Amy Conroy refuses to dwell on Commonwealth semi-final exit

Amy Conroy refuses to dwell on Commonwealth semi-final exit

Amy Conroy did not come to Birmingham for a bronze but the wheelchair basketball star knows she cannot dwell on England’s semi-final defeat to Australia.

The Norwich standout arrived at the Commonwealth Games with big ambitions, but hopes of a gold medal ended with an 8-6 defeat at Smithfield against the Australians.

That sets up a bronze medal match with Scotland and some of her GB teammates Jude Hamer and Robyn Love.

So it is more than just the bronze on the line.

"I'm going to give myself a little time, maybe a cheeky cry in the shower. We're playing our GB teammates tomorrow so it'll be for bragging rights. We need to pick ourselves up. It's not the game we wanted it to be but we're going to come out fighting tomorrow,” said Conroy, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.

“One of them said to one of our teammates I hope we can still be friends after this. Okay, bring it on then! I'm sure they were kidding.

“We'll regroup for tomorrow and we have to bring back a medal. We can't go into tomorrow still feeling this.”

England had finished second in their group behind Canada, setting up a tricky semi-final against the Australians.

The home side found themselves chasing the game early on, quickly trailing 5-2.

And while they finished stronger, they left themselves too much to do in a full-blooded encounter.

Conroy, who contributed three points and three rebounds, added: “It was feisty but that's good. We don't want to go easy on each other. They're an aggressive team and I respect that. Our momentum came a bit late.

“I don't blame the wind. We all have it. No excuses, they came out and played more shots than us.”

Scotland had earlier been beaten by Canada in the first semi-final, losing 12-5.

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