Whitewash victory to clinch gold
JULIE Pagel rode a wave of euphoria yesterday as the Australian Kookaburras tore apart host nation India in the men’s final of the Commonwealth Games.
After a one-sided final against a team armed with a clear home crowd advantage, Australia prevailed 8-0.
A proud Australian, Pagel had extra reason to celebrate the commanding gold medal performance – her nephew Matthew Swann played in the team.
Pagel was finishing up work when she spoke to The Gympie Times yesterday and said she didn’t want to miss a second of the game.
Joining Pagel in booking a place in front of the television were Swann’s grandparents Ernie and Nancy Mayfield.
“I will be there glued to the television set,” Pagel said, ahead of the match.
“I’m going to be nervous but hopefully it’s another gold medal to Australia.”
Pagel said she didn’t have any rituals when watching her nephew play his role in the midfield.
“I’m just going to ride the rollercoaster and hope for the best.
“I can’t describe how proud I am of his achievements.”
India shocked spectators at the Commonwealth Games to make it through to the final, but were no match for a red-hot Australian line up.
Australia gained control immediately and went to half time with a promising 4-0 lead.
The bloodshed continued in the second half in hot and humid conditions as Australia piled on another four goals.
Sensing the writing was on the wall, Indian fans fearing the pain of watching the final result began exiting the stadium is masses.
One cheeky online commentator compared the mass exodus blocking the exists with the state of the plumbing in the athletes’ village.
Pagel often misses out on watching her nephew with the majority of international hockey tournaments aired on subscription television.
“It’s a real treat,” she said of her plans ahead of settling into her armchair.
Swann is no stranger to representing Australia on the international stage, but competing in India was his first taste of the Commonwealth Games.
This year alone, Swann has experienced success helping Australia clinch the World Cup and Championship Trophy.
Pagel said her father, the late Harry Swann, a man who was heavily involved in Gympie Hockey, would have been proud of his grandson’s achievements.
Matthew was born in Gympie, but now resides in Perth where he is a member of the Australian Institute of Sport.
Goal scorers for Australia:
Jason Wilson (2), Luke Doerner (2), Chris Ciriello, Jamie Dwyer, Mark Orchard, and Glenn Turner.