Shipperley set for hockey medal

01 August 2014

University of Bath Sports Performance graduate Zoe Shipperley is guaranteed at least a silver medal with the England hockey team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after they beat New Zealand in a tense semi-final this afternoon (Friday).

The game was all-square at 1-1 after the Kiwis scored a last-gasp equaliser, but England went through 3-1 in the penalty shoot.

That means England now face Australia in the final at 8.15pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Fellow Sports Performance graduate Lewis Prosser scored for Wales as they beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in the 9th/10th play-off.

The Scottish women’s hockey team, featuring University Management with Marketing graduate Alieen Davis, lost their fifth/sixth play-off to India 2-1.

University of Bath Coach Education and Sports Development graduate Heather Olver is through to tomorrow’s badminton mixed doubles semi-finals.

Olver and partner Chris Langridge beat Canada’s Toby Ng and Alex Bruce 21-16 21-17 in the quarter-finals today to progress. They face Malaysia’s Peng Soon Chan and Lai Pei Jing in the semis.

We hung in there

She said: “It was a little bit edgy. I think we both felt that if we played our best we could win, it was obviously just trying to bring that game out there.

“We struggled a little bit but credit to the Canadians, they stuck with it and really came back at us, especially in the second game and really put us on edge and made us more nervous. Luckily, we hung in there and got it together.”

At Hampden Park, Andy Robertson ran the last leg for England’s 4x100m quartet as they won the third semi-final to qualify for tomorrow’s final. Emily Diamond helped the women’s 4x400m relay quartet win their semi to progress to the final tomorrow.

In netball, Wales, featuring Team Bath’s Billy Pritchard, lost their seventh/eighth place play-off game 58-36 to Northern Ireland.

Medals won by athletes with University of Bath links

Gold – 5

Megan Fletcher (judo – under-70kg, England, day 2)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (swimming – 100m backstroke, England, day 2)
Zoe Smith (weightlifting – under-58kg, England, day 3)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 200m individual medley, England, day 4)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (swimming – 4x100m medley relay, England, day 6)

Silver – 11

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 200m freestyle, England, day 1)
Amelia Maughan & Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 4x100m freestyle relay, England, day 1)
Michael Jamieson (swimming – 200m breaststroke, Scotland, day 1)
Tom Reed (judo – under-81kg, England, day 2)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 100m butterfly, England, day 2)
Gemma Gibbons (judo – under-78kg, England, day 3)
Heather Olver (badminton – team competition, England, day 5)
Will Sharman (athletics – 110m hurdles, England, day 6)
Lizzie Simmonds & Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 4x100m medley relay, England, day 6)
Eilidh Child (athletics – 400m hurdles, Scotland, day 8 )
Jazmin Sawyers (athletics – long jump, England, day 8 )

Bronze – 7

Andrew Willis (swimming – 200m breaststroke, England, day 1)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (swimming – 4x100m freestyle, England, day 2)
Calum Jarvis (swimming – 200m freestyle, Wales, day 2)
Andy Burns (judo – under-90kg, Scotland, day 3)
Gary Hall (judo – under-90kg, England, day 3)
Amelia Maughan & Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 4x200m freestyle relay, England, day 3)
Kristian Callaghan (shooting – 25m rapid fire pistol, England, day 6)

More than 70 athletes with University of Bath links were selected to compete at Glasgow 2014. They will represent 10 countries and compete in 11 sports.

You can find a complete list of Bath connected athletes selected for the Games at and day by day schedule & results can be found at

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