TEAM NI: Athletes ready to state their cases

Amy Foster
Amy Foster

Northern Ireland sprinters Amy Foster, Jason Smyth and Leon Reid will be in action in the first day of athletics at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

They go in 100m heats in the afternoon at Hampden Park.

Gladys Ganiel will run in the women’s marathon which starts at 9.30am

CyclistS Martyn Irvine goes in the Scratch Race and should make the final as long as he comes through the earlier qualifying.

He will be joined in the afternoon qualifying by team- ates Sean Downey and Philip Lavery while Lydia Boyland will be in action in the women’s 25k points race competition.

Four Northern Ireland boxers are involved in last 16 bouts at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre - lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick, light-heavy Sean McGlinchey, flyweight Ruairi Dalton and heavyweight Steven Ward.

In bowls, Catherine McMillen has a morning singles semi-final against Jo Edwards of New Zealand and then the final or bronze medal match on Sunday evening.

The Northern Ireland team of Neil Booth, Paul Daly and Neil Mulholland play Wales in the semi-finals of the men’s triples while Martin McHugh gets his campaign underway in the men’s singles.

Booth, Daly and Mulholland will be joined by Ian McClure as Northern Ireland begin their medal push in the men’s fours event.

David Beattie, a silver medallist in 2006, will be in action in the men’s double trap shooting event, along with David Henning. Qualifying and the final take place on Sunday.

Ballymena’s Kirsty Barr is in action in the women’s double trap while David Calvert and Jack Alexander, who finished out of the medals in the full bore pairs, go in the individual competition.

Northern Ireland’s netball team, having lost their first two pool matches, take on New Zealand on Sunday.