Team Wales DAY 8 Summary
History was made for Team Wales!
- Silver in the Lawn Bowls Para-Mixed Pairs
- Some progressions to next stages!
It was the final day on the court for Sara Moore’s squad, as they played in the 7-8th classification match. They started the first quarter strongly, going into the first break 17-13. However, Malawi fought back and going into half-time they led 30-28. Despite the strong start, Malawi took the points in the remaining quarters. The Final score was Wales 56 – 62 Mawlawi.
This morning saw the women’s 1500m heats featuring Melissa Courtney-Bryant. A slow start did not suit Melissa’s running style and she finished 6th in a strong heat which meant a nervous wait during the second heat but Melissa qualified in one of the fastest losers spots and will run in Sunday’s final.
History was made yesterday for Team Wales – Gordon Llewellyn, Team Wales’ oldest ever athlete, won the silver medal in the VI mixed pairs with Julie Thomas (Julie won bronze in Gold Coast 2018).
The men’s fours lost 18-9 to Northern Ireland. They will face England today in the bronze medal match.
Men’s Singles Classes 8-10 – Joshua Stacey
Josh progressed to the Semi-Finals unbeaten and without dropping a game. He faced friend Ross Wilson in the semi finals clash and dropped the opening game. Josh fought back to win the next three and claim his spot in the Gold Medal Match.
Women’s Singles Round of 16
Anna Hursey was the only one to progress to the Quarter Final match, with a convincing win over Guyana’s Natalie Cummings. Chloe opened her game with an amazing first game win against Singapore’s Jian Zeng, but lost the final 4 games and bowed out of the competition. Charlotte also bowed out of the Women’s competition with a 3-4 loss to India’s Sreeja Akula pushing the player every step of the way.
Women’s Doubles Round of 32
Convincing wins for both doubles sees them progress to the Round of 16.
Charlotte Carey & Anna Hursey – 3-0 Seychelles
Chloe Thomas Wu Zhang & Lara Whitton – 3-2 Canada
Charlotte and Anna will now face Canada’s Mo Zhang and Ching Nam Fu.
Chloe and Lara will now face India’s Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison.
Men’s Singles Round of 32
Callum bowed out of the competition losing 4-1 to Canada’s Eugene Wang. Callum did not go down without a fight, making some excellent shots to keep himself in the game.
Women’s Singles Round Quarter-Final – Anna Hursey
Anna fell narrowly short to Yangzi Liu just a few days ago in the Team Event. Anna came out firing, winning the first set, Yangzi fought back and won the remaining games to book her place in the Semi-Finals.
Rhythmic Gymnastics – All Around Final
Excellent performances from Elizabeth Popova and Gemma Frizzle saw them finish in 11th and 12th place. With Elizabeth breaking 100 points, a total score of 102.750 and Gemma scoring 98.300.
Both will now move onto individual finals, with Elizabeth competing in both the ball and clubs final and Gemma competing in both the hoop and ball final.
In the mixed doubles quarter finals Joel Makin and Tesni Evans came out fighting against Alison Waters and Adrian Waller of England to claim the first game 11-4 but then the England pairing took the second 11-8 to level the score and take it to a decider. Makin and Evans played some superb squash in what was a fascinating battle but England eventually won the third and final game 11-5 to claim the win.
In the men’s doubles preliminary round of 16, Emyr Evans and Peter Creed faced the Canadian pair of Nick Sachvie and David Baillar Geon. The pair were well matched in speed and power which led to a physical match with long rallys and several yes lets. Despite putting up a fierce competition the pair lost in straight sets 11-8, 11-5.
It was a proud night for the Brier family with siblings Hannah and Joe in action at the Alexander Stadium on Friday evening.
Hannah was up first, running in the first semi-final of three in lane seven. The 24-year-old finished sixth after a gutsy performance on the night, recording a time of 23.84.
Brother Joe, 23, raced in the second Men’s 400m semi-final in a time of 47.50.
Hannah, who took the British Indoor 200m title here in Birmingham back in February, wasn’t disheartened after her heat.
“It’s a special night for the family,” she said afterwards.
“There are a lot of Briers inside the stadium tonight. It’s brilliant to be together with Joe at Birmingham 2022 because it’s unusual to be in the same place. We’ve worked really hard to get here but we made it. It’s amazing!”
Elsewhere Melissa Courtney-Bryant clocked a time of 4:14.46 in the first 1500m heat of the morning to take a place in Sunday’s final (7.20pm), looking to build on her bronze medal success in Gold Coast four years ago.
In the first day of wrestling, Shannon Harry was narrowly beaten by Irene Symeonidis of Australia. She failed to progress to the next round after Symeonidis lost her second fight, following an arena evacuation due to safety issues in the building. Curtis Dodge starts his competition on Day 9 of the Games in a bid to improve on his bronze in Gold Coast.