IMAGE| MICHAEL WILLSON
Eleven days of competition closed with two silver s for Australian in the women’s netball and Rugby Sevens after the day had started with six medals across the marathon events.
The career of Kurt Fearnley also came to a close on this day as drove to victory in the T54 marathon. His final act as an athlete in sport will be to lead the host nation at the closing ceremony as the flag bearer.
Australia’s final medal haul was 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze, 198 total.
Compiled by David Tarbotton
GOLD MEDALS (5)
Athletics Men’s Marathon Michael SHELLEY
Athletics Men’s T54 Marathon Kurt FEARNLEY
Athletics Women’s T54 Marathon Madison de ROZARIO
Squash Men’s Doubles ALEXANDER Zac/PALMER David
Basketball – men Australia Lucas WALKER Cameron GLIDDON Chris GOULDING Jason CADEE Mitch NORTON Nicholas KAY Angus BRANDT Damian MARTIN Nathan SOBEY Daniel KICKERT Jesse WAGSTAFF Brad NEWLEY
SILVER MEDALS (4)
Athletics Women’s Marathon Lisa WEIGHTMAN
Athletics Women’s T54 Marathon Eliza AULT-CONNELL
Netball Australia Caitlin BASSETT Laura GEITZ Caitlin THWAITES April BRANDLEY Courtney BRUCE Susan PETTITT Gabi SIMPSON Liz WATSON Joanna WESTON Steph WOOD Kimberley RAVAILLION Madison ROBINSON
Rugby Sevens – women Australia Shannon PARRY Sharni WILLIAMS Demi HAYES Dom DU TOIT Vani PELITE Emma TONEGATO Georgie FRIEDRICHS Ellia GREEN Emilee CHERRY Alicia QUIRK Emma SYKES Cassie STAPLES Charlotte CASLICK
BRONZE MEDALS (2)
Athletics Women’s Marathon Jessica TRENGOVE
Squash Women’s Doubles Rachael GRINHAM Donna URQUHART
Australia dominated the final session of athletics, the marathon events which started at 6.10am. Kurt Fearnley closed his distinguished career with a memorable gold in the T54 marathon. This was followed shortly after by Madi de Rozario winning the women’s T54 marathon, her second gold of the Games. In second pace was Eliza Ault-Connell who competed way back at the 2002 Manchester Games. As the day warmed up, the women’s marathon was held and Lisa Weightman and Jess Trengove ran in the lead pack of four until the later stages of the event. Weightman placed second and Trengove third – gallant performances in the conditions. Even more gallant was Michael Shelley in the men’s race. While running in second during the final stages, Shelley moved past Scotland’s Callum Hawkins who had collapsed at the 40km mark. In fifth was Luke Adams.
BASKETBALL – MEN
The Australian Boomers have completed their whitewash of the GC2018 basketball tournament to claim the gold medal over Canada in crushing fashion, 87-47.
Australia won all five of its games with an average winning margin of 37 points and were clearly a step above all who came before them.
The Boomers doubled Canada’s score in the first quarter alone as Chris Goulding (11 points, 3/6 3PT) showed off his silky shooting touch from range.
Nathan Sobey crashed the boards to record 10 points and eight rebounds, while Nick Kay barrelled to the hoop to drop 10 points of his own.
Veteran Brad Newley (nine points, six rebounds) became our most decorated Commonwealth Games basketballer alongside Belinda Snell, as the only remaining members of the 2006 Melbourne gold medal campaigns.
Australia has claimed the silver medal after a nail-biting gold medal match against England.
It was a goal scored on the buzzer by the English that sealed the Diamonds’ fate, after a neck-and-neck opening half and see-sawing second half. No side lead by more than four goals throughout the match.
Australia starting seven – GS: Caitlin Bassett, GA: Susan Pettitt, WA: Madi Robinson, C: Kim Ravaillion, WD: Gabi Simpson, GD: April Brandley, GK: Laura Geitz
Quarter by Quarter Score:
Q1: AUS 14 – ENG 13
Q2: AUS 25 – ENG 25
Q3: AUS 38 – ENG 37
Q4: AUS 51 – ENG 52
Caitlin Bassett 22/24 (92%)
Susan Pettitt 11/12 (92%)
Caitlin Thwaites 6/6 (100%)
Stephanie Wood 12/14 (86%)
RUGBY SEVENS – WOMEN
The Australian women’s Rugby Sevens fell at the final hurdle at Robina Stadium after going down to New Zealand in an epic Gold Medal final. Scores were locked at 12-all after full-time of regular play and were still even after five minutes of sudden death extra-time. Eventually the deadlock broke after the extra-time siren, as New Zealand raced away 80 metres to silence the packed house at Robina Stadium. Drama aplenty in the Gold Medal game with star playmaker Charlotte Caslick ruled out at half-time after failing a concussion test. Australia progressed to the final following a convincing win over Canada in the semi-final with winger Emma Tonegato bagging a hat-trick of tries.
RUGBY SEVENS – MEN
Australia have finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games after back-to-back wins on the final day of competition. Australia easily accounted for Kenya early on Sunday before brushing Scotland aside in the fifth-place playoff. It was coach Andy Friend’s last game in charge with Women’s coach Tim Walsh to take over as the new boss next week. Friend was treated to a guard of honour from the players as both Scotland and Australia left the field with the squads then returning to watch the epic Women’s Gold Medal game. Thirteenth man Nicky Price was brought into the squad on Sunday after playmaker Tom Lucas was ruled out with a knee injury.
Australia’s domination in squash has continued with six-time Commonwealth Games athlete David Palmer and debutant Zac Alexander claiming the gold in the men’s doubles in a nail-biting showdown against England’s David Selby and Adrian Waller across three sets (11-9, 3-11, 11-6).
The Australian side won the first game but lost the second, and despite being down in the third, they fought their way back to be crowned with the title. The match was the sentimental ending of a long campaign for the Australian squash team, which also claimed gold in the mixed doubles and bronze in the women’s doubles earlier today, but also to Palmer’s decorated career.
The Australian women’s duo of Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart were equally as successful in their attempt for bronze today, defeating England’s Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry in a 2-0 win (11-6, 11-8). Urquhart and Grinham lead the way in both sets, but were pushed. It came down to a close ending in the second, when the score was at 9-8 before the pair secured the last two points to claim bronze.