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  1. Been there done that for the 2006 proposal...It was going to be a regional games but facilities acceptable then are not now. Wellington doesn't have an indoor velodrome. The original idea was to have Track cycling in Whanganui on it's then new outdoor circuit. There were plans to put a roof on it but have stalled since the National Track Cycling centre was built near Hamilton. There are only two covered velodromes in NZ, the other is at Invercargill. Also Wellington is deeply in debt and couldn't cope with the expense. Weather wise it can be very fickle even in high Summer which is February. As for Westpac Stadium, it is due for a massive refurbishment soon and could loose it's Oval shape as NZ Cricket now prefers to use it's much loved and popular Basin Reserve Oval, which is getting a massive upgrade with light towers. There is also no room for a practice track.
  2. Host nations get to load events to favour home advantage...There were 150 events in the pool as an example for Gold Coast. Get smart England - do the same!
  3. Welcome back - straight to the point - and nailed it!!!!
  4. Hamilton is a linchpin to the hosting. It will have to carry at least the Sevens and some Cricket...Simply a waste of money not to...and naturally Hamilton will have to carry surplus accommodation for Cambridge and Karapiro. Tauranga would also have to host the cricket as well as the Volleyball. I can see "neutral" branding for the CWGs. Something like "23rd CWGs" and then "[insert venue city name here]" a la RWC. Auckland would still host Opening and Closing...I did notice Eden Park being avoided unless for the cricket. It cant be used for anything else...It would require expensive modifications and the demolition of the West stand to plonk a temporary track down both in it and on ground B for practice. They cannot build a new stadium in time. Mt Smart is now a dump. So we are looking at North Habour...
  5. Okay, he will always be remember for playing pretty much himself as alter ego Gunnery Sargent Hartman the the Kubrick classic, Full Metal Jacket. In his audition he swore his famous biting soul destroying insults for an hour straight without repeating himself...Stanley Kubrick even had to ask him what a "reach around" was... So lets have a memorial to all the classic insults he uttered in the move before Mods steps in: "All you twinkle toed communist maggots" - fire away.
  6. This is THE memory of my first Olympics in 1984 (too young to remember the ones before in my time)...Be gentle! and those stands better be gone from the arch gate way by 2028.
  7. It didn't take long... https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102994169/what-would-a-new-zealand-hosted-commonwealth-games-look-like-in-2026-or-beyond
  8. And here we go New Zealand. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102994169/what-would-a-new-zealand-hosted-commonwealth-games-look-like-in-2026-or-beyond
  9. It can take up to ten years to go from and idea to reality. Track back to "Jim Jones'" GC 2018 Bid thread which began back in 2009 to get an idea of what the logistics involves. I doubt if there will be a bid from Australia for 2026 simply because no city has truly got serious, not even Adelaide. Perth has shown interest but not until 2030 which could have a log jam bid war due to it's significance. Oh and here's the first credible hint from New Zealand. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102994169/what-would-a-new-zealand-hosted-commonwealth-games-look-like-in-2026-or-beyond
  10. And now to give out the School Report Cards.... Athletics Track and Field - Golds...Silvers...Bronze!!!! A really good swag bag. Really good at chucking or slinging cannon balls, leaping over hypothetical walls on the end of a pole, throwing spears, and walking long distances. Also some oh so close results. Athletics has returned to the front again. A+ Basketball - Still a growing sport in NZ and both teams came within striking distance for finals but had to settle on Bronzes each. A good future. B+ Beach Volleyball - Fun in the sun and still a sport growing here...a Bronze to go with the bronze bodies - interesting that the clothing requirements for the women is little more that the tiniest bikinis that just ask for malfunctions yet...Men's just show up in Boardies and t-shirts. Still one of the Fun spectator sports like the sevens. A Boxing - A wonderful effort for a team that shied away from the limelight...Yet has done so much to bring back credibility to a once maligned Sport. All can hold their heads high with a clutch of medals including a popular Gold to cap off Boxing NZs efforts. A+ Cycling Track - Keeping this separate as I believe this was one of the sports that got pointed at after a slide back since Glasgow and bottoming out at the World Champs in March. The team knew it and pulled out their best efforts - and came away with a good solid bag of Medals of all colours. Still plenty to work on but a turn around very much noticed A Cycling Mountain - Ok a Gold and Silver in the Mountain Biking BUT forever tarnished by petty bad sportsmanship and ruining the moment. Grow up Gen Y. D Cycling Road - Mixed results