Day Two Review

Date: 26/07/2014

Elsewhere on Day 2 for Team Scotland…

HOCKEY

Two goals from striker Ailsa Wyllie gave Team Scotland a 2-0 win over Malaysia in Pool B of the Women’s Hockey competition, in baking sunshine at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The Dundee-born forward volleyed home a field goal nine minutes before half-time, before taking advantage of a poor defensive clearance to prod home from close range early into the second half.

The Scots, who sit third in the pool after today’s win, produced a dominant display in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Head Coach Gordon Shepherd was pleased with his side, stating, “Very happy with the performance, I thought the girls applied themselves for the whole seventy minutes.

“You can’t afford to give teams any opportunities and I think our keeper only had one touch in the whole game, and that comes down to the concentration of our defence.

“I thought we put real pressure on their back line, we got two nice goals and we could have scored a few more.”

Scotland’s next opponents are favourites Australia on Sunday, who sit top of the pool having scored thirteen goals without reply in only two matches.

In the Men’s Hockey competition, Team Scotland were unlucky to suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Africa in their opening Pool A match.

A controversial second half penalty stroke from Andrew Cronje and a brilliant field goal four minutes from time by Ignatuis Malgraff sealed the South African win, which leaves Scotland bottom of Pool A, albeit after only one game.

The Scots had a number of chances throughout the match, with striker Kenny Bain coming close to scoring on several occasions and midfielder Nicky Parkes having a first half goal disallowed for illegal use of a Scottish foot in the South African circle leading up to the goal.

Summarising his team’s performance, Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “I thought our first half performance was very good, I felt our second half performance didn’t quite match the same quality. We didn’t have enough good possession in the second half to hurt South Africa. It’s a set-back, nothing more.

India provide the side’s next Pool A encounter on Saturday at 16:00.

BOXING

The first day of Boxing at the SECC got underway with three Scottish boxers in action. Up first was Lewis Benson who boxed a really strong contest against New Zealand's Bowyn Morgan. After a tight three rounds, Lewis lost on a tough split decision. He boxed extremely well, but was caught by a couple of shots in the second. 

Second up was Ross Henderson who outclassed his Indian opponent with a unanimous decision to move into the next round. Ross landed a series of good blows and looked comfortable throughout the fight. 

In the final fight with a Scottish boxer, Reece McFadden lined-up against World Number 1 ranked Andrew Selby of Wales. Rankings were thrown out the window from the first seconds with Reece directing the fight and upsetting the flow of the Welshman. He landed a series of strong, tight punches and won with a unanimous decision in what is bound to be one of the fights of the Games. 

NETBALL

Scotland's Netball girls got their first ever Commonwealth Games campaign underway with a strong 58-30 win over St Lucia at the SECC. The girls will face New Zealand this morning. 

Team Captain Lesley MacDonald said: "It certainly gives us that confidence that's required coming into it. We really needed that confidence boost to make sure that we're increasing our performances from game to game and that's what we're looking for just to build on that confidence we have from today.

"We've trained really hard over the last two years for this. It's been absolutely fantastic, we've had a great preparation coming into it and today's going to give us that confidence to build on for the rest of the tournament."

LAWN BOWLS

Scotland’s bowlers had another successful day in the group stages at Kelvingrove with the Para-Sport Mixed Pairs competitors Robert Conway, Irene Edgar, Ron McArthur and David Thomas the first of the host nation’s players to secure a place in the final.

During the morning the Scots beat Australia 15-9 in the last match of the group stages and in the evening’s semi-final they found themselves facing Australia again.  On this occasion the Scots won 18-14 to set up a meeting with South Africa in the final.

“Irene and I are both over the moon and we are guaranteed at least Silver tomorrow, but we are going for Gold against South Africa,” said Robert Conway afterwards.

“We’ve played them a couple of times. We lost to them last year in Worthing but we beat them on their home ground in South Africa in 2011. They are good players but they aren’t unbeatable, so we are quietly confident.”

Scotland Men’s Pairs and Triples remain unbeaten after two days of play.  Paul Foster and Alex Marshall added Nuie and South Africa to their list of scalps today and now just New Zealand remain to be faced in their group.  

In the Triples, Darren Burnett, David Peacock and Neil Speirs saw off Nuie and Namibia and tomorrow face Wales. Competing in the Women’s Singles Caroline Brown has now beaten all three of her group opponents with just Australian’s Kelsey Cottrell left to compete against.

Scotland’s Women’s Fours beat Papua New Guinea 15-7 this morning but suffered Scotland’s only loss of the tournament so far against Jersey 7-15 this afternoon.  Scotland now face Australia in the final group game.

SHOOTING

It was a mixed start for Team Scotland's shooters, with Sian Bruce missing out on the Finals in the Women's Skeet, whilst in the Women's 10m Air Pistol Qualifier, Caroline Brownlie rallied from a poor start to post the highest score in the final round but the gap was too big to close and she also dropped out.
 
In Men's Skeet, Drew Christie is well positioned in 2nd place with three of the five qualifying rounds completed, whilst in the Fullbore, Queen's Pairs event Delhi Silver medallists, Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod were progressing well before the fog came in and shooting had to be suspended early.
 
Action on Day 3 includes the Games debut of Seonaid McIntosh who will be up against older sister Jen in the 10m Air Rifle.

SQUASH

Both Scottish players are out of the men’s Singles after spirited fights against higher ranked opponents in the last 16.

Ninth seed Alan Clyne saved no less than four match points during a strenuous encounter with top seeded Englishman, Nick Matthew before eventually going out 11-4 11-5 11-8. 

Scottish 21 year old Greg Lobban lost out to the highly experienced fifth seed, New Zealand’s Cameron Pilley 11-6 11-4 11-6.

Clyne and Lobban will now focus on the Doubles Event which begins on Tuesday. Clyne is looking forward to the same vociferous Scottish crowd:

“The home support has been great for all three of my matches, it's been fantastic playing it and I'm lucky I'm going to get more chances in doubles,” he said.  “I can't wait for some more.”