Vet­eran Grin­ham grabs 8th medal

The Western Star - - SPORT -

SQUASH: Rachael Grin­ham has never left a Com­mon­wealth Games with­out a medal, and the Aus­tralian for­mer world No.1 sure as hell wasn’t go­ing to give up her fi­nal chance at her fifth Games.

Twenty years on from her de­but at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, Grin­ham (pic­tured) added an eighth squash medal to her pro­lific Games ca­reer af­ter clinch­ing the women’s dou­bles bronze with team­mate Donna Urquhart.

The pair claimed a straight­for­ward 2-0 play-off win over Eng­land duo Laura Mas­saro and Sarah-Jane Perry yes­ter­day.

Af­ter rac­ing to a sec­ondgame 6-0 lead, the Aus­tralians en­dured a feisty Eng­land fight­back and were pushed all the way to 9-8. But they held on to win the fi­nal two points and seal a 11-6 11-8 tri­umph that brought sweet re­lief for Grin­ham.

“I was close to walk­ing away from these Games with­out a medal but luck­ily we turned it on to­day with an awe­some match,” the 41-year-old said.

“That was a re­ally good re­sult, we beat them quite com­fort­ably which is hard to do in dou­bles.”

As it hap­pened, it was Urquhart who’d snuffed out Grin­ham’s only other chance at a medal three days ago.

She and cousin Cameron Pil­ley downed Grin­ham and Ryan Cuskelly in an all-Aussie mixed dou­bles en­counter be­fore go­ing on to claim gold on Satur­day night.

Urquhart said it had taken all her fo­cus to back up 12-odd hours later for Sun­day’s show­down.

“I had to kept my head screwed on last night and make sure I didn’t get too car­ried away feel­ing ex­cited about that,” Urquhart said.

“Be­cause this match meant just as much to me.”

Photo: Chris Hyde

BRONZE: Donna Urquhart and Rachael Grin­ham cel­e­brate.

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