|Posted by Dr John Aveline on July 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM|
For those of us who are keeping a close eye on the squad in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games, I imagine there is some surpirse at the first day's results. Not that they're terrible; but they're not overly brilliant either. Now I'm not knocking the team; hey, I'm not even there, so there are undoubtedly factors of which I know nothing. But I do know that the 10 in Glasgow are the best we've got AND they've proven they can win against top opposition AND they are playing on greens that are just like back home AND this is mid-season for all of Northern Hemisphere folks AND the squad arrived well in advance make the time shift and really gel as a team. I'm afraid all that raises the expectations pretty high.
Instead, the men's pairs and triples are 1-1 and the women have yet to win a game.
The men's pairs started well with a 20-15 win against Samoa, but followed that with a 10-16 loss to Papua New Guinea. The trips also right footed with an 18-11 win over Norfolk Islands, but then dropped a clanger 10-28 to Jersey. Kells in the singles had two heart-breakers: 20-21 and 18-21, but against Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea. I can't imagine she expected to lose to either. The women's fours were the only ones to take on a top tier team and dropped an 11-21 score the England.
Anyway, I think we can expect our team to step on the gas a bit tomorrow (which is to say, today). At the selection camp, all the horses were a bit slow out of the gate, but then really came on as the matches against the Scots proceeded. I know they have engines to do it.