Youth Team Scotland - Day 1 Review / Day 2 Preview

September 9, 2011

It was a successful day for Youth Team Scotland as the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games got underway. Medals came in the pool, with a gold for Craig Benson in the 100m breaststroke, silver for the men’s 4x100m medley relay team and bronze for Emily Jones also in the 100m breaststroke to see Youth Team Scotland placed sixth on the medal table at the end of day one.

Sport by sport preview (all times BST):


Youth Team Scotland flagbearer Tom Holligan (Edinburgh) was first on the track in the men’s 100m. Tom qualified for the evening session final, where he finished seventh. Zoey Clark (Aberdeen) qualified fastest in heats and semi-final for the women’s 400m final tomorrow.

In the morning heats tomorrow (from 0900) Bethanie Finlayson (Dunfermline)and Chloe Lambert (Glasgow) will line up in the women’s 200m before Tom Holligan goes again this time in the men’s 200m. Emma Brown (East Kilbride) and Yasmin Milne (Aberdeen) will compete in first round of the the women’s 100m hurdles before John McCall (Kirkintilloch) races in the men’s 110m hurdles. In the evening session (from 1605) Nicholas Percy (Isle of Wight) will throw in the men’s discus final before Zoey Clark runs in the final of the women’s 400m. The women’s 100m hurdles and the men’s 110m hurdles finals will also take place.

In the singles Josh Neil (Prestwick) lost 7-21, 7-21 to Malaysian top seed Zulfadli Zulkiffli, and Matt Carder (Edinburgh) was knocked out by Canadian Clinton Wong, 21-15, 18-21, 21-16. Kirsty Gilmour (Bothwell) defeated Kayleigh Callow (Isle of Man) 1-21, 8-21 and Alannah Stephenson (Northern Ireland) 6-21, 12-21 to go through to the quarter finals.

In the men’s doubles Matt and Josh lost out Nathan Choi and Nyl Yakura (Canada) 21-14, 21-10. In the women’s doubles Kirsty and Caitlin Pringle (Giffnock) defeated Reba Fleary and Kristi Reno-Singh (Trinidad & Tobago) 21-12, 21-8. In the mixed doubles Matt and Kirsty won against Ciaran Chambers and Alannah Stephenson (Northern Ireland) 21-13, 21-13; Matthew Chau and Gronya Sommerville (Australia) 21-10, 21-10.

Tomorrow (from 1000) Kirsty continues in the singles against Foo Kune Kate Jessica Kim Lee before teaming up with Matt to play Indian duo Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi and Maneesah Kukkapalli. In the women’s doubles Kirsty and Caitlin will play Mei Kuan Chow and Meng Yean Lee.

First up today was Mark McKeown (Coatbeidge), who faced Qais Ashfaq (England). Mark boxed well but was defeated 16-9. In the final bout of the afternoon session Charlie Flynn (Motherwell) looked strong against Charles Lumbwe (Zimbabwe) winning 22-6.

In the evening Rhys Pagan (Sanquhar) won 20-16 against Kompone (Botswana) and Grant Quigley (Pot Glasgow) stopped Cory Miles (New Zealand) in the second round. Kieran Smith (Greenrigg) passed into the next round after Luis Valdivia withdrew (Canada).

The four remaining boxers will compete tomorow evening (from 1700) and are now guaranteed at least a bronze medal each. Charlie Flynn faces Jabulani Makhense (South Africa), Rhys Pagan is up against Darren Tetley (England), Kieran Smith fights Botshelo Robby (Botswana) and Grant Quigley will face Surender Singh.

In the Time Trial today Grant Ferguson (Peebles) finished 11th, Stuart McCluskey (Hamilton) 22nd, Jack Barrett (Doune) 25th and Taylor Johnstone (London) 36th.

The men’s road race takes place tomorrow afternoon (from 1300), starting and finishing at the famous TT Grandstand. Jack Barrett, Grant Ferguson, Taylor Johnstone and Stuart McCluskey will all represent Youth Team Scotland.

In the women’s Artistic Team competition, Shannon Archer (Uphall), Carly Smith (Glasgow) and Cara Kennedy (Paisley) finished 4th behind Australia narrowly missing out on the bronze medal. In the men’s Artistic Team competition, Douglas Ross (Johnstone), Liam Davie (Cambroe) and Jamie Carpenter (Newcastle) finished 5th.

Good scores in the Team competition saw Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith qualify for tomorrow’s women’s Artistic Individual All-Around competition, while Jamie Carpenter walos went through to the equivalent men’s competition (from 1400).

Rugby 7s
The rugby 7s competition gets underway tomorrow at the Bowl Stadium with the opening group matches. Scotland feature in the opening game of the completion against the hosts, Isle of Man (1620). Scotland will also other face their other pool A opponents Canada (1758) and Australia (1957) during the session.

Kirstin McKinley (Glasgow) finished 7th in the 100m freestyle, Emily Jones (Inveruie) won bronze in the 100m breaststroke; Fiona Donnelly (Belper) finished 5th in the 50m butterfly and 5th in the 800m freestyle, Rachel Sharples (Musselburgh) finished 11th in the 50m butterfly heats, missing out on a finals place; Charlotte McKenzie (Stenhousemuir) finished 5th in the 200m backstroke; Fiona, Emily, Kirstin and Charlotte finished 4th in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Mark Szaranek (Glenrothes) finished 4th in the 400m individual medley and 5th in the 50m butterfly; Joshua Booth (Derby) finished 6th in the 200m backstroke and finished 9th in the heats of the 50m butterfly; Craig Benson (Livingston) won gold in the 100m breaststroke; Alisdair Stirling (Rutherglen) finished 6th in the 200m feestyle; whilst Mark, Josh, Craig and Ali won silver in the 4x100m medley relay.

It’s another busy day in the pool tomorrow with nine Scottish swimmers competing in the morning heats (from 0900). Alisdair Stirling (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay), Joshua Booth (50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay), Craig Benson (200m breaststroke, 4x100m freestyle relay) and Mark Szaranek (100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay) will race in the men’s competition.

Emily Jones (200m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay), Charlotte McKenzie (200m individual medley, 100m backstroke), Kirstin McKinley (50m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay), Rachel Sharples (200m butterfly, 4x200m freestyle relay) and Fiona Donnelly (400m freesyle, 4x200m freestyle relay) will feature in the women’s competition.

Finals for all events will take place in the evening session (from 1730).

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