Commonwealth Games: Coasties win 5 medals

Including 1 gold.

Commonwealth Games: Coasties win 5 medals

Coasties have contributed to Australia's dominant performance at the Commonwealth games, winning 5 medals including a Gold across the two weeks of competition.

Killarney Vale's Matt Dawson took out the top prize along with the Men's Hockey side. He scored one of the Aussies' goals in their 2-0 win over New Zealand in the final on Saturday.

Meantime, local Rugby 7's product Ellia Green fell agonisingly short of Gold in the final yesterday.

Down 12-0 in the Womens' Rugby Sevens final against NZ, she and the Australian team fought back to take the match to extra time.

Green herself scored one of the Aussies' tries.

Unfortunately the Aussies couldn't take their chances in the extra period, and the Kiwis ended up winning 17-12.

New Zealand also won gold in the Men's Rugby competition. Captained by Avoca's Jesse Parahi, Australia finished fifth.

Tascott's Nicola McDermott was the last contributor to the medal tally, the 21 year old winning a bronze in the high jump after jumping a personal best 1.91 metres on Saturday.

McDermott made the podium in just her second major international competition, after competing at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The weekend burst of success for local athletes followed Shelley Beach's Brad Woodward winning two silver medals in the backstroke during the first week of the games.

Behind the scenes, Umina boxing coach Joel Keegan can also take some credit from these Games, after one of his charges took out Gold on Saturday.

29-year-old Anja Stridsman, originally from Sweden, beat England’s Paige Murney by unanimous verdict in the Women's 60kg division.

Stridsman headed up to Umina's PCYC last year to train with Keegan, and has now become just the second Australian woman to win a boxing Gold medal at the Games.

Overall, Australia won 198 medals on the Gold Coast - 80 Gold, 59 silver and 59 Bronze.

 

;