A countdown and a klaxon preceded the beginning of the 20th Commonwealth games proper, as a healthy crowd offered warm applause as they prepared to take in the six matches that began, as scheduled, at 8,45am in a summer harr.
Scotland’s men’s triple team, lead by skip Darren Burnett, raced away from helpless opponents India who were eventually beaten 27-6. In the women’s fours, Scotland’s women had a tough contest against the Cook Islands before claiming a 16-11 win. The shock of the morning came in the women’s fours, with Norfolk Island scoring a memorable 17-13 win over South Africa.
The morning witnessed some shocks, though. In the women’s fours Zambia scored an emphatic 16-9 victory over a reeling Wales, while the tiny Norfolk Island beat a fancied South Africa 17-13. Meanwhile favourites Austria were run might close by Papua New Guinea before edging them out 12-10.