Commonwealth Games wrap up for UBC Thunderbirds athletes

Gordon Johnston

VANCOUVER – The Canadian men’s field hockey team, with 11 current or former UBC Thunderbirds on its roster of 16, lost 7-3 to South Africa to finish sixth at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday.


With the end of the men’s field hockey competition, all of UBC’s varsity representatives in Glasgow have concluded their participation at the Commonwealth Games.

The 7-3 scoreline may have flattered the South Africans, as they didn’t lead in the second half until the 57th minute when a tally broke a 3-3 tie, and began a four-goal outburst to end the game.

T-Bird players figured prominently on the score sheet for Canada. Current UBC player Taylor Curran of North Vancouver tied the game for the red and white in the 17th minute after South Africa opened the scoring 10 minutes prior. The two teams were tied 2-2 at halftime.

Another current T-Bird, Vancouver native Gordon Johnston, gave Canada the lead on a 37th-minute penalty corner.

Even with the loss, the Canadian team equaled its best finish at a Commonwealth competition. Canada also placed sixth at the 2006 games in Melbourne.

A total of 26 current, former and future Thunderbirds and one coach took part in the Commonwealth Games in men’s and women’s field hockey, swimming, track and field and rugby sevens.

Tera Van Beilen won a bronze medal in swimming as part of Canada’s 4×100-metre medley relay team. Alumnus Mike Mason also claimed a bronze medal for Canada. He was third in the men’s high jump.

The Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT.

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