here, a couple of medals but a spectacular mis-communication in the last 500m of the mens race cost all medal chances - and there has been ructions in the group. Because of the medals...B- Gymnastics - A good showing but no medals as promised. C Hockey - Finally...Redemption for the Women, Gold at long last, and a battle for the men to the final and to hold back a monster for a credible Silver result. Well Done! A+ Lawn Bowls - Expected to at least Gold in two events...yet only minor medalled. Glory days past them now C+ Netball - ...I think we can attribute the total collapse of this once held high with pride sport to a long decline at admin level going back to even before Glasgow 2014. There is clearly a huge split in Netball NZ at head office. And it has made it to team level with spectacular fails including falling to new powerhouses Malawi and Jamaica. I'm not even going to begin to fathom what is going to happen to Netball now. Girls leaving in droves to other sports are now starting to eat away at the old greyheads running netball in NZ. F Rugby Sevens - Double barreled Gold blast returning New Zealand to the top of the Commonwealth and redeeming the code after disappointments of Rio 16...what else but A+ Shooting - Failed...Simple. Went in expecting to medal as they have always since 1990. Nothing. D Squash - I don't think even they were expecting more than one medal...They nearly cleaned the place out!!! A Swimming - Sophie Pascoe - She is her own brand. A+ Swimming - Everything else - One bronze medal...a glimmer of hope C+ Triathlon - The Mixed Fours redeemed what is still a failed sport - made worse that NZ help invent it. It's time for our much loved Andrea Hewitt to bow out and become a super coach. It's time to unleash those monsters that are growing in our high schools...yet another sport with a glimmer of hope C- Weightlifting - David Litti - I have to separate him from the rest. What an example of modest and humble sportsmanship - and rewarded accordingly...here as well. A+ Weightlifting - Bruised egos, Marital spats, on air outbursts...and the most controversial weightlifter in the world at the moment competing...yet she was the one who had the most dignity out of the rest after her horrific injury. Nothing to be proud of after promising alot...D- Wrestling - Simply outclassed on the mat...But not without trying and some oh so close moments. C Host City Gold Coast - One of the best CWGs held and only ruined by that shambolic Closing Ceremony. But not taking away for proving the concept is still alive. A And finally: TVNZ - Coverage and reporting was just deplorable. Three channels and yet no co-ordination causing finals to be missed. Smother advertising ruining the flow of both Opening and Closing Ceremonies and live broadcasts missing important moments. And then came the totally inappropriate lines of questions to athletes who were coming down from a high either winning of losing. This culminated in a downright cruel attack on the embattled Silver Ferns captain by former Silver Fern player and now sportscaster Jenny May Clarkson (nee Coffin). Social media has constantly been going off on this and the broadcaster's coverage of the CWGs. The general consensus was they should've provided some Pay Per View channels - they have the capability, and have proved it by swiping the 2019 RWC off Sky TV. F There we are
  11. Adelaide sticks out as the next host. The problem with the games are that nations want to attend but are reluctant to host... (pointing at NZ and Singapore). Australia does make a great host simply because they know how to handle large multi events well. It would be nice if Aussie can skip a cycle but really there is every chance we will be back in 2026 or even 2030. Especially if a future Brisbane 32 Olympics bid fails...and NZ still throws a hospital pass.
  12. The Opening Ceremony...Too long and didn't overly get the party started. C The Actual Commonwealth Games...Excellent. A The host broadcast rights holder, some unknown til now USA based provider. (not Channel 7)...D...and boy are they starting to cop it from the NZ and Australian early Breakfast shows the morning after. The Closing Ceremony...D...What a shambles, and where were the Athletes???? So much for the great beach party that was originally planned. The Gold Coast leading the way for the "Regional cities hosting" concept...A winner, but you need to be an outstanding place.A Australia overall as a host...Really, should just alternate the games between them and UK...and only because you need eight years to prepare a host region...Adelaide, your next.A Finally: New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games...Thanks for the memories, good, bad, and outstanding! Credibility for some sports that had the finger pointed at them redeeming themselves. Some did disappoint, and others simply smashed it out of the park they were playing in. For a little country, 46 medals evenly matched with one extra silver, oh and the Good Sportsmanship award in there too, Bloody Brilliant!!!A Thanks Australia!A
  13. And one last award: Weightlifter David Litti has won the CWGs Good Sportsmanship Award. Totally deserved!!! GOLD - 15 SLIVER - 16 BRONZE - 15 Sportsmanship - 1
