Scotland squash star Greg was going through his different half, who represents Australia, for the primary time in aggressive motion after they had been drawn towards one another in Birmingham.
Greg, 29, and teammate Lisa Aitken took the opening sport 11-9 earlier than Donna, 35, and her associate Cameron Pilley – who can be her cousin – took the second two video games 11-8, 11-8.
“Go and win it” was Greg Lobban’s message to his spouse Donna as they embraced after she prevailed of their highly-anticipated blended doubles conflict on the Commonwealth Video games.
“Gutted,” mentioned Greg. “It was a really shut sport and we got here up brief. I’m simply actually pleased with Lisa and the way she dealt with right this moment, she performed a very good sport and I’m pleased with her.
“It was actually powerful on the market however we had a sport plan going into it and I feel myself and Donna each anticipated it, we’re each opponents, that’s our occupation.
“It’s what we’ve been doing for a very long time so we knew how one can cut up that aside and I feel we did. We handled it like every other match and I feel we did. We might be pleased with our performances.
“I simply mentioned I used to be pleased with her and to go and win it now. I felt that was probably the very best groups on courtroom and I feel we acquired unfortunate with the draw, they most likely felt the identical.
“If I used to be to lose to 1 crew it could be them however I’m simply completely gutted for us that it’s on the quarter-final stage and never within the medal matches.”
The quarter-final assembly attracted enormous consideration within the build-up and lived as much as its billing as the 2 pairs traded factors all through in an exciting battle on the College of Birmingham.
After swapping the primary two video games, the decider went all the way down to the wire and with the scores locked at 8-8 Greg Lobban was left pissed off by a name because the Australian pair edged forward.
That lead proved decisive because the 2018 gold medallists held their nerve to prevail earlier than husband and spouse hugged it out on the courtroom – and Donna admitted to blended feelings after the match.
“I most likely tried not to consider it being my husband on the opposite aspect of the courtroom,” she mentioned. “I’m glad he was on the opposite aspect of the courtroom and never on my aspect.
“That might have been manner, manner worse. We simply tried to deal with it as professionally as attainable, prefer it was every other match as a lot as we are able to, and I feel we each did job of that.
“Individuals had been most likely looking for something to speak about so we weren’t given them an excessive amount of. He did whack me on the thigh however I’ll take that. I might need to place up with him being in a temper for some time but when I had misplaced then I might have been a horrible loser.”
There was a silver lining for Greg after his spouse made a wager with him that he must prepare dinner dinner for a month if he received, with Donna regretting she had not put extra at stake.