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As the team gathers around Gold Coast for the CWGs, its time for a news and info here page.

At least a 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 8 Bronze minimum is expected.

All the best to our brave Sportswomen and Sportsmen as they battle it out in which what could be one of the last CWGs going.

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: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. 

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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

 

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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?

 

 

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10 hours ago, Alexjc said:


Already the Triathlon team has been told that all funding is now cut and the men's team still hasn't raced yet....

 

And then the mixed Triathlon team scores a Bronze...But came no where near Australia and England who are clearly powerhouses in this game.

Looking forward to Sophie Pascoe swimming for gold tonight.

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:) 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.

 

 

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:) 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.:);)

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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.

 

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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... 

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Sophie Pascoe picks up her second Gold in SB9 100m Breaststroke...

Holly Robinson picks up a Silver in F46 Javelin.

Paul Coll grabs a Silver in the Men's Squash final (bit of a bummer there as was and expected gold)

Tom Walsh now in competition for Shot Put but leading. 

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Redemption for the Kiwi Weightlifting program with David Liti lifting for Gold in the +105kg class - The BIG boys!!!:D

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:D Tom Walsh - Shot Put - Gold!

Tops out a busy Golden and Silver day 5 for NZ at the Gold Coast CWGs.

B) Gold - 8

:) Silver - 9

:) Bronze - 6

...All quiet on the bronze front with two needed to get to their minimum target. 

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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.

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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:

 

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Tasmyn Benny opens the medal count for today scoring a Bronze medal in the 45kg class boxing... Her bronze also takes that medal count to the minimum required. 

However NZ Netball continues to fall further with its loss to England. It is now relying in other results to qualify for the semis. It is seen as proof of the sport in NZ continuing to fade as young girls take up more lucrative sports such as Rugby, Football and Olympic events.

Ended up a quiet day, with the one Bronze added to the total. 

B) Gold - 9

:) Silver - 10

:) Bronze - 8

 

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:huh: Woo...Controversial day on the Mountain Bike track with a repeat of the 2014 race result...This time the other way round Sam Gaze taking Gold and Anton Cooper, Silver. BUT they are both being investigated for bad sportsmanship - towards each other with tensions spilling over at the final dash to the finish line with pushing and shoving between the two. It's no secret that these two have an intense rivalry...After further investigation it was decided to allow the results

Elsewhere... Men's Beach Volleyball, brothers Ben and Sam O'Dea,  Bronze.  Mens Bowls, B6/7/8 Triple, Mark Noble, Bruce Wakefield, Barry Wynks, Silver.

Day 8.

B) Gold - 10

:) Silver - 12

:) Bronze - 9

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After the successful penalty shoot out in the Women's Hockey Semi final...The Black Sticks have moved to the Gold final with...Australia.

There is still aftermath over the Mountain Bike race and it's getting coverage here in NZ. Really if you are competing then you go all out but sportsmanship should be maintained at all times.

 

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Day nine and Sam Gaze is reaping the aftermath for his "flipping the bird" actions at fellow compatriot Anton Cooper when his bike suffered a malfunction and Cooper failed to stop and see what was wrong.

And only made worse with a hollow apology on air in an interview that didn't go well.

He has been fine $250 for his unsportsmanlike like behaviour.

This is a growing problem with some athletes of the self absorbed Gen Y era. Gaze is from a privileged background and seems to have no sense of is situation.

He is hoping to redeem himself in the Road Race tomorrow.

...Meanwhile a Bronze in the Boxing from Troy Garton in the Women's 60kg class takes the bronze into double digits...But NZ's overall medal standing has fallen to sixth on the gold table and seventh overall.

See if we can go hard for the last two days.

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Two Silvers and two Bronzes bump the tally one past NZOC CWG Chef de Mission Rob Waddell's minimum medal expectations.

Slivers for Eliza McCartney, Pole Vault and Dame Val, Shot Put.

Bronzes for our Boxers Patrick Mailata, Mens+91kg class and popular favorite Alexis Pritchard, Womens+57kgs class. Good to see boxing returning to credibility with quality athletes all round the commonwealth.

Day 9 - yes nearly over, 

B) Gold - 10

:) Sliver - 14

:) Bronze - 12

The team sports finals will finish out the games as always, and NZ is in with a chance for a Gold, and at least Silver and Bronze. 

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:D GOLD!!! The one that really mattered!!!!! Women's Hockey v Australia. Final score 4 - 1.

:):) Every demon this team has been pushed down by has finally been released...

B)Congratulations Black Sticks Women!!!:wub: 

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...And another Gold. This time for David Nyika in the 91kg class Boxing. Great to see our Boxing program rewarded with a swag of medals and this gold just caps off the team's efforts nicely.:)

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Two more Bronze medals for the bag.

Squash mixed Doubles and Women's Basketball.

Two Silvers as well. Georgia Williams in Women's Road Cycling race and Men's Hockey.

Mix it in with the two Golds and you get a pretty good penultimate day.

Day 10 

B) Gold - 12

:) Silver - 16

:) Bronze - 14

Three away from equaling Glasgow 2014. And two away from equaling the Gold tally...It will be tight. We may just scrape home.

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:( 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.

 

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29 minutes ago, Alexjc said:

:( 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.

 

Looks like squash doubles will win gold too...

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:D 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.

 

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