Nick Brett rounds off Commonwealth Games debut with bronze
Nick Brett rounded off his debut Commonwealth Games with a bronze in the lawn bowls men’s fours, to add to the gold he won in the triples.
Brett, alongside Sam Tolchard, Jamie Chestney, and Louis Ridout missed out on a place in the gold medal match in agonising circumstances against India, conceding three shots in the final end, but bounced back to all take home their second medal of the Games.
The quartet stretched into an early lead against Wales in the bronze medal match, leading 11-4 after seven ends and held onto their lead despite a late resurgence.
It capped off a successful first Games for Brett, 48, in front of a home crowd in Leamington Spa.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said Brett.
“We had a possibility of playing in 12 games before we came, and we played in all 12.
“Obviously the last one wasn’t the one we wanted to play in but we’ve still come away with a medal.
“We can hold our heads up high, albeit we wanted a different medal this time around.”
All four men were still visibly disappointed over their defeat to India the day before, and Tolchard admitted it was hard to initially find the motivation to contest the bronze medal.
“I was gutted, I still am gutted,” admitted Tolchard, who won silver in the men’s pairs. “I didn’t want to go out and play today but you have to.
“It’s easy in a bronze medal match to go through the motions but as Jamie said, a few things happened in the game that got us riled up and suddenly it meant a lot more to us.
“We didn’t want to lose that game.”
The four players looked to be enjoying their final match of the Games despite that they would rather have been playing across the green.
It was the final game of the Games for the entire England team at a tournament that has seen all but two members take home medals.
“We actually put in a really, really good performance,” added Chestney.
“It was fairly tight, a few things happened in the game that got us going and we played really well towards the end.
“Still disappointed that we weren’t in the gold medal match but we wanted to finish on a win for what’s been a great week for bowls and the England team.”
Bowls has grown in popularity throughout the Games, with viewers transfixed by the drama unfolding on the greens of Victoria Park.
And Ridout encouraged people to get down to their local club and try it out.
“Hopefully everyone has been enjoying it and the coverage has been good,” said Ridout.
“That’s what we want people to do, just give it a go and encourage as many people as possible, all ages, all abilities, go out and give it a go.”
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