Australia’s golden girls are set for another tilt at the ultimate prize with the women’s triples team booking themselves a spot in tonight’s decider against Scotland with a 16-13 win over England in the semi-finals.
Three of the four girls who’ve already won gold in the fours, Natasha Scott, Carla Krizanic and Rebecca van Asch, will sensationally contest for gold for the second time in four days.
Triples skip Rebecca Van Asch spoke of the team’s relief to fend off a fast-finishing England and the excitement at contesting another gold medal match.
“It got a little bit scary there (12-12) near the end,” she said.
“The greens have been a little bit quicker the last couple of games. Today early the English girls probably struggled to settle into the speed and then at about the half-way mark, they really grasped it. All of a sudden they started playing a lot better.
“We hung tough and did what we needed to. Played a little bit defensive at times but got over the line.
“Obviously the semi-finals are do or die. We wanted to give ourselves the opportunity to get into another final and we’ve done that. The Scots played pretty well beside us so it’ll be a pretty tough final.”
Aaron Wilson continued his fine form with a no-nonsense 21-9 men’s singles quarterfinal victory over Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly, securing a semi-final appearance against England’s Robert Paxton tomorrow night.
The Games debutant stormed out of the blocks to lead 6-0 and never looked back, setting up an enticing semi-final against Paxton, who upset Kiwi star Shannon McIlroy in his quarterfinal, winning 21-16 in what was an impressive display.
Elsewhere, our women’s pairs outfit of Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell went down in a heartbreaking 15-16 quarterfinal loss to Scotland.
The Scots opened up a 9-1 lead early on, before the Australians bravely pegged the margin back, forcing the result down to the wire on the last end to go agonisingly short of a semi-final breakthrough.
Meanwhile, the dynamic men’s fours quadrant of Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff are through to the quarterfinals with a 27-6 win over South Africa in their final sectional match.
The four will contest their quarterfinal from 12:30pm against Northern Ireland, who were unbeaten in their section with a shot difference of 46.
Despite losing one of their sectional matches to India and finishing second in the group, Australia possessed the best shot difference (47) of any team across the three sections.
Men’s fours – quarterfinal – Australia vs. Northern Ireland: 12:30pm TODAY
Women’s triples – gold medal match – Australia vs. Scotland: 5:30pm TODAY
Men’s singles – semi-final – Aaron Wilson vs. Robert Paxton: 12:30pm Friday
Also coming up:
Bowlers with a disability triples – gold medal match – Australia vs. New Zealand – 12:30pm TODAY