Wild celebrations as Australian lawn bowler claims Commonwealth Games gold

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Read more Topics “Kelvin Kerkow back in 2006 was behind that one,” he said. “He sort of sent me a clip going back when the Games [team] were selected and he said, ‘this could be you’. Obviously I had a look at it, couldn’t help myself when it came down to the moment, chucked the shirt off, didn’t know where it went, but it was all on the groove.”But there was disappointment for the men’s fours team, who fell at the final hurdle having been within reach of gold heading into the final end with a two-shot lead over Scotland. Scottish skip Alexander Marshall proved the difference as he masterminded the comeback to snatch gold and his fifth Games title.At Belmont Shooting Centre, Laetisha Scanlan, Australia’s defending Commonwealth Games champion, celebrated turning 28 on Friday with another trap title, four years on from the one she won in Glasgow.“I have birthday tears,” she said. “I am so humbled by the experience. This Aussie crowd pushed me the whole way. I can’t thank them enough. My supporters and family all came out. It’s just phenomenal. Tonight I’ll have a few drinks and maybe a birthday cake.”The treats might well be deserved, having put herself through the wringer on a tense day of finals. Just making the final was in the balance until she scraped through as the sixth and last qualifier after a shoot-off with Rio 2016 silver medallist Natalie Rooney of New Zealand. Australia’s Olympic champion Catherine Skinner joined Rooney on the scrapheap in qualification, leaving Scanlan to refocus and start strongly in the final session before finishing the job with a Games record of 38. “I said to myself today: ‘I’m not going to worry about the result. Win lose or draw, I’m going to celebrate for my birthday, but boy, am I’m going to celebrate tonight’.”In table tennis, Melissa Tapper won through to the women’s singles TT6-10 gold medal match against Nigeria’s Faith Obazuaye but her semi-final victory proved bitter-sweet as she had to put out her good friend Andrea McDonnell. “It’s never fun or easy having to play against a team-mate. She played really well,” Tapper said after she had dropped the first game 6-11, but dug deep to come back and win the next three to claim victory.“You scared the shit out of me in that first game,” Tapper said to McDonnell.More gold awaits Australia over the weekend after the Opals booked their place in the women’s basketball final – against England – with a thumping 109-50 win over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Friday’s semi-final, while the Kookaburras will play New Zealand for gold after winning their crunch hockey semi-final against England 2-1. Support The Guardian Commonwealth Games Share on Pinterest Premeditated victory celebrations are not something usually associated with the genteel world of lawn bowling, but clearly no one told Aaron Wilson. The Australian secured gold on day nine of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in the men’s singles with victory over Canada’s Ryan Bester before pulling off a celebration Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of.Having congratulated his opponent, the Victorian athlete whipped off his shirt and threw it into the crowd in a celebration rarely, if ever, seen on the manicured lawns of Broadbeach Bowling Club. Wilson, nicknamed “Disco” for his penchant for visiting nightclubs in his youth, said his inspiration came from a fellow Australian bowler. Australia sport Share on Twitter Commonwealth Games 2018 Share on LinkedIn ‘A monumental moment’: women’s rugby sevens kicks off at the Commonwealth Games The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more