Bermuda increase medal tally
Bermuda won yet another bronze medal at the NatWest International Island Games, in Gibraltar, increasing their tally to five.
Following on from David Maycock and June Dill winning bronze in the bowling mixed doubles on Tuesday, another duo, Rachel Barnes and Anthony Fellowes matched that achievement in the squash mixed doubles, overcoming Stuart Copland and Joan Smith, of the Shetland Islands, 2-1 yesterday.
Barnes and Fellowes missed out on challenging for the gold medal, after suffering a straight-sets 2-0 semi-final defeat by top seeds Cameron Stafford and Marlene West of the Cayman Islands, in the previous round.
Meanwhile, Bermuda agonisingly missed out on two further bronze medals in both the menís and womenís doubles.
In the menís semi-finals, Greg Fitzgerald and Stephen Smith lost 2-0 to Anthony Brindle and Christian Navas, of Gibraltar, before going down to the same scoreline in the bronze-medal play-off against Scott Gautier and Anthony Harkin, of Jersey.
It was the same story for Meagan Jackson and Judith Furtado in the womenís draw, where they lost 2-0 against Guernseyís Karen Robinson and Natalie Dodd in the semi-finals before suffering the same fate in the bronze-medal play-off, losing to Fleur England and Amelie Haworth, of the Isle of Wight.
Bermudaís medal hunt was further enhanced with a number of promising performances in tennis, sailing and bowling.
On the tennis court, Gavin Manders secured his place in menís singles semi-final after beating Minorcaís David Riera-Pons in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Manders also reached a second semi-final, as he and partner David Thomas reached the final four of the menís doubles after beating Riera-Pons and partner Miguel Albert-Fuster 6-0, 6-4. The Bermudian No 2 seeds, who beat James Buxton and Robert Comber 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16, will face No 3-seeded Otto Byman and Henrique Norbiato, of Aland, today.
Meanwhile, Sam Butler missed out on a place in the menís semi-finals after suffering a straight-sets 6-0, 6-1 loss to second seed Oscar Mesquida-Berg, of Minorca, while in the Junior Plate competition, Scott Redmond went down to a hard-fought, three-set 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 defeat by Daniel Reid, of the Cayman Islands.
Redmond also joined forces with James Finnigan in the menís doubles, where the pair enjoyed a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 success against Regan Matthews and Harry Wilmott-Stanton, of the Isle of Wight, in the round of 16, before suffering a straight-sets 6-2, 6-1 defeat to top seeds Stuart Parker and Michael Watson, of Jersey.
In the bowling, Bermuda remain on course to add to the teamís own medal haul with the menís team of Maycock, Damien Matthews, Blake Raynor and Lamar Richardson sitting second in the menís team event with 2,468 pins, behind leaders Aland on 2,526 pins, with three games remaining.
Meanwhile, the womenís team of Dill, Florence Simons, Jennifer Stovell and Earlene Tucker sit in third place in the womenís team event with a total of 2,029 pins, behind Aland in second with 2,148 pins and leaders Gotland on 2194 pins, with three games remaining.
The nationís sailing team also sit in bronze-medal position in the team event, with Adriana Penruddocke, Jordan Etemadi, Kalin Hillier and Scott Mello amassing a total of 169 points after four rounds of competition, with six remaining.
In the singles Laser Radial Rig competition, Penruddocke remains in fifth position with 31 points after seven rounds of competition, while compatriot Etamadi is fifteenth with 78 points with three rounds remaining.
Also after seven rounds in the Laser Standard Rig competition, Hillier remains in medal contention, sitting fifth with 30 points, while Mello is twelfth with 72 points, with three rounds remaining.
Bermuda also narrowly missed out on a further bronze medal in athletics, where Brianna Mendes finished fourth in the womenís 5,000 metre race in a time of 18min 54.66sec, slightly under 25 seconds behind Rebekka Fuglo of the Faroe Islands.
Meanwhile, Quincy Kuzyk finished tenth in the menís 1,500 metres heats in 4:29.70, while Sean Trott had to settle for an eighth-place finish in the menís 5,000 metres, crossing the line in 16:11.34.
There was further disappointment in the badminton menís doubles where both Bermudian pairs suffered defeats in the round of 16.
Mark Haugen and Danial Hughes lost 2-0 to Niklas Hojgaard-Eysturoy and Bartal Poulsen, of the Faroe Islands, while Andy Lau and Denzel Simons went down to the same scoreline against Albert and Eric Navarro Comes, of Minorca.