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Local athletes shine at Commonwealth Games

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Bundaberg's Rebecca Greiner joins her Hockeyroos teammates with their silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photo: Hockeyroos

Bundaberg athletes are doing the region proud at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the weekend's events showcasing more of our local stars on the world sporting stage.

Hockeyroos player and former Bundaberg resident Rebecca Greiner shone bright in the lead up to the team's silver medal win.

In the semi-final against India on Friday, Rebecca scored the only goal for Australia in the tenth minute before a 1-all draw led to a shoot out.

It ended with Australia beating India 3-0 and progressing to the Women's Hockey Gold Medal Match against England on Saturday.

The team just fell short of the top spot, going down to their opponents 2-1 and claiming the silver instead.

Rebecca is an ex-Bundaberg All Blacks player who joined the team in primary school.

Junior co-ordinator Renae Wales said Rebecca's talent on the hockey field was apparent from the get go.

“When she was younger you could just tell she was going to make it,” Renae said.

“The ability she had at such a young age, and her passion and drive for the game was incredible.

“She often comes home to see her family and will do some training with our up-and-coming players.

“To now see her at the Commonwealth Games is pretty amazing.”

Jake just misses out on bronze

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Bundaberg's Jake Fehlberg with Peter Doherty and Matthew Northcott after just missing out on bronze at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: 7 Plus

On the greens, Bundaberg's Jake Fehlberg along with Helen Boardman, Peter Doherty, and Matthew Northcott narrowly missed out on bronze in the Lawn Bowls Mixed Para Pairs B2/B3.

Speaking to Channel 7 after the match, Jake said it was a close call for the winning medal.

“It was right down to the last bowl, we still had a chance to win the game,” he said.

“It is pretty disappointing, we put a lot of hard work into getting here and getting selected and we had some good results going through and just couldn't quite do it on the last couple of games.”

Jake moved to Bundaberg 12 months ago and was training at the Bargara Bowls Club in the lead up to representing Australia in the vision-impaired mixed pairs in Birmingham.

The 2022 event was his second crack at the Commonwealth Games after taking home the gold in 2018 at the Gold Coast.

Local bowler Connie Rixon also played at the weekend with her mum and sister in the Women's Fours for Team Malta, placing 15th on the ladder.

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