TWO bronze medal victories for our athletes in lawn bowls today... otherwise it was a bit of a disappointing one in the shooting.

Here's what you may have missed today, and what not to miss tomorrow.


After the heartbreak of their semi-final shootout loss to New Zealand on Thursday, England women go for bronze tomorrow (1.30am UK time) against India.

England lost 2-1 to India in the group stage, and so they will need former King's College student Maddie Hinch to continue her fine form in goal if they are to return from the Gold Coast with a medal.

Lawn bowls

The final day of the bowls events brought two bronze medals for England, in the men's fours and men's singles.

The England quartet - Louis Ridout (Taunton/Ilminster), David Bolt, Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard - lost out to Scotland in the semi-finals yesterday, leaving them to face Wales for the final spot on the podium today.

And they triumphed, recovering from 4-2 down early on to lead 10-5 by the 10th end, ultimately winning 15-9.

Afterwards, Ridout said: "Last night was hard, but we picked ourselves up again this morning and I thought we played well.

"Wales started off very well, second half we controlled the game and I'm thrilled to take home the bronze at the end."

In the singles, Rob Paxton (Taunton/Ilminster) suffered the disappointment of defeat against Australia's Aaron Wilson - who went on to win gold.

Paxton saw an early lead of 7-4 evaporate into an 11-7 deficit, and although he kept the Australian within sight, he could never quite overhaul his opponent, losing 21-16.

The Englishman had to pick himself up to avoid going home with nothing, as he faced Scot Darren Burnett for bronze.

Paxton worked his way into a 10-4 lead after 11 ends, but Burnett fought back in just four ends to lead 14-10.

Had Paxton blown it? Not a bit. He rebounded with three in the 16th end, and then picked up more shots over the next five ends to come through victorious, 21-14.

Paxton commented: "I started off well, lost a bit of pace in the middle as he came back strong, but I finished off the game well.

"It's been a reasonably successful Games, could have gone better for us but most of us have come away with medals.

"You always want to do the best you can and win the gold, but that wasn't to be, but I finished off well and made sure I was on the podium with a good win tonight.

"Throughout the singles [Aaron Wilson] has been the star man, he fully deserves the gold, so to come away with a medal is all you can really dream of."

That's it for the bowls at Gold Coast 2018, and although they will have aimed higher, both Paxton and Ridout have a medal to take back from their Commonwealth debuts.


Having waited and waited until the third to last day of competition, the trap shooters - Abbey Ling, Ed Ling and Ellie Seward - finally stepped into competition today.

Unfortunately Seward (Chard) fell just short in women's trap qualification, placing ninth with a score of 63 and therefore finishing outside of the top six who made it through to the finals.

Abbey Ling (Wellington) was in that top six, though, qualifying second (69+1) behind Sarah Wixey of Wales (69+2).

But, come the finals, Ling finished agonisingly short of a medal, as she came in fourth place (scoring 24), behind Laetisha Scanlan (Australia, 38), Kirsty Barr (Northern Ireland, 37) and Wixey (28).

Abbey's husband Ed Ling is competing in the men's trap, which has its qualification round spread over two days.

And Ling is well poised after the opening day, sitting in fourth place on 47 - Brian Galea (Malta) and Aaron Heading (England) leading on 48.

Tomorrow, Ling will take part in the second day of qualifying (from midnight), and - all going well - the finals at 6.30am.

Not that it's all about him... as David Luckman (Taunton) is going for his second gold of these Games tomorrow as well.

Luckman - having already taken top spot in the Queen's Prize pairs - is lying in second place after the first two rounds of the Queen's Prize individual event.

With only Jim Bailey (Australia) ahead of him, Luckman will look to secure another medal from 1am tomorrow morning.

More highlights

If hockey and shooting aren't your thing, there's plenty more going on tomorrow as the Games build towards the climax.

In cycling, the women's and men's road races (10.45pm (Fri) and 3.30am, respectively) take centre stage, while there's boxing from 3am to 12.15pm to keep fans of Peter McGrail, Michaela Walsh et al entertained.

On the athletics track, the men's and women's 4x100m relays are on between 5.40am and 6am.

England face Jamaica in the netball semi-finals (6am), and then Australia in the women's basketball final (11.30am).