Commonwealth Games Day 10 wrap: Australia's teams take the spoils

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

Australian Taylah Robertson has won bronze in the Commonwealth Games boxing flyweight division despite losing her one and only fight.

After a Quad Series clean sweep in January from the Diamonds, where they came away with a 50-46 win against England but the Games have seen New Zealand go unbeaten throughout each Pool match including a win over the Silver Ferns to see them top their Pool.

The Roses clinched victory with the final throw of a tense final, Helen Housby scoring to seal a 52-51 win.

But third-ranked England upset the odds to claim victory over the favourites on a remarkable day of action.

Jo Harten - England's hero in the semi-final win - failed to sink a rushed attempt at goal with the clock down to five, and Housby's effort also fell short. To score the winning goal in the final against Australia in the last second - every single box has been ticked.

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Sam Ward's goalscoring exploits were again decisive as he scored both of the goals for Bobby Crutchley's side, but it was very much a team performance to secure consecutive bronze Commonwealth medals for England's men. "This is the best day of my life", she added.

Australia head coach Lisa Alexander was forced into four changes at the break and moved goal shooter Caitlin Bassett to the bench after she was dominated by England goal keeper Geva Mentor, playing in her fifth Games.

He opened up a massive lead early in the 42-kilometre race on the Gold Coast, and finished in 1 hour 30 minutes and 26 seconds.

Two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist Tamsin Greenway: Sometimes things are just written.

Their success is a timely boost for the sport before next year's world cup, being staged in Liverpool. Team, belief, courage. Has it all.

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