Commonwealth Games medal dream shattered for Karen Murphy

Karen Muphy in action for Australia. Photo: Tracey Nearmy

Karen Muphy in action for Australia. Photo: Tracey Nearmy

THE dream of a Commonwealth Games medal on home soil is over for former Shoalhaven Heads lawn bowler Karen Murphy.

Murphy and her Australian women’s pairs partner Kelsey Cottrell went down in heartbreaking fashion, losing 16-15 to Scotland in their quarter-final match-up on the Gold Coast.

The Scots team of Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston opened up a 9-1 lead early on, before the Australians bravely pegged the margin back, forcing the result down to the wire on the 18th and final end, only to fall agonisingly short of a semi-final breakthrough. 

Scotland will now play South Africa for a spot in the gold medal match.

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