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  1. 5 minutes ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

    Handy for an invasion of the Islas Malvinas ...

    You figured it out? :huh:

    I seriously doubt Argentina would try it now - there's a Sub armed with Tomahawks hanging around the region ready to rain hell down on Buenos Aries within hours.  Oh how Thatcher wished she'd had that option...So she made sure the future could.

  2. Canada seems to be bouncing around  the 4, 5, 6 position with NZ and South Africa as the table bases itself on Golds, but is really is already in 3rd in medal totals, bumping off India who lead the battle for "bronze" position thanks to its 10 golds for now. 

    I'm predicting Canada should pick up another handful of Gold to cement its position in third by the end of the games.

  3. Day 6 was "quiet" day. Just one medal each:

    Gold, Julia Ratcliffe - Hammer Throw

    Silver, Linda Villumsen - Cycling Road Time Trial

    Bronze, Hamish Bond - Cycling Road Time Trial

    Table so far - 

    B) Gold - 9

    :) Silver - 10

    :) Bronze - 7

    Still plenty of medals to be had for NZ - But you can clearly see the massive gulf on the medal table. NZ is positioned 4th on the table but will have to keep winning a gold a day to maintain it. South Africa is only in 5th because NZ have more silvers and Canada 1 less gold yet they have 21 silvers and 15 bronze...:wacko:

     

  4. 12 hours ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

    As from 2016, we have a new possible hosting contender:

    http://sthelenaairport.com

    Building this airport was impressive in it's own right. As you can see, they had to bridge a deep gully to get the length thanks to RESA requirements. The runway was going to be shorter. UK managed to find extra funds to extend it via MoD budget. It can now handle pax restricted B737-900/A320neo types. 

  5. The day after...And reality sets in - We probably wont see a day like that for the rest of the games. As it did last time - Day 5 is like "flush" and the tin starts to dry up until the last couple of days where there is a mad rush.

    Still some exciting prospects - Hockey, Basketball, Road Cycling, Sevens (women), and Track and Field still to go. 

    NZOC...The main sports body that controls the CWGs have admitted that to grow the medal table, we need to attack the minor sports as much as the glamour events.

  6. First medal of what has been a weird day...But it's a Gold to Joelle King in Women's Squash!

    Weightlifting continues to bomb with controversial transgender Laural Hubbard blowing out an elbow on her third lift...one the way to what would've been a gold.

    There is still hope in David Leti in the heavy weight division.

    Now we wait for Tom Walsh... 

  7. A day of medals for NZ.

    Following the Women's 20km Walk's Silver...

    Gold for Singles Women's Bowls Commonwealth champ, Jo Edwards...Maintaining her rank from 2014. (reaching NZ's Gold minimum total)

    While the Track Cycling finish it's program with Silver for Eddie Dawkins in the 1km time trial, Silver for Campbell Stewart in the 40km Points race and Bronze for Natasha Hansen in the Track Cycling Keirin.  Cycling clearly rebuilding after a bumpy two years since Rio but now on the other side heading for Tokyo.

    There have been some fails:

    Netball bombed with a shock loss to Malawi 57 - 53. They have failed to ignite and must beat Scotland and England to qualify for the semis. While the Weightlifting is bracing themselves for the arrival of Transgender, Lauren Hubbard. There has been a noticeable amount of tension in the Weightlifting team during these games...not just over the Hubbard issue, but within the team. Current CWGs 85kg champ Richie Patterson failed to lift any of his qualifying weights while Pip Patterson, wife of Richie clearly showed signs of tension with an F-bomb to the TV camera during her lifting program. So far all the weightlifters have failed to medal.

    At end of day four:

    B) Gold - 4

    :) Silver - 7

    :) Bronze - 6

    Tom Walsh heads out tonight (day five) to throw for Gold in the Shot Put. While Sophie Pascoe jumps into the pool another potential Gold winning race.

     

  8. :D Loving the "Look" of the Gold Coast games...

    It really is an outstanding venue...Probably a little too into Autumn thanks to the Winter Olympics. Would have been great in March.

    Still The GC is the GC and proves that the Regional Concept works for keeping costs low (compared to other OTT spend ups).

    Something I did notice are the continued to be full stadiums and venues...Ok it's the weekend but this has continued the theme of the locals really embracing the Games. A theme that has kept going since 2002. 

    I can remember the last time NZ hosted them in 1990 and seeing a near empty stadium and apathy from Kiwis. I would think that attitudes have changed in 28 years...I wonder if a regional games can be had here in NZ? Who knows?

     

     

  9. :) A random Silver in the Women's 20km Walk to Alana Barber! Already in the Bronze position until that curse of all walkers, disqualification for the Australian in front of her almost at the finish line. (Our predicted Silver minimum now passed)

    We'll take it!...Still more to come tonight.

    Oh and it's great the "real" games have begun - Track and Field.:);)

  10. :) Day three ends in Gold for NZ with two expected medallers providing glory.

    Sophie Pascoe easily winning the Women's Para 4 x 200m Swim and Sam Webster wining the Men's Cycling Sprint.

    A Silver in the Men's 15km Scratch Race for Campbell Stewart and a Bronze for Emma Cumming for the 500m Time Trial.

    Track Cycling redeeming itself after a bumpy four years of mixed results and clearly showing the way forward for Tokyo 2020. 

