Glory and heartbreak for Illawarra Commonwealth Games athletes

Grace Stewart (back row, second from left) and her Hockeyroos teammates. Photo: Grant Treeby
Grace Stewart (back row, second from left) and her Hockeyroos teammates. Photo: Grant Treeby

Wollongong’s Emma Tonegato had scored three tries to put Australia into the final. 

It seemed like the Commonwealth Games medal would reflect the colour of her playing shirt. 

But, like an NRL golden point heartbreak, extra-time is an all-or-nothing experience. 

Try time: Emma Tonegato. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Try time: Emma Tonegato. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Except, it’s more than nothing, because claiming silver is still a remarkable career achievement, even amid the disappointment of losing to New Zealand on Sunday. 

So too for Gerringong’s Grace Stewart, who scored a wonder-goal for the Hockeyroos to put Australia through, only to fall at the final hurdle, again against the Kiwis. 

Or for 1500m runner Ryan Gregson, who finished ninth in the final, three seconds outside a place on the medal dais. 

However, Wollongong’s Kookaburras midfield Flynn Ogilvie became the region’s latest gold medallist, following in the footsteps of swimmer Emma McKeon, by claiming victory in the final with a 2-nil win over New Zealand. 

Golden glow: Wollongong's Flynn Ogilvie celebrated gold with the Kookaburras at the Commonwealth Games.

Golden glow: Wollongong's Flynn Ogilvie celebrated gold with the Kookaburras at the Commonwealth Games.

It would be among 80 gold medals for Australia, the nation comfortably sitting atop the Commonwealth Games tally, leaving the athletes to celebrate at the closing ceremony on the Gold Coast on Sunday night. 

Wollongong’s adopted Illawarra Hawks star Nick Kay could also celebrate, adding a Games gold to Asian Cup success with Mitch Norton, as the Boomers build towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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