Day of near misses for Team Wales in Glasgow

NO MEDAL: Welsh wrestler Sarah Connolly, right, was beaten by Cameroon's Blessing Oborududu

NO MEDAL: Welsh wrestler Sarah Connolly, right, was beaten by Cameroon's Blessing Oborududu

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GWENT squash pair Scott Fitzgerald and Dave Haley are out of the men’s doubles at Glasgow 2014 after losing in the last 16.

English par Daryl Selby and James Willstrop were too good for Fitzgerald and Haley, winning 11-1, 11-9.

Pontypool’s Fitzgerald said: “The first game came and went very, very quickly.

“We had 12 minutes of practice this morning on the glass court and that was the first time that either of us had been on here all week.

“Towards the end of the first game, we started to settle ourselves into it a little bit and we put up a good fight in the second game, but it just wasn't to be."

On his partnership with Haley, Fitzgerald added: "We're good friends off the court as well, so we sort of know each other's brain.

“We know how to pick each other up, what to say at the right time. We know if somebody hits a mistake, we know they're not trying to hit a mistake so we have to remain positive."

Haley paid tribute to Selby and Willstrop after a dominant display.

“The accuracy of both of them, the pace that they play at is superb,” said the Newport player.

“They know where to hit the ball, when to use the one down the middle."

“It can be quite difficult to judge the ball and how far it is from the wall so you mis-time a few, you see it late and you make a few mistakes on simple shots really. In the second game we just got used to it a bit quicker.

“The experience has been great,” he added. “Playing live on TV, in front of a crowd of 2000, that in itself is a great experience which perhaps neither of us will ever have again.”

On a day of near misses for Wales, Brett Morse finished fifth in the discus final at Hampden Park.

Gwent’s Lisa Forey and Kelly Packwood and Welshpool’s Kathy Pearce also just missed out on a medal in the women’s triples lawn bowls.

The trio were beaten by England in their semi-final this afternoon and then lost out to South Africa in their bronze medal final this evening, going down 23-14.

And in the women's freestyle wrestling -63kg weight class at the SECC Wales’ Sarah Connolly also lost her bronze medal match.

“I was really disappointed today,” she said. “I was hoping to take bronze. I think 63 kilos is too heavy for me, so I'm thinking of dropping down to 58. But it's not all negatives for me today because I won my first international match."

On her bright pink hair she added: “I was meant to dye my hair pillar-box red, but for some reason it came out as pink. Really it's just to stand out as we do not often get a chance to represent our country.”

But there was good news for the Welsh women in the hockey as they concluded their Commonwealth Games campaign with a first win and their first goals.

The women, including Newport pair Abi Welsford and Sophie Clayton and Croesyceiliog School pupil Danielle Jordan, beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 to secure a ninth-place finish.

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