IT was a big day for Australia’s team sports on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games with the Opals and Kookaburras each taking gold, while the Hockeyroos took silver and the men’s rugby sevens were eliminated from medal contention.
In men’s hockey, the Kookaburras outdid New Zealand 2-0 to continue a 20-year gold medal streak at the Games. WA’s Jake Harvie, Tyler Lovell, Trent Mitton and Aran Zalewski were part of the victorious side.
And in women’s basketball, a bizarre send off for Australian centre Liz Cambage did little to dampen the spirits of the Opals, who thrashed England 99-55. Cambage was sent back to the change rooms for an unsportsmanlike foul and technical foul when she appeared to say something to the referees during a break in play. But the result was already a foregone conclusion for the dominant Australians. Perth Lynx forward Alice Kunek scored five points from just under eight minutes of game time.
The Hockeyroos lost to New Zealand 3-1 in the women’s gold medal match and the men’s rugby sevens lost to England 26-17 to deny the side a Games medal.
WA boxer Caitlin Parker, of Gosnells, took silver after losing to Wales’ Lauren Price 4-1 in the gold medal bout of the women’s 75kg class.
Australia took 10 medals on day 10 to easily lead the table heading into the final day of action with 75 gold, 54 silver and 57 bronze ahead of England with 42 gold.
The netballers are strong favourites to take gold against England today after a 64-44 semi final triumph over New Zealand.
In men’s basketball, the Boomers easily outdid Scotland 103-46 to setup a gold medal clash against Canada later today.