NI bowlers secure medal in Glasgow

NI bowlers secure medal in Glasgow

The Northern Ireland men's triples team have won their semi-final against Wales 20-12 in Glasgow- meaning they are guaranteed at least a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Following their success on Sunday at Kelvingrove, the team - Neil Booth, Paul Daly and Neil Mulholland - will compete against South Africa in Monday's final.

The NI side were 10-8 with eight ends to go in the semi-final but bounced back to secure the win.

"It was very similar to yesterday, both times we have managed to claw our way back," Booth said.

"The important thing is to dig in when you are a few shots down so that's what we managed to do and we made sure to keep the momentum up. We are delighted with the result and are confident going forward to the final."

He added: "There's no reason why we can't go out there and win the final tomorrow. We are a good triple and have good experience in the triple so we are confident."

Meanwhile Catherine McMillen was beaten by New Zealand bowler Jo Edwards 21-8 in the women's singles semi-final.

"I really struggled from the start. I let her get too much of a lead and it was too much of a challenge to get back from that," said McMillen.

She added: "She's too experienced; she is never going to let you come back from that. I suppose I put everything into it but this morning it just didn't happen for me. I didn't expect to get this far so I was happy to get out of the group. To play for gold and silver, I suppose it overwhelmed me a bit, maybe."

McMillen missed out on a bronze medal in Sunday night's match, losing out to South Africa's Colleen Piketh.

In swimming, Sycerika McMahon qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 100m breaststroke, finishing second in her heat.

There was good news too for Michael Dawson who is through to the 50m breaststroke semi-finals after qualifying 14th fastest in the heats.

On the track Northern Ireland's sprinters got their Commonwealth campaigns underway - including sprinter Jason Smyth, who is the only Paralympic track athlete to race alongside able-bodied athletes at this year's games.

The visually-impaired runner finished fifth in his heat of the men's 100m which wasn't enough to go through to the semi-finals.

It was better news for Amy Foster though, who was second in her 100m heat to secure her place in the next stage.

In boxing there was disappointment in the ring for Stephen Ward who became the first Northern Ireland boxer to exit the games. The heavyweight lost a split decision to England's Warren Baister.

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