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Commonwealth Games: Northern Ireland women finish strongly on both the beam and floor

By Frank Brownlow

Northern Ireland girls Nicole Mawhinney, India McPeak, Sarah Beck and Ciara Roberts finished the women's gymnastics team event in ninth place after some strong performances on the beam and floor on the second day of competition. They moved up from 10th overnight and finished with a score of 140.329.

The bonus was the 21st place of Nicole Mawhinney in the overall standings which saw her qualify for the all-around final tonight.

"On beam, I had a fall on the last move which was really annoying, but everything else was clean. I had a really good floor routine and was actually 0.3 off my personal best so I'm pleased," said Nicole.

Sarah just missed out on the final in 26th place.

With regard to the Northern Ireland men, Matthew Cosgrave performed well on the parallel bars, scoring 14.066 and finishing 12th, while Luke Carson scored 12.966 for 21st place.

"It was pretty good, very steady. I must have done this routine a dozen of times so I am happy with it," said Cosgrave.

Carson, who suffered a fall during his routine, said: "It didn't really go to plan. I really have no idea, it's something that I've never done in my life, I've never fallen.

"Parallel bars was my real chance. I couldn't have been more prepared for this competition. I can't really explain what happened over the two days. I'm extremely disappointed in myself. I feel like I've really let everyone down that was backing me."

In badminton, Sinead Chambers is into the last 32 of the women's singles after a good win over Joanne Snell of the Norfolk Islands, 21-3, 21-5, but 17-year-old Alannah Stephenson missed out after losing to Jersey's Elizabeth Cann, 21-16, 21-11.

Alannah's older brother Tony is through to the second round in the men's singles following a straight sets win over Mohammed Haque (Bangladesh) and he was joined by Northern Ireland team mate Tony Murphy.

To complete a good first day the three mixed doubles pairings of siblings Sinead and Ciaran Chambers, Alannah Stephenson and Tony Murphy as well as Tony Stephenson and Caroline Black all won their matches to reach the last 32.

Stephenson and Murphy will now play the husband and wife number one seeds from England Chris and Gabrielle Adcock.

In their opening group game of the squash mixed doubles Michael Craig & Madeline Perry beat Zambia (M Chilambwe & S Chimfwembe) 9-11, 11-6, 11-6.

In the group stages of the table tennis singles event Amanda Mogey, Ashley Givan, Paul McCreery, Ashley Robinson and Peter Graham all progressed through the qualifying group stages to the last 32, but Emma Ludlow missed out.

In mountain biking, Roger Aiken came 26th in the Men's Cross-country.

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