  14. Yeap...Totally got it wrong!!! But TVNZ's coverage was terrible.
  15. Thinking the same and it's great to see some rejuvenation in teams and disciplines that were having fingers pointed at them. However we only bettered Glasgow by One medal, and it was a Gold. So happy for the Hockey Women's Team...Redemption at long last and the Men's team holding back Australia to a respectable 2-0 loss and Silver. But seeing the NZ Sevens storm back to the top so fanatically just proves it was right to pull the A teams off the global Sevens circuit for the fortnight. Next year's Hamilton Sevens will have the women's teams play as well. However the were some fails...Netball will now have to go into a deep introspective inquiry... You can see there are very huge fractures in the organization and it seems to centre around the coaching structure. It's also losing popularity as young girls move toward more lucrative and action packed sports which really gave themselves some free positive advertising during the games. Basketball, Hockey, Sevens, Boxing and Track and Field. Gold Coast itself proved to be the best Games Host so far...It's the best I've seen...knocking off Manchester 2002 as my favourite. It also proves that up and coming regional centres can use the Games as a catalyst for infrastructure growth.
  16. New Zealand finishes the Commonwealth Games reaffirming it's dominance in Rugby Sevens - Double Gold...Men's and Women's. The Women doing it tough against Australia with a cliffhanger extra time try... While the Men's totally dominated Fiji who fell apart with some really dirty play and punished for it. Well done both teams. Final New Zealand Medal Standings: GOLD - 15 SILVER - 16 BRONZE - 15 Scraping past Glasgow 2014 in medal count and Gold count... Fifth place on the medal standings overall.
  17. Easily the most Successful Commonwealth Games so far, Gold Coast has paved the way for the new era of hosting. Clearly the regional cities and districts are a great catalyst for the continuation of the Games. So where now for Australia? There are so many regional and secondary cities that can now feel confident in studying a hosting option. Gold Coast proved that it can be a tool for growth with no need to interrupt what are now jammed up and bloated mega cities. Gold Coast now have excellent venues that will continue to develop as this region grows into an even bigger city that can join forces with Brisbane and Sunshine Coast to the north as a potential Olympic host in 2032. Australia has options...who's next? (Footnote: This page was set up after the last event and before the Closing Ceremony...)
  18. Err...NBC can go **** themselves. Terrestrial TV will be long gone as a viable concern by then. Amazon, Google and all the other online broadcasting providers will be owning the Olympics by this time. Queensland should go after a World Track and Field Champs and dare I say it...Another Commonwealth Games, this time Sunshine Coast or even further up north such as Cairns for the interim.
  19. UNF***ING BELIEVABLE!!!!! England are Netball Commonwealth Games Champions!!!! 52 - 51 in a no seconds Cliffhanger!!! The stadium is just stunned!!!
  20. I spoke too soon...GOLD Women's Doubles Squash - Totally forgot they were playing!!!! Pushed us into fifth place on the table but South Africa can easily knock us back. No way of going higher, Canada has too many medals to jump past even if we win both Sevens titles. The epic fail of the Netballers will see heads roll in what is fast becoming a secondary sport in NZ.
  21. The Last Day. Basketball Men's have scored their Bronze as a minor consolation for their cliffhanger game against Canada last night that denied them a final spot with Australia. Not much left now to score medals. Need two Golds to match Glasgow on both gold and medals totals. That means it all leans on the Sevens.
  22. Or Canada could host the next games after in 2026?...This idea of 2030 being a compulsory hosting, don't be surprised if those games are swamped with bids...Especially from Australia.
  23. Home nations merged Medal total isn't all that bad. Actually equals Australia who have had home advantage...Remember who has home advantage in 22.
  24. Canada's team is no larger than New Zealand's...Would've thought you would have at least 350. But you do notice India finally making the effort to be taken seriously. I suppose having a successful Winter sports team could be a factor. I do have to admit Canada has faded from the Commonwealth Games since 1994 and the shock for Australia swiping 80% of everything, and then constant aborted attempts at finding a host city all the while taking on political pushers who gun for Olympic hosting glory - and end up swiping funding when successful. Don't be too hard on yourselves.
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