    Day Three improves the medal table:

    B) Gold - 3

    :) Silver - 4

    :) Bronze - 5

    Silver already reaching the minimum target and gold just one away from theirs.

    Team sports doing well, although the Bowls have failed again. 

    Stand by for Day 4.

     

     

  11. Day two has good but not great results on the cycling track, 1 silver and two bronzes and a surprise bronze in the pool. Weightlifting very disappointing and some TV clips showing a fractured team is concerning. All the team sports are doing great in their heats, but Netball very shaky.  Boxing is showing promise and the Men's Gymnastics Team event is looking good for a medal.
    Already the Triathlon team has been told that all funding is now cut and the men's team still hasn't raced yet. 

    Medal table not moving much...Stagnating in eighth position on the table with Australia now well past England in first.

    B) Gold - 1

    :) Silver - 3

    :) Bronze - 3 

    What will day three bring?

     

     

  12. 11 hours ago, Alexjc said:

    :angry: Oh what a great start....Destroyed in the Women's Triathalon (not that we had any chance) and NOW just disqualified from the Bronze Final in the Cycling 4s Relay against Canada later tonight...One of the bikes had incorrect equipment - Another curse on our generously funded Track Team. 

    :)At least the Women's Cycling 4s are guaranteed a Silver tonight as they race against Australia in the gold final. 

    :D Redemption on the cycling track...Men's Sprint Gold...Plus Silver in Women's Pursuit and Women's Sprint.

    Finishing what has been a reasonably good but filled with nerves Day 1 for NZ.

    Medal Total:

    B) Gold - 1

    :) Silver - 2

    :) Bronze - 0

     

  13. :angry: Oh what a great start....Destroyed in the Women's Triathalon (not that we had any chance) and NOW just disqualified from the Bronze Final in the Cycling 4s Relay against Canada later tonight...One of the bikes had incorrect equipment - Another curse on our generously funded Track Team. 

    :)At least the Women's Cycling 4s are guaranteed a Silver tonight as they race against Australia in the gold final. 

  14. On 4/3/2018 at 12:48 AM, yoshi said:

    Given how NZ's previous hostings are generally considered among the best ones, & Glasgow showed you don't have to break the bank Delhi-style to host well, why are you so strongly opposed to NZ hosting again? Were you against the hosting of the Rugby WC in 2011 or is it just the multi-sport events that you don't think NZ should touch?

    Rugby World Cup was a Nationwide event and the nation was happy to pay for it...Just as it is willing to do for the up coming Womens FIFA WC bid.

    The CWGs were hosted in the 10 core sports era, not the mega games era it is now. The expectation to provide Olympic sized facilities weren't there. And with that , the cost. Athletes were happy to live in university hostel like facilities. I can remember the 1990 dining hall being an enormous canvas hanger like structure. Today you can see what an amazing venue the Gold Coast has provided. but at a price.  It's also seen as what could be the future...Australia and UK swapping the games back and forth. There is every chance the 2026 games will be back in Australia if Malaysia doesn't want them. You can pretty much count South Africa out forever. 

    2030 could see a very strong and forceful bid from Canada. 

    In the unlikely event NZ does bid, Auckland would be the only serious candidate and there is a stigma attached to that. The rest of the country can't stand Auckland, and with good reason...It has driven the cost of living up, and put strain on the government coffers as infrastructure building keeps falling behind.

     

  15. On 3/30/2018 at 10:12 AM, Alexjc said:

    New Zealand has looked into the CWGs over and over again and no doubt this will come up over the next two weeks.

    The conclusion will be the same...It's not worth the $1billion needed to host it.

    See...the stupid begins already...:wacko:

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/sports-minister-to-check-out-whats-involved-in-hosting-games/ar-AAvmHsu?OCID=CALHeader 

    And this current money wasting "we can save the world" full of s*** Govt will be dumb enough to waste $20 million in studies to have admit to something we already knew - pointless to host anymore. :angry:

  16. 1 hour ago, yoshi said:

    That much? Sure Glasgow didn't spend anywhere near that (I accept exchange rates might be a bit odd though). Was watching the test match the other day & wondered if you could plonk an athletics track in Eden Park with a platform - like Glasgow did. 

    Eden Park now has a "No Build - No Modification" caviet on it now...It only has twenty years of life in it. Irony is the Gold Coast CWGs were Auckland's for the taking. GC was going to pull out if Auckland firmed up it's bid, but just couldn't convince local and Central governments on venues - North Habour Stadium was going to have the track placed on it. Eden Park would've hosted Opening and Closings as well as the Sevens.

    Also, the lean is towards Christchurch hosting - if ever - the games.

  17. 13 hours ago, thatsnotmypuppy said:

    I'm legit expecting Australia will step in for 2026.  There will be a groundswell of CG support while the Gold Coast clusterfuck is on and we'll see Perth or Adelaide put their hand up.  Realistically we'll get them unless Kuala Lumpur puts in a bid.  The UK is out, NZ refuses to spend big bucks on anything bar rugby events, Singapore doesn't seem interested at all.  South Africa is a big no - and I doubt Nigeria/Sri Lanka/India will put in another bid anytime soon.

    New Zealand has looked into the CWGs over and over again and no doubt this will come up over the next two weeks.

    The conclusion will be the same...It's not worth the $1billion needed to host it.

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