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Kent athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day 8 - Thursday, July 31 - Golden evening for Kent star

31 July 2014
by Alex Hoad
Kent secured a third medal of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after Canterbury-born bowler Sian Gordon led England's women's triples to gold against Australia this evening.
Gordon - whose married name is Honnor - skipped the England side to an 18-13 win over Wales in this afternoon's semi-final at Kelvingrove before demolishing Australia 22-4 in the final this evening.
The bronze went to the South African team which ended Honnor's quest for glory in the fours competition at the quarter-final stage earlier in the Games.
The former Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls pupil - who once played for Whitstable and Oyster IBC - previously won bronze at the 2010 Games in Delhi.
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First up today the England hockey boys rubber-stamped their place in the semi-finals with a convincing win against Canada at Glasgow Green.
Chatham-born talisman Ashley Jackson and Holcombe's Barry Middleton were both on target as Kent played a huge part in sealing a 3-1 win.
Jackson had already gone close before he dived to deflect Middleton's smashed cross into the middle into the net for the opening goal before half-time.
After the break Middleton struck the decisive second just 48 seconds after the restart from close range, while a trademark Jackson penalty corner drag-flick into the top corner made it 3-0.
The Canadians did pull back a consolation goal, and Jackson struck the post from another PC attempt in the final action of the game, as England secured a semi-final against Australia on Saturday (10am).
The former Sutton Valence School pupil said: "Canada are a physical side and the tighter they kept it for longer the better it suited them.

“A couple of early goals would have made it much easier for us but we were in control the whole time."

He added: "The next step for this group of players is to make a final, we are ranked fourth in the world and have been very much playing to that ranking, unable to make that next step to get the right result in semi-finals.

“It does not matter who we face, we are confident going into the Australia game, we have lost a few times but we have already beaten them.”

Dan Fox, Iain Lewers, Nick Catlin and George Pinner of Holcombe were all in action for England.
India face the Black Sticks in the other last-four clash with the medal matches to follow on Sunday. 

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