Gold on the line for Australia after solid third day at Leamington Spa


Val Febbo for Commonwealth Games Australia

The Australian Jackaroos have enjoyed a stellar day on the greens of Royal Leamington Spa with four semifinal places booked on the third day of competition.

The blue ribboned women’s singles quarterfinal clash between Ellen Ryan and Scotswoman Dee Hoggan commenced in tight fashion, with the pair locked at 5-5 after six ends.

However, the Commonwealth Games debutant in Ryan roared into gear, streaming to a 21-9 victory to progress to the final four, where she will face Norfolk Island’s Shae Wilson tomorrow morning in search of the gold medal playoff.

In the men’s triples action, Barrie Lester, Carl Healey and Ben Twist stormed home from a 3-10 deficit to defeat the Malaysian trio of Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple, Mohammad Syamil Syazwan Ramli and Muhammad Soufi Rusli 24-14.

A Twist bomb on the eighth end sealed a five for the green and gold as they never looked back, claiming 21 of the last 25 shots to set up a semifinal showdown with Fiji tomorrow morning.

In the para-women’s pairs, Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell would also progress to the semis after finishing third in their group, with the only loss coming at the hands of England in the most recent match of the day.

Bonnell and Lindfield will take on South Africa in order to book their place in the final, a nation that they defeated 18-7 yesterday morning.

In addition, Damien Delgado and Chris Flavel enjoyed a fantastic day on the green in the para-men’s pairs, sealing their fate with a 15-11 win over Wales and will come up against England in the semis.

Finally, in the vision impaired mixed pairs, Jake Fehlberg and Helen Boardman enjoyed a strong opening to their campaign, winning 25-9 over New Zealand.

Both the women’s singles and men’s triples semi final and final will be taking place tomorrow from 8:30am Birmingham time.



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