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Games Diary - Weekend Round Up

Posted by Vicky Paterson on 7/27/2014 to Commonwealth Games 2014
Some of the biggest news of the weekend came on Saturday when the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt of Jamaica confirmed that he will compete in his first ever Commonwealth Games.  There was plenty of press speculation as to which event he would compete in as he is still yet to run competitively this season, however he confirmed that he will take part in the 4 x 100metre relay.  Bolt is arguably one of the biggest stars competing this year and with the loss of Mo Farah due to injury the athletics superstar is sure to bring in the crowds and add to the games exposure.  This would also open the event to a much larger audience, which would be an incredible coup for both the city as well as the organisers themselves who have worked so hard to make the Games the best yet for Glasgow.

'CLYDE' SHOWING USAIN BOLT HOW IT IS DONE

Days 3 and 4 of the Games also saw Fran Halsall of England cause upset in the swimming pool by taking on the favourites Australia and coming out on top with an exceptional time of 23.96seconds in the 50m butterfly.  There was also success for Scotland in the cycling with Neil Fachie for Scotland winning Gold in the Men's Sprint B Tandem along with his pilot Craig Maclean.


NEIL FACHIE CELEBRATING HIS VICTORY IN THE SPRINT B TANDEM

We were on the edge of our seats during the triathlon but eventually England took the Gold with a superb finishing run from Olympic medalist Jonathon Brownlee literally stepping over the finish line to claim victory in the team relay. With victories for the host country in Judo with Euan Burton taking Gold in the Men's 100kg and Sarah Adlignton matching that in the Women's 78+kg, it was definitely a successful Saturday for Scotland.


SCOTLAND'S EUAN BURTON LEAPING WITH JOY AFTER HIS VICTORY

As huge rugby fans at PSL though we were glued to the Rugby 7's all weekend.  Having printed the Uganda teams shirts and worked closely with the Glasgow Warriors players in the Scotland side.  As well as being heavily involved in Scottish Rugby we were eagerly anticipating the event and couldn't wait to get involved as well as catch some of the action ourselves.  7's rugby as opposed to the normal game takes 2 teams of 7 players and gives them just 14 minutes to win the game.  It involves speed, teamwork and hard tactics and is an amazing sport to be part of and even better to watch.  The Commonwealth Games 7's tournament did not disappoint with Saturday seeing New Zealand kick off with a 39-0 win over Canada and then Australia following that up with a 50-0 win over Sri Lanka, little more than a training exercise for them.  This is what can be the frustrating thing about 7's rugby, during pool stages of a competition like this one heavy weight teams are pitched against lesser experienced ones and so large points differences are inevitable.  The real challenge and competition doesn't usually come until the quarter and semi finals.  What was great though being in the stadium on Saturday was the atmosphere, and the roaring from the crowd whenever the underdog team came through, when Sri Lanka's Sandun Herath put one past Australia the cheer from the crowd was enormous.  Exactly what the Commonwealth Games is about and why they call it the 'friendly games'.  The action really picked up when Scotland came up against New Zealand, with The All Blacks never having lost a game in the Commenwealth Games since 1998 it seemed that the results was inevitable.  However the Scottish side gave them some serious competition, although at half time New Zealand were leading 17-0 the Scottish side roared back to even the score slightly to 17-14 and the home crowd held it's breath to see if they really could do it.  Sadly prediction rang true and the All Blacks came through to claim victory, still a great game and huge confidence boost to the host side.
Day 4 and the final day of the 7's sadly saw the home nations of England, Wales and Scotland crash out to southern hemisphere sides and fail to reach the semi finals of the tournament. Scotland lost 35-12 to South Africa in the quarters a devastating loss after their performance against New Zealand the previous day.  Despite their upset though according to a BBC report the players were pleased to have taken part in the tournament and were delighted to see the impact the Games had had on Glasgow and the games itself.


SCOTLAND IN ACTION AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA

The final of the tournament saw South Africa take on defending champions and rugby giants New Zealand who remained unbeaten in Commonwealth Games history...that was until today.  The Springboks ended up having more pace than the All Blacks and took victory 17-12.  Sherwin Stowers scored the first try for New Zealand but the Springboks kept up the offensive, not even being undeterred after Bryce Heem received a yellow card for kicking the ball away. Seabelo Senatla went over for his 10th and 11th tries of the tournament which gave South Africa a 12-7 lead, before Cecil Afrika ran from halfway line to extend the lead.  It was a shock defeat for an unbeaten side who everyone believed had the game all wrapped up, but provided some outstanding rugby and a great sporting moment for the watching crowds.


SOUTH AFRICA SEABELO SENATLA ON HIS WAY TO AN OUTSTANDING TRY AGAINST NEW ZEALAND

Day 4 also saw Scotland's youngest ever competitor, 13 year old Erraid Davies take bronze in  the SB9 100m Breaststroke.  An amazing achievement for such a young competitor.


ERRIAD DAVIES AND HER BRONZE MEDAL

After an action packed weekend we can't wait to see what the week ahead holds leading up to the closing ceremony.