franklin of Bermuda. In keeping with his form over the past couple of days, Kevin won 3-0, which sets him up nicely going into the mixed doubles, which starts on Tuesday 10 April.
Camilla Hattersley put in a gutsy performance in the final of the 800m Freestyle on the penultimate evening of the swimming competition. Euan Inglis lined up alongside a world-class field in the 50m Breaststroke final finishing 7th in 28.03, while Craig McNally put in an impressive performance in the final of the 200m Backstroke. The Scottish Record Holder for the event finished 7th in 1:58.32, almost a two second improvement on his heat time.
Sean Campsie finished the 100m Butterfly in 53.51 for 8th while Toni Shaw completed her Team Scotland debut with yet another PB in the SB9 100m Breaststroke, finishing seventh in 1:27.99. In other events Kathleen Dawson, Cassie Wild and Lucy Hope showed determination and all secured a place in tomorrow’s final of the 50m Backstroke, while Jack Thorpe and Scott McLay finished 11th and 12th respectively for the 50m Freestyle.
Scottish swimmers competing in the heats on the final day of the swimming competition are Camilla Hattersley, Abbie Houston and Hannah Miley (400m Freestyle), Mark Szaranek, Dan Wallace and Duncan Scott (200m IM). Scotland is also fielding teams in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m Medley Relay events.
There was disappointment for Zach Courtney in the Men’s 105kg competition, as he was forced to withdraw after the snatch, having lifted 130kg. Courtney had been on great form over the last 12 months, but an untimely illness left him short of his best. Still just 23, he has plenty of time ahead of him and will look to make amends in Birmingham in four years’ time.