TEAM NI: Review of Northern Ireland’s athletes on Day Four of the Commonwealth Games

Northern Ireland's Sycerika McMahon in heat 3 of the Women's 200m Individual Medley
Northern Ireland's Sycerika McMahon in heat 3 of the Women's 200m Individual Medley

There were semi-finals for Northern Ireland swimmers Sycerika McMahon and Michael Dawson on Sunday night night but neither qualified.

McMahon was 13th quickest in the 100m breaststroke while Michael Dawson was joint 12th in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 28.87.

Bethany Firth was 26th overall in the women’s 100m freestyle (59:24) and says her experience in Glasgow will help her when she returns to Paralympic action for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“I am loving this experience but it’s much different to what I’ve been used to,” she aded.

“I haven’t raced against these girls before but I hope to bring what I’ve learnt into the Paralympics. The main difference is that a lot of these girls have been here before and they know what they’re doing because they’ve been doing it for years and they are used to this environment.”

Curtis Coulter was 21st fastest in the 100m fly while 14 year-old Danielle Hill was 14th in the women’s 200m backstroke.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland netballers lost out in their match against New Zealand 78-29.

Speaking after the match, Noleen Lennon said: “It was fantastic, it’s always going to be amazing playing the No.1 team in the world.

“We had some patches of really strong play and we were even leading them at one point which was amazing.”

She added: “It’s a real step up, you can’t afford to make mistakes. You need to adapt and adjust and it shows that we can compete with them.

“Playing against teams like this day in and day out, it’s only going to make us better.”

Commenting on sporting an impressive black eye, Lennon admitted: “I got caught with an elbow. It caught me just on the rim of my eye and it went up like a balloon.

“It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Elsewhere, in athletics Leon Reid was disqualified from the Men’s 100m heats after a false start and Jason Smyth came fifth in his heat.

Snyth said: “It has been an incredible experience for me to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games as I missed out on Delhi because of injury.

“I will continue to try and bridge the gap between able bodied and Paralympic athletics.”

After stage 1 of the full bore rifles individual event, shooter David Calvert sits in 3rd place, 104-12v, with two more days of competition left in the event.

In table tennis, Team NI beat Scotland 3-1 in the final of the classification event, finishing 13th overall.