ON A ROLL | Lawn bowls ladies prove the sport “is no longer for old people”

The Commonwealth Games medals keep piling up for Australia on day five on the Gold Coast.

Another two gold and three silver were added to our overflowing tally by 5pm on Monday, taking Australia’s total to 90 medals (34 gold, 28 silver, 28 bronze).

At Broadbeach Bowls Club our women’s Fours team of Kelsey Cottrel, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca van Asch and Natasha Scott took home gold over South African.


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The Aussies only just made the final after a sudden-death playoff against Canada in the semi final on Sunday.

The lead switched hands a number of times over the fifteen ends, before the green turned to gold for Australia, winning 18-16.

Team captain Natasha Scott was under pressure, as the last player to bowl for the team, but said she called on the Aussie spirit to remain steady.

“The last three or four games have come down to the last bowl, so I’ve learned to deal with the pressure,” Scott said.

“But I knew that as a team we show the Aussie spirit and we fight no matter what, and that’s definitely what we did out there and we came away with the win.”

While for Kelsey Cottrel, the win was a special achievement, after giving birth to baby girl Sienna in August.

“Hopefully she’ll watch the footage back and see that I did the old Wimbledon jump the fence and go and give her a hug,” Cottrel said.

“Our sport is so competitive, I think it was an achievement for us to be selected as the same team that went to the world championships; there are so many girls knocking down the door to get in.”

She also pointed out that they had changed the perception of the sport.

“The TV coverage we get is fantastic for our sport and I hope everyone watching sees that bowls is not for old people any more. We’ve got an average age of 28 right here!”

Our Gymnasts have also made the dias at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.

Chris Remkes took home gold in the men’s Individual Vault, beating the top two qualifiers, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham from England.

“It is absolutely amazing, it’s just an unreal feeling,” Remkes said.

“This is just one big step for me and all my preparations and hard work lead to this. I’m very thankful of my coach for getting me where I am today.”

While silver went to Georgia-Rose Brown in the Balance Beam, behind Alice Kinsella from England.

Up the M1 at Belmont Shooting Centre, Kerry Bell shot his way to silver in 10m Air Pistol Men’s Finals.

And Kaity Fassina lifted 128kg to pick up silver in the Women’s 90kg final.

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