Elsewhere on Day 3 for Team Scotland...
Scotland 7s made sure their medal hopes at Glasgow 2014 are still very much alive after an electrifying day one at Ibrox Stadium in the Rugby Sevens event. The Scots will play South Africa tomorrow, 27 July, having put aside Barbados, 56-0 and Canada 21-5. This followed a defeat to New Zealand in their opening game, 14-17.
Scotland 7s head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "We started today one of 16 teams who could medal at Glasgow 2014 and we end today one of eight teams. “We have shown we can cause some damage here and I believe this team has so much more to offer as we aim for a medal tomorrow.
“Improvements in key areas of our game will be required and, after we lost out to New Zealand, we have had to treat each game as a Cup final.
“However, we have put in three professional performances that were topped off with an outstanding game against Canada. Tomorrow we will need to be the best we have ever been.”
In their first game of the day, after losing three tries to four times Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand, Scotland bounced back and ended the match by the closest margin they have ever come to overturning their opponents
It was clear that confidence had been instilled in the side when they touched down eight times in their tie v Barbados. There were a number of highlights in this game, with Wight scoring his first ever Scotland 7s try and Sean Lamont and Stuart Hogg making their mark on the team with one try apiece. The remaining scores were touched down by Jones, who scored another brace, Mark Bennett, James Johnstone and Colin Shaw.
Finally, the match against Canada was the decider for Scotland. It was a must-win tie and the 50,000 strong crowd behind them made sure that happened, as every time they touched the ball the stadium erupted.
Jones scored his fifth try of the day and then Vernon stole the restart kick and sprinted in from 50 metres to extend the lead before Bennett, who was the Scots’ stand-out performer throughout the day, sealed the victory. Gregor converted all three tries.
In order to medal tomorrow, Scotland 7s will be required to win their first match v South Africa and reach the semi-finals. If they win their second match they will be in the Gold/Silver final and be assured a medal and if they lose they will move into the Bronze medal match.
Scotland’s top triathletes signed off with seventh in an exciting Mixed Triathlon Relay today at Strathclyde Country Park. Natalie Milne, Grant Sheldon, Seonaid Thompson and David McNamee joined forces for the fast-paced tag-team event, each completing a 250m swim, 6.6km cycle and a 1.6km run.
Roared on by fantastic home support, the quartet clocked a collective one hour, seventeen minutes and 50 seconds. McNamee brought the team home in an exciting finish, which saw the Irvine-born World Series competitor pip Welshman Morgan Davies by three seconds.
England, with the dominant Brownlee brothers in their four, won in a time of 1.13.24 with South Africa taking Silver and Australia the Bronze, the latter two teams separated by a single second. Canada finished fourth, three seconds outside the medals. The Mixed Triathlon event completes the Commonwealth Triathlon competition.
Josh Taylor was the only Scottish boxer in action today at the SECC on Day 2 of competition. Up against Kagiso Bagwasi from Botswana, Josh won on a unanimous decision and will now face Richarno Colin of Mauritius in the next round.
The Delhi 2010 Silver medallist revelled in the atmosphere and the loud home support:
“I am used to the big crowds now from boxing in the last Games and the London 2012 Olympics as well. I mean that was 10,000 people (in London), but this was amazing.
“With the big stage, the likes of the media, the cameras, all the crowd, all the attention - it can put other athletes off. I can deal with the pressure 100%.”
Team Scotland slipped out of the Mixed Team Event in badminton at the quarter-final stage, top-seeds Malaysia proving too strong for the host country, who had been ranked sixth.
Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair gave Scotland a 2-1 win in the first tie but Malaysia turned that around to triumph overall by 3-1 on matches.
Kirsty Gilmour lost her singles tie 2-0 with Kieran Merrilees losing by the same margin before Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh also succumbed in the men’s doubles.
Gilmour was particularly disappointed as she is ranked higher than Jing Yi Tee but never really contested it as she lost 21-10 and 21-15.
“That was nowhere near my best – nothing like it,” said the crestfallen 20 year-old.
“I can’t really explain it but I do credit my opponent because she played very well indeed on the night. I am normally a bit of a banker in terms of the team situation so I feel bad at losing but hopefully it won’t affect the rest of the Games.
“People have lost in Mixed Team Events and come back and won Singles before. I am not saying that will happen but I’m not writing anything off, put it that way.”
The atmosphere inside the Emirates, with more than 4,000 fans inside, had been excellent and Bankier commented, “I don’t recall as big a crowd as this at badminton in Scotland. For me it only really compares to Wembley or a World Champs and the atmosphere was great for our match.”
The art of clinical finishing by India’s penalty corner experts was a key feature in a 6-2 win over Team Scotland in Pool A of the Men’s Hockey competition at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Two penalty corner goals each for Raghunath Ramachandra and Rupinder Singh, added to field goals from Gurbaj Singh and Gurwinder Chandi, ensured a comfortable victory that results in India sitting top of Pool A. Remarkably, the stats showed that India had only two more shots on goal than Scotland, indicating their superior ability to convert crucial chances when it matters.
Nevertheless, Kenny Bain and Nick Parkes replied late on with two goals for the home side, ensuring that the Scots sit above bottom place Wales on goal difference after the Welsh rear-guard felt the full force of a 7-1 defeat to World Champions Australia earlier on in the session. The Celtic nations will meet in a crunch match on Monday morning, with a place in the 7th/8th classification match the likely outcome.
Following the match, Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “I was proud of the players. India have players who are full-time and have recently competed at the World Cup. We played well in spells and we just need to take our chances. On another day, we take our chances and the score looks different.
“Wales have played well and shown good structure in the games so far. It’ll be a tough match but we’ll be prepared and ready.”
Scotland's netball girls faced tough opposition in World number two ranked New Zealand. The girls played well and put in a good defensive effort, but were overcome 71-14 by the Silver Ferns.
After the match, Lynsey Gallagher said: "It was a tough game but we'll go back to the drawing board for the next match. We've got three very different teams to play against in Jamaica, Malawi and Northern Ireland and we'll go into each one with a different approach. We'll have a different Game plan for each one and we'll go now and look forward to the match against Jamaica tomorrow."
Sophie Smyth was the first Scottish competitor to lift in the Clyde Auditorium on Day 3 of the Weightlifting competition. Sophie performed really well in front of a noisy audience and delivered a combined total of 145kg. Georgi Black is the next Weightlifter in the competition, who lifts in the 63kg category today (Sunday).
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