Commonwealth Games: Para bowlers taste bittersweet defeat once more

  • 12/04/2018
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New Zealand's mixed triples para bowls team in action. Photo credit: Photosport

Para bowlers Barry Wynks and Mark Noble were hit with a strong sense of deja vu after taking silver in their open triples final against Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Along with Bruce Wakefield, they were pipped by a single shot on the last end at Broadbeach Bowls Club, the Aussies sneaking home to take two shots and steal B6/B7/B8 gold with a 14-13 win.

After seven ends, the Kiwi trio trailed 3-10, but by the 13th, had fought back to lead 13-12.

"We probably thought we just about had them there," skip Noble said afterwards. "We virtually held the game and lost it on the last bowl."

Four years ago in Glasgow, Wynks and Noble had combined with Lynda Bennett to make the same final, only to be pipped 13-11 by South Africa.

The narrow loss wasn't any easier this time around, Wynks admitted..

"At Glasgow, I remember us saying, if we knew beforehand we were going to get silver, we would have been happy - but when we did get silver, we weren't.

"Mark and I especially are probably feeling the same this time - it's nice, but it isn't.

We were the only losers on the dais," Wynks said. "We were only going for gold."

Earlier in the day, Shannon McIlroy was tipped out in the men's singles quarter-finals by England's Robert Paxton.

The 31-year-old painter and decorator took an early 4-0 lead, but by the 17th end, the steady Englishman had a 17-10 lead.

McIlroy went on a charge to bring the score back to 16-17, but on the 23rd end, Paxton got his momentum back when he knocked McIlroy's bowl out to pick up two points.

He went on to close out the match 21-16 in the following end.

The men's fours of Mike Nagy, Blake Signal, Paul Girdler and Ali Forsyth beat Wales 11-10 in section play, but were thumped 20-2 by England in the quarter-finals.