The third day of competition at the Commonwealth Games provided some success and heartbreak for the Northern Ireland competitors.
Shauna O’Neill who had already been eliminated completed her group games against India with a 12-21 defeat. Shauna can hold her head high as she performed admirably in her first outing in the singles Berth at a major competition. This will be the first of many.
In the Ladies Fours the young quartet were involved in an epic battle in the quarter final with an experienced Fiji four who had defeated Australia earlier in the event. Unfortunately the girls just fell short, losing in the run in 12-15. These 4 girls illustrate what can be achieved and with their ages they will certainly be around this level of competition for years to come.
Saving the best to last, Sam Barkley and Marty McHugh went into their final group game knowing that qualification was almost certain and they still had a chance of topping their group if results went their way. They won their last group game against Jamaica by 26-7 and this coupled with the Wales result enabled them to be group winners. This meant they were seeded for the quarters where they were paired with India who had beaten England earlier in the day. In the quarter final Sam and Marty dominated from the start and they ran out easy winners by 26-8. They play their semi final at 12 noon tomorrow against Wales in a repeat of their group game.