Belfast Telegraph

Kelly focusing on the positives after bowls exit

By Graham Luney

While Leon Reid celebrated Northern Ireland's first Commonwealth Games athletics medal since 1990, his compatriots had less to shout about.

Bowls player Gary Kelly lost his men's singles quarter-final 21-9 to Australia's Aaron Wilson.

The Ballymena man finished with four wins from six matches on the Gold Coast and he is remaining upbeat.

"It was always going to be a tough game with the home crowd behind Aaron creating a great atmosphere," said Kelly.

"I started off slowly and he was consistent. I settled into the game and felt it was in the balance but a few unfortunate results went against me.

"The group stages went well for me and it's disappointing to miss out on a medal but I played six games, won four and I'll take the positives.

"It has been an absolutely fantastic experience. The enthusiasm from the crowds is unbelievable. The para-athletes have been brilliant and they all deserve a medal to be honest."

The men's fours team also lost out at the quarter-final stage, going down 13-9 to Australia.

Those results leave Northern Ireland without a Commonwealth Games bowls medal for the first time since 1978.

David Calvert, who is chasing a ninth Commonwealth Games medal, lies ninth after day two of the full bore rifle competition and Jack Alexander is 19th.

Paul McCreery lost 4-0 to England's Samuel Walker in the last-16 of the men's table tennis singles.

McCreery also lost in the last-16 of the doubles alongside Ashley Robinson with the Northern Ireland pair beaten 3-0 by Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty of India.

Sinead Chambers and Rachael Darragh lost their badminton doubles last-16 game 21-19 21-7 against Malaysia.

In mountain biking, Cameron Orr came in eighth while Marc Potts was back in 18th place.

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