Van Asch completes Games golden double

Invermay bowler Rebecca Van Asch completed a Commonwealth Games golden double with the same teammates who shared her dual world championship success in 2016.

Victory in the women's triples final against Scotland three days after claiming the fours crown made Van Asch (skip), Carla Krizanic (lead) and Natasha Scott (second) the first Australian bowlers to claim two gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games.

“That was a stat we didn't know about and a pretty awesome thing to have on our side,” Van Asch, who turned 30 last month said.

“To come away with two and to do the double of world and Commonwealth triples and fours with exactly the same team is really quite spectacular.”

The win completed a perfect program for the trio who, along with Kelsey Cottrell, defeated Papua New Guinea (41-1), Cook Islands (15-9), Namibia (23-9), Malaysia twice (14-13 and 14-12), Canada (10-9) and South Africa (18-16) in the fours and then Papua New Guinea (32-12), India (20-11), Canada (20-13), Fiji (24-9), Northern Ireland (30-5), England (16-13) and Scotland (21-12) in the triples.

“First Comm Games and a 100 per cent record that's pretty special,” Van Asch reflected.

“But I'm so proud of the way the girls played, they gave me an armchair ride through the tournament.

“World champs felt like a dream to win both of those titles, it was quite unbelievable at the time, so to be able to back that up is something quite special.

“We knew coming into the Games that we were very much the hunted because of our performances at worlds and the fact that it was a home Games.”

At a packed Broadbeach Bowls Club, Australia swiftly established a 9-1 lead and, despite conceding four on the sixth end, never looked back.

A brilliant drive by Van Asch with the last bowl of the seventh turned a three-shot deficit into a one-shot advantage and from then the momentum was always with the host nation.

Van Asch said she her mum, dad, husband and in-laws were cheering her on.

“It was really special having them here,” Van Asch said.

“They haven't watched a lot of my international bowls so to have them at a home Games was great.

“I've only got a couple of days before I go back to work so it will be a pretty quick turnaround before I get back to reality.

“I don't think any of it has sunk in yet, even the fours, because we had such a quick turnaround to focus on the triples, we probably haven't allowed ourselves to enjoy that just yet but now we have we will probably have a celebration together.”

In the semi-final in the morning, the Australians leapt out to a 7-0 lead but England fought back from 11-3 down to tie the scores at 12-12 after 15 ends. 

Two shots on the next two ends set up a 16-13 win.

The win was also Tasmania’s eighth gold medal on the Gold Coast and 11th medal in total.

In other Tasmanian news, Hamish Peacock has been drawn in the second of two qualifying groups for the men's javelin on Friday.

The 27-year-old Australian champion will compete in a group of 12 at 11.10am in which his personal best of 84.39m is second only to Kenya’s Commonwealth and world champion Julius Yego (92.72m).

Five minutes before Peacock steps up, fellow Hobartian Jack Hale will take to the Carrara Stadium track. 

The 19-year-old is in the Australian squad of five to compete in the first of two 4x100m heats.

Ten hours later a third Tasmanian will compete on the athletics program when King Islander Stewart McSweyn runs the second of his events on the Gold Coast.

The 22-year-old, who came fifth in the 5000m, is in a field of 15 for the 10,000m in which his personal best time is 28:29.65.

Hobart veteran Eddie Ockenden and Jeremy Edwards are in the Kookaburras side facing a late hockey semi-final at 9.45pm against England.

England lost its final pool game 4-3 to India despite having gone 3-2 up with just a couple of minutes remaining.