Day 8 review and day 9 preview

October 11, 2010


No Scots were in action today at the SPM Aquatics complex, with Grace Reid not due to compete until Wednesday.


Lee McConnell finally got to run the final of the 200m tonight after a delay in the race due to a protest last night and finished 5th in a time of 23.68.

The women’s 4x400m relay team raced without McConnell as she recovered from the 200m. The quartet of Claire Gibson, silver medallist in the hurdles Eilidh Child, Kathryn Evans and Gemma Nicol finished third in a time of 3.36.93 and gained automatic qualification for tomorrow night’s final.

Also in action for Scotland on the track was Alastair Hay in round one of the 1500m who faced a tough line-up but finished 7th (3.43.21) and made it into the final tomorrow night as a fastest loser.

Richard Hurren and Alasdair Strange contested the pole vault final this evening. Hurren failed to record a height while Strange finished in 8th place with a clearance of 4.95m.

Tomorrow is the final night of track action for Scotland before the marathon on Thursday and it looks set to be a busy occasion.

Henrietta Paxton goes in the women’s pole vault final and James Campbell throws in the javelin. On track the satires’ will be waving for Alastair Hay in the 1500m final; Freya Murray and Steph Twell battle it out in the women’s 5000m final and the final of the women’s 4X400m relay wraps things up.


Susan Egelstaff, bronze medallist from Melbourne 2006, moved into the semi finals of the women’s singles today courtesy of wins over Chia-Chi Huang and Michelle Chan. Egelstaff will face India’s top seed Saina Nehwal on her 28th birthday on Tuesday and will be aiming to give herself the best possible present – a place in the final and a shot at the gold medal. The semi final matches start at 1700hrs local time.

Egelstaff commented: “It was tough today, although I ended up with pretty comfortable scores, but I’m glad that I’m being pushed as it’s what it’s all about. It’s not an easy Game but I know if I am at my best I can beat these players and I’ve just got to play well. I tried to just get the job done in the morning and get off the court quickly, and not waste too much energy so I’d in good shape for the quarter finals.

So far in the competition, I have had three difficult matches but I think starting off against top players has really made me get straight in the swing of the tournament and I feel that I’m playing really well, where if I’d been playing against some of the smaller countries I wouldn’t have had to put as much effort in. This way definitely gets you playing your best and mentally in the right place. I’m feeling good and confident and ready for the next round.”

In the mixed doubles Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier almost pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament when they faced top seeds Nathan Robertson, gold medallist from 2006, and his new partner Jenny Wallwork. They were 19-14 up in the first game and 18-16 up in the second but ultimately lost out 22-20 23-21.

Briggs also narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals of the men’s doubles with paul van Rietvelde when they were beaten by Singapore’s Hendri Kurniawan and Hendra Wijaya 21-11 22-20.


Two boxers are through to the final night of action at the Talkatora Stadium, where each fighter is guaranteed at least a silver medal. Josh Taylor fought first in the afternoon session, putting in a composed performance to beat Tongan Lomalito Moala 5-0. Callum Johnson was next up against Wales’ Jermaine Asare. The Scot put in a dominating performance, and was in an 11-1 lead when the fight was stopped by the referee. Stephen Simmons was Scotland’s sole representative in the evening session, losing 6-1 to Northern Ireland’s Steven Ward. Stephen will collect the bronze medal on Wednesday.

There’s no action in the ring tomorrow as fighters prepare for the finals night on Wednesday.


Scotland missed out on their first medal in the lawn bowls when the men’s pairs team of Darren Burnett and Neil Speirs lost to Malaysia in the bronze medal match in a tie-break. They lost their morning semi-final against South Africa which meant bronze was their best finish but had to settle for fourth.

Meanwhile, the rounds of singles continued today for Scotland. Paul Foster lost his opening match against Papua New Guinea, suffered another loss to Northern Ireland but ended the day with a tie-break win over Australia. Paul’s record currently stands at four wins and two losses with three matches to play tomorrow.

Claire Johnston began the day on a winning note against Jersey. She followed it up with a win over South Africa at midday but it wasn’t to be three in a row when she lost 2-0 to Malaysia.


Following a third place result in the pool stages, Scotland’s women played-off against fellow home nation Wales to determine 7th/8th positions.

Scotland had played them twice before travelling over to Delhi, winning comfortably, and had been confident they could repeat their success and end on a high. They did just that, but with the score standing at 1-1 (Ailsa Robertson the scorer for Scotland in real time), the final result going down to penalty flicks after no-score in extra time.

The final score was 4-2. Abi Walker saved three penalties while Kareena Marshall, Vicky Bunce and Catriona Forrest slotted theirs in the net to cement the win.

Captain Linda Clement shared the teams elation saying, “We’re delighted to win. We feel that we dominated the game and deserve to come out on top.

“We’re looking forward to catching some of the other sports in the next few days and visiting the Taj Mahal on Wednesday.”


Scotland’s men will be going all-out for their first win of the competition when they play Trinidad & Tobago in the 9th/10th play-off match at 08.30hrs.


Scotland created history as they made it into the quarter finals of the rugby 7s competition for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.

They opened proceedings with a 26-0 victory over Guyana then faced a tough match against Canada and came out on top 19-17.

Final pool match of the day was against the almighty All Blacks who had stood out all day with their speed and skill. Scotland went down 44-0 but are delighted to still be in the medal hunt. They face South Africa at 11.44hrs in a bid to make the semi-finals.

For more information see main match reports.


Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland collected gold in the 50m prone pairs competition at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. Drew Christie and Ian Marsden competed in the skeet pairs, where they finished seventh on 183. Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod continued through the full-bore open with the pairs and singles 600yds, where they are currently sitting 26th and sixth respectively.

Tomorrow Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland will compete in the 50m prone singles, while Neil Stirton and Jon Hammond will compete in the men’s pairs event. Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod continue in the full-bore open, with the 900yds pairs and singles competition. Drew Christie and Ian Marsden will compete in the skeet singles competition.


Lisa Aitken and Frania Gillen-Buchert and Lyall Paterson and Chris Small progressed from the group stages of the men’s and women’s doubles today, but lost out in the quarter finals. But there was better news for Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch when they beat third seeds Peter Barker and Daryl Selby 11/7 11/7 to reach the semi finals.

Alan said, “The first match in the morning went really well, we both played a good game and they were tough opponents, the Indians, but we managed to get a score of 11/5 11/5 in the show court in front of a home crowd which I think is pretty decent.

He continued, “Tonight was a good match against the number three seeds, so it was another tough one but we’ve beaten them before and have been playing well so we were really up for that one and just stayed focused. I can’t wait until the next match now.”

Clyne and Leitch will play second seeds David Palmer and Stewart Boswell on the show court at 1700hrs local time in the semis with the reward for the winners a shot at the gold medal on Wednesday.

In the mixed doubles quarter finals Aitken and Leitch will face Australians Donna Urquhart and David Palmer, the Australian pair who put out Clyne and Gillen-Buchert in the last 16 of the competition. The tie will be played at 1400hrs with the winners progressing to the semi final to be played at 1930hrs.

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