Gold for Ely’s Falkner at Comonwealth Games

CITY of Ely bowler Ellen Falkner and team-mate Amy Monkhouse were on a high this week after they won a gold medal by beating Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in India.

CITY of Ely bowler Ellen Falkner and team-mate Amy Monkhouse were on a high this week after they won a gold medal by beating Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in India.

Falkner and Monkhouse, who have been friends since they were 17, claimed gold by 5-2 in a tie-break after taking the first set 12-6 and then losing the second 5-7 to Malaysian duo Nor Ismail and Zuraini Khalid.

Earlier in the evening they had come through an epic semi-final, defeating Australia 8-7 in the second set after drawing the first 10-10.

“To come out here, to play together as friends and to win is something else,” said Falkner, 31.

“In the second set it seemed to be a different game as the Malaysians came back into it, but we came through. I am over the moon.”

Monkhouse, a 31-year-old teacher from Grimsby, made history by becoming the first woman to earn the right to play against male opponents in the World Indoor Singles tournament in Norfolk.

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“I am over the moon too,” she said. “It’s hard to explain. Perhaps it was destiny after just pipping it in our quarter-final and then playing that huge match against Australia.”

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