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Alexjc last won the day on June 28 2018

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  1. Stupidly...a new terminal at the then Stapleton International Airport.
  2. Considering the massive decade long controversy of Qatar 2022... It was actually a good tournament. I did love the upsets of some really big teams going home early. Full of surprises such as Morocco climbing up into fourth place. BUT cannot deny the dark undertones of a culture that is not as open minded to the world, and I hope this is a wake up call to that region. My score is a respectable 7.5 out of 10.
  3. Christchurch lost the opportunity to build a new "QEII multisport" complex years ago. The new swimming pool aquatic complex has been delayed into oblivion and may never be built. as you mentioned, there are now no FINA standard pool facilities left in NZ. A new facility is planned for Auckland but would need a push and govt support. Currently Auckland has a very conservative mayor who is all about cutting costs and reducing debt... He's not interested in providing sports stadiums. Such a shame as NZ Swimming is going through a rebirth after decades of stagnation in performances and results. There are, of course FINA standard 50m pools, just not the five star hotel expected facilities that have to go with them nowadays.
  4. ...Oh well...France it is. BUUUUUT....Morocco v Croatia.... Could get ugly....
  5. Spain shown the door by Morocco. 3 - 0 in penalty shootout. Unbelievable.
  6. Yeah...This looks like what it could become...But England is known to completely fk things up about now at a World Cup.
  7. So far at this point in time the only nations I can see in the Semi-finals at 2023 are: France England Australia Ireland If France makes it to the final...They'll win it.
  8. Russia '18 wasn't a disaster...It was pretty good. The "disaster" starts in a few hours time... That fan zone looks like a giant detention centre and got a feeling it's going to be a Fyre Festival 2.0!
  9. Portugal has knocked the United States out of the 2023 WC Finals...The first time that nation has qualified.
  10. Legacy is what it's all about. It's interesting you bring this up... A classic is Christchurch 1974 and the hosting of Pacific regional sports events that got really good coverage for about a decade after. It's still an iconic thing here in NZ...Yet Auckland has been totally forgotten as no attempt was made by that city to cash in on a legacy.
  11. ANY closing ceremony will always be better than that absolute shambles that was the 2018 event...It ruined what were a great Games.
  12. New Zealand's best ever GOLD medal haul at the CWGs and second only to Auckland in total medal haul. Fifth on the Gold table, Sixth overall. New Zealand always seems quite at home in England. A great effort from a post pandemic cobbled together depleted team with some surprising results from sports that were not expecting the larger haul they took. The stand out events clearly were the Cycling in all forms, Track and Field, Swimming and Squash. The barely get a mention sports threw up some surprises which allows them to gain access to funding. Great to see some "oh so close" moments from determined athletes as well...Beach Volleyball coming to mind, and great to see the girls say they'll wear what they like on the day after some Woke issues about the size of the "minimum" bikini requirements. During the day they flipped the bird to the complainers and wore the smallest they were allowed to, and evening sessions, tight leggings. The pandemic saw some sports have a "quiet" games, Weightlifting, Boxing, Judo, all at least getting some minor medals. Track and Field saw great results when it came to jumping/vaulting over bars (those long legged "Supermodels" in their barely there "underwear" clearly a reason why that section of the stadium was packed out), and biffing cannonballs. There were also frustrating disappointments, from the Team sports... Hockey, both teams, crashed out completely, Rugby Sevens, although Bronze in both, were expected to at least Silver. Cricket T20 were lucky to get Bronze. Bowls, were expecting more and disappointed at their haul. Triathlon, I'm gonna say it - the Mix Team would've medalled if it was not for one hanger-on athlete who is well past her use-by date and should be a coach. But redemption for the Netball in getting on the podium with Bronze, clearly showing just how much work is still needed now that Jamaica has come of age. As for the Host city...Thank you Birmingham for showing the way forward for a city hosting. I hope the mechanical Bull finds a home under cover as a keep-sake for stepping up and SAVING the games. Handing over to Victoria Region who will show another concept in hosting these minor albeit fun multisport events clearly has shown the way for New Zealand to finally step up and put in a serious bid for 2034.
  13. NZ beat England for the Bronze in a team sports double - Cricket and Netball! (I'm going to do my Team New Zealand report card at the end)
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