Gold for the men's triples and day four round-up

Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver and Darren Burnett claimed the men's triples gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in a thrilling final against Australia on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, they had beaten Norfolk Island 20-8 to reach the final.

In the gold medal match, the lead changed hands several times at Broadbeach BC, as the crowd cheered on both teams in a fantastic atmosphere. Scotland eventually won 19-14, taking a medal in the men's triples for the first time ever.

Skip Burnett said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win. Australia’s men’s triples is an absolutely class team and we knew the final was going to be tough – but it’s probably the very final that everyone wanted to see.

“It came down to a couple of big bowls for us at just the right time, and it really could have gone either way… I’m just glad it went our way!

“The crowd have been great. They’ve been so noisy and supportive – even though they were shouting for Australia in the final they were still very fair which is encouraging. We had some incredible Scottish support out here with us and they were with us the whole way so that was great. Our sport is a quiet one so the crowds really give that amazing atmosphere which just can’t be beaten.

"The heat here is obviously something we're not used to at home - so it definitely does go for us all. But it's a case of keeping well-hydrated and making sure you're protected. We're often told by the sportscotland staff that dehydration can affect your performance by 2-3% and, in that final, 2-3% would have lost us the game.

“When we won, I almost did a high jump! But, don’t worry, I’m not going to aim to compete for that in 2022 – I’ll just stick to bowls for now.”

Also on day four, the B2/B3 mixed pairs team of Irene Edgar and Robert Barr, and directors David Thomas and Sarah Jane Ewing, beat New Zealand 23-5 in round four.

Paul Foster and Alex Marshall beat Malta 18-8 to reach the final of the men’s pairs, where they were to face Wales.

 

Photo of the medal winners courtesy of Team Scotland

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