Sport Northern Ireland’s supported athletes have got off to a good start on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The team will compete in ten sports on day six of the Games; athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, squash, swimming and table tennis.
Arriving in Glasgow on Tuesday morning, Sport Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Antoinette McKeown, said: “I’m really excited to be at the Commonwealth Games to cheer on all of our Sport Northern Ireland supported athletes.
“Team NI has been doing us proud in Glasgow since the Games began last week and I’m looking forward to watching our athletes perform on an international stage!”
In swimming, Northern Ireland will be represented in both of Tuesday evening’s medley relays on the final night of action in the pool.
Danielle Hill, Sycerika McMahon, Gemma Kane and Rachel Bethel set a time of 4:22.34 to qualify eighth quickest while the men, Jordan Sloan, Michael Dawson, Curtis Coulter and David Thompson were fourth in their semi-final in a new Ulster record of 3:47.83, with Thompson bringing the squad home as he held off Singapore to claim the last place in the final.
In the women’s 400m Sycerika McMahon was 14th overall (4:16.21 while Rachel Bethel finished 21st (4:34.30).
After winning their silver medal on Monday, Neil Booth, Paul Daly and Neil Mulholland were joined by Ian McClure and the quartet made it two wins out of two in the men’s fours group stages with a 21-4 win over the Cook Islands.
Another win over Jersey this evening would clinch a place in the knockout stages.
Martin McHugh defeated Petelo Gabriel (Samoa) 21-13 for his second win in three starts in the men’s singles.
There were mixed fortunes for the women. In the pairs the duo of Barbara Cameron and Mandy Cunningham got their campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 24-12 win over Malaysia but a second defeat for the triples of Donna McCloy, Catherine McMillan and Jennifer Dowds to Scotland, 19-11, mean they will have to beat Papua New Guinea in their final group game tomorrow and hope Scotland beat England and that a combination of those results lead to a larger shot difference for the local bowlers.
In squash, Michael Craig and Madeline Perrt beat Zambia (M Chilambwe & S Chimfwembe) in their opening group game of the mixed doubles 9-11 11-6 11-6.
Sinead Chambers is into the last 32 of the women’s singles in badminton after a good win over Joanne Snell of the Norfolk Islands 21-3, 21-5 but 17 year-old Alannah Stephenson missed out after losing to Jersey’s Elizabeth Cann 21-16, 21-11.
Alannah’s older brother Tony is through to the second round following a straight sets win over Mohammed Haque (Bangladesh) and he was joined by Northern Ireland team mate Tony Murphy.
Holy Trinity boxer Ruairi Dalton missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals after he lost his flyweight quarter-final in Glasgow on Tuesday. Australian Andrew Moloney won by a unanimous verdict in the 52kg class.
Joe Fitzpatrick, Sean Duffy and Sean McGlinchy will take to the ring this evening to try and secure medals.
In the group stages of the singles event Amanda Mogey and Paul McCreery both won their opening two games to progress to the knockout stages but Emma Ludlow missed out after winning her first game but was then beaten in her second.
In shooting, David Henning was 20th and David Beattie 22nd in the men’s trap.
Gymnast Matthew Cosgrave performed well on the parallel bars scoring 14.066 and finishing 12th while Luke Carson scored 12.966 for 21st place.
“It was pretty good, very steady. I must have done this routine a dozen of times so I am happy with it,” explained Cosgrave.
Carson, who suffered a fall during his routine, said, “It didn’t really go to plan. I really have no idea, it’s something that I’ve never done in my life, I’ve never fallen. Parallel bars was my real chance. I couldn’t have been more prepared for this competition. I can’t really explain what happened yesterday and today. I’m extremely disappointed in myself. I feel like I’ve really let everyone down that was backing me.”
The women’s team - Nicole Mawhinney, India McPeak, Sarah Beck and Ciara Roberts - finished the team event on 140.329 although their final ranking won’t be known until later while Nicole will also have an anxious wait to see if she makes the top 24 and the individual final.
“On beam, I had a fall on the last move which was really annoying but everything else was clean. I had a really good floor routine and was actually 0.3 off my personal best so I’m pleased,” she said after her competition.
In athletics, Ben Reynolds ran 13.96 to finish 6th in the Men’s 110m Hurdles but it wasn’t enough to progress to the final.
“I had a feeling I wasn’t up just up to par as that wasn’t a particularly good run. Rhythmically I had problems possibly because this year I have been doing 8 strides between the hurdles but have gone down to 7, however, you really need to be in good shape and have the speed for 7.”
“This is really the end of my season bar a few smaller races. I will concentrate on doing well in next year’s European Indoors in Prague where I hope to get back to the sort of form that got me to the World Indoors semis two years ago.”
Men’s Singles - Section C, Rd 3, Match 3, McHUGH Martin NIR vs GABRIEL Petelo SAM, 21 – 13
Women’s Pairs - Section A, Rd 2, Match 2, Malaysia vs Northern Ireland (CUNNINGHAM Mandy, CAMERON Barbara) 12 – 24
Men’s Fours - Section C, Rd 3, Match 1, Northern Ireland (Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland, Ian McClure, Neil Booth) vs Cook Islands, 21 – 4
Women’s Triples - Sec. C, Rd 2, Match 1, Scotland vs Northern Ireland (Catherine McMillen, Jennifer Dowds, Donna McCloy) 19 – 11
Trap Men’s Qualification - Day 2, BEATTIE David John, HENNING David, 26, 20
Women’s Singles Group 7 - Game 3, MOGEY Amanda NIR vs CHRIS Idau PNG, 4-0
Men’s Singles Group 9 - Game 3, McCREERY Paul NIR vs MOTHIBI Khethang LES, 4-0
Women’s Singles Group 6 - Game 1, LUDLOW Emma NIR vs GRANT Stella SLE, 4 – 0
Women’s Singles Group 6 - Game 2, YANG Annie NZL vs LUDLOW Emma NIR, 4-2
Women’s Singles Group 7 - Game 2, MOGEY Amanda NIR vs BABAR Farwa PAK, 4-0
Men’s Singles Group 9 - Game 2, McCREERY Paul NIR vs TUN Tyrone BIZ, 4-0
Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-final 4, MOLONEY Andrew AUS vs DALTON Ruairi NIR, 3 - 0
Women’s Singles Round of 64, CANN Elizabeth JEY vs STEPHENSON Alannah NIR, 2-0
Women’s Singles Round of 64, SNELL Joanne NFK vs CHAMBERS Sinead NIR, 0 – 2
Men’s Singles Round of 64, STEPHENSON Tony NIR vs HAQUE Mohammed BAN, 2-0
Men’s Singles Round of 64, MURPHY Tony NIR vs GHISLAIN Kervin SEY, 2-0
CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKE:
Women’s Cross-country, OAKLEY Claire, 15th, 1.58.27
Men’s Decathlon 110m Hurdles - Heat 2, GLASS Peter, 2nd
Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 1, REYNOLDS Ben, 6th
Men’s Decathlon Discus Throw - Group B, GLASS Peter, 4th
Women’s 400m Hurdles Round 1, MCMAHON Christine, 15th, 58.67
Mixed Doubles Pool C, CRAIG Michael / PERRY Madeline NIR vs CHILAMBWE Manda / CHIMFWEMBE Sharon ZAM, 2-1
Women’s 400m Freestyle – Rachel Bethel 21st 4:34.30, Sycerika McMahon 14th, 4:16.21
Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay – NI – 8th, 4:22.34
Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay – NI – 8th, 3:47.83