Another busy day for Team Malta in the Gold Coast today, when eleven athletes took part in Athletics, Shooting, Lawn Bowls and Squash.
The searing heat that hit the Carrara Stadium did not deter Ian Grech’s efforts to register a new personal best result of 7.43 in the Men’s Long Jump Qualifying rounds.
Andrew Cassar Torregiani jumped 6.87 in his first major international competition.
Charlotte Wingfield took part in the 200m Heats, and clocked a time of 24.40.
Maltese lawn bowlers, had a bit of a disappointing day at Broadbeach today, when the Ladies Pairs, siblings Connie-Leigh and Rebecca Rixon suffered two defeats against England and Australia. In the first match, England proved their strength by the eighth end, when the score was 14 – 2 for England. Despite valiant efforts England were too strong and the match ended 23 -10. In the game against host country Australia, the Maltese girls had a narrower defeat. Gaining the upper hand the girls had the lead until the sixteenth end, when Australia obtained and draw. Motivated by this, Australia went on to beat Malta 18 – 14.
In the Men’s Singles, Brandon Aquilina played a very close match against Daniel Salmon (Wales), however lost with a score of 21-18. but won over Philip Jones (Norfolk Islands) and Taiki Paniani (Cook Islands).
Eleanor Bezzina gave another strong performance today in the 25m Pistol Precision and Rapid Qualification. Bezzina qualified to take part in the final after gaining seventh place with result of 571-18x. In the final competition, Bezzina missed out on Bronze medal for points. Nevertheless, this result is a strong one for Bezzina who only recently took up this particular discipline.
In Oxenford, it was time for Malta to take to the doubles courts for the Ladies and Mixed Doubles events. It was a tough day for unseeded Maltese players Dianne Kellas and Colette Sultana who faced Welsh Singles Bronze medallist Tesni Evans and Deon Saffery. The game ended with a 2-0 defeat for Malta. A similar fate awaited Mixed Doubles Pair, Colette Sultana and Daniel Zammit Lewis who lost to New Zealand duo Amanda Landers-Murphy and Zac Millar. Seeded duo Bradley Hindle and Dianne Kellas closed off the day on a positive note with a convincing win over Papua New Guinea’s Lynette Vai and Madako Suari.
Malta’s commitments in the Gold Coast continue tomorrow, Wednesday 11th April with the following sports:-
Double Trap Qualification (Nathan Lee Xuereb/ William Chetcuti)
Women’s Pairs vs Zambia
Women’s Pairs vs Papua New Guinea
Men’s Doubles vs New Zealand
Ladies doubles vs Pakistan
Mixed doubles vs New Zealand
Women’s Doubles vs India
Mixed Doubles vs England