Sunday is the penultimate day of Competition, and it’s a big day for Squash Doubles with the mixed final and men’s and women’s semis …
It’s Mixed Kiwi Gold
Joelle King and Paul Coll – top seeds for the singles events but seeded 3/4 here – dominated the Mixed final against Alison Waters and Adrian Waller to claim gold.
In scenes more reminiscent of a rugby match than squash, Coll and King, who was sporting a bruise to the eye inadvertently caused by Coll’s celebrations, were stunned as their New Zealand teammates and fans passionately performed the Haka.
Afterwards, Coll said: “That Haka is something I’ll never forget, thank you so much guys. To celebrate like that is one of the coolest moments in my career.”
King added: “Last week, I didn’t think we’d be standing here today. We had unfinished business after the Gold Coast; I really wanted this and clearly so did Paul with the amount of diving he was doing!”
While King will have the opportunity to win a second gold and equal Rachael Grinham’s record of eight Commonwealth Games medals tomorrow, when she and Amanda will defend their women’s doubles title, this win draws the curtain on a dream Games and season for Coll, who besides winning the singles gold on Wednesday became the first male from New Zealand to reach World No.1 earlier in the year.
The Bronze went to India’s Dipika Pallikal & Saurav Ghosal who had too much for Australian defending champions Donna Lobban & Cameron Pilley.
English trio advance to finals in afternoon session
It was a great first session for England as three of their pairs advanced to tomorrow’s Men’s and Women’s final.
Kiki combination Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy were joined in the women’s final by Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters, both overcoming stern opposition from their Malaysian opponents.
In the men’s semis both matches went the distance with Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller were first through, and they’ll meet Declan James & James Willstrop in an all-English final.