Commonwealth Games coverage

I’m enjoying the Commonwealth Games (apart from the netball but I’m not a great fan of that anyway). There is plenty of sport to choose from, and we get a rare chance to watch sports that aren’t usually covered.

The Gold Coast 2018 website is good, it’s easy to find the sports scheduled and they usually have up to date progress and results.

TVNZ has the television rights here. It is a bit disjointed, with coverage on channel 1 on both Freeview, but then it gets complicated.

You can watch it on Sky on channel 1 (TV1), 23 (Duke) and 59 (TVNZ extra).

And on Freeview satellite it’s 1 (TV1), 13 (Duke), and 14 (Games extra).

The TVNZ website has it all linked, including streaming channels : Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Like the 1 News website it isn’t a great experience but does the job.

So far the track cycling has been excellent. There have been smatterings of other New Zealand involvement as well, like netball and hockey. I found the end of the women’s bowls singles streamed last night, that was a good finish.

I watched quite a bit of the men’s 20 km walk yesterday, they look so unnatural. Following that was the women’s walk, for some reason they don’t look as bad – and the finish of that race was quite moving – I get a bit excited at sport at times but rarely get emotional (watching Eliza McCartney was a rare exception at Rio in 2016).

Kiwi Alana Barber started the walking race vying for the lead with an Aussie, and then two other Aussies got involved. One Aussie dropped off, but the other two were too strong for Barber and put a sizeable lead on her. They kept swapping the lead until one started to pull ahead with 2-3 km to go – and then got her third red car and was eliminated. She was obviously distraught. Her country woman went on to win the gold.

Barber hung on to be a clear second – and it was joyful to see her happiness to cross the line for a silver. The gold winning Aussie, the disqualified Aussie and Barber all shared emotional hugs, it was quite moving, and the same when a Welsh woman came in third.

TVNZ are generally doing a reasonable job with their coverage, but a negative is their frequent overstatements. New Zealand has not had rushes of medals or medals raining on us, we’ve been getting a few but it’s nowhere as dramatic as some of them make out.

There’s a lot more to go through Sunday. The next few days will be crap weather so a good opportunity to make the most of it all.

Some of it goes a bit late, but generally the two hour time difference works out quite well.


  1. duperez

     /  April 9, 2018

    I think it’s really great when a New Zealand lawn bowler is playing a gold medal match and it’s not on TV because of the vital coverage of the Mauritius v Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Underwater Left-handed Marbles play-off for 23rd and 24th.

    • PDB

       /  April 9, 2018

      And to think I thought you were in the camp of the state providing better services than private enterprise…fascinating.

  2. Gezza

     /  April 9, 2018

    I think it’s fantastic when it’s over.

    • PDB

       /  April 9, 2018

      Have to agree – should have been binned as a last century thing. Being first out of a bunch of fairly random countries, many with little in common today is hardly anything to get excited about.