Last day of Commonwealth Games

I’ve been enjoying coverage of the Commonwealth Games – it’s a rare opportunity to watch sport at a high level in many things. I particularly like cycling and athletics, as well as a number of other sports – there’s been some very good squash and beach volleyball (men’s, I find the attire of some of the women gross and off putting).

As always there have been disappointments, like the netball – New Zealand squeaked through to the semi finals but got got thrashed by Australia last night. The Silver Ferns just aren’t a top team at the moment – and other countries have improved markedly.

Media unrealistic expectations have put the ‘commentators curse’ on some. Valerie Adams was always going to be a maybe making a comeback six months after having a baby. She threw a personal best well below her best of past years, but was pipped by a Jamaican who putted her best ever distance to win. Silver is still very good for Adams – she is 33 so may never reach her peak performance again.

Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney was also talked up too much. She was out tactic’d and out jumped by a Canadian who performed better on the night. Again, silver is still a good result, and this was a good lesson for McCartney in ignoring media hype.

Unexpected success is the best. After several draws in pool play and the semi final (won by penalty shoot out) the women’s hockey team beat Australia 4-1 in the final to take gold, a great result for them.

Too much is made of the medal table. Some expect New Zealand to better their last Games totals, but all countries are trying to do that, standards keep improving, so it is very competitive.

Coverage has been mixed. A lot of it is very good but TVNZ’s need to advertise a lot is annoying, and their choice of sports shown can be very annoying. More than once I have found that the final I want to watch with new Zealanders competing is either not being broadcast, or is only available streamed – and sometimes when I have tried to stream I haaven’t been able to without having a log in. Bloody annoying.

Stuff has had a good Live page for keeping track of coverage – far better than the awful TVNZ website. It’s not up yet for today but they have a summary of New Zealanders in action:

Rugby Sevens
1.21pm: Women’s semifinal (New Zealand v England)
1,43pm: Men’s semifinal (New Zealand v England)
3.55pm or 4.42pm: Women’s bronze or gold medal match
4.17pm or 5,05pm: Women’s bronze or gold medal match

Basketball 
11am: Men’s bronze medal match (Tall Blacks v Scotland)

Squash 
2pm: Women’s doubles final (Joelle King, Amanda Landers-Murphy v India)

Netball
1.02pm: Women’s bronze medal match (New Zealand v Jamaica)

16 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 15, 2018

    Last day of Commonwealth Games

    Allah be praised ! Will be able to watch 1ewes on the plus one channel again. 😕

    • phantom snowflake

       /  April 15, 2018

      Please can someone euthanize the last vestiges of the British Empire…

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 15, 2018

        It’s a relatively civilised legacy. Is that why it offends you?

        • phantom snowflake

           /  April 15, 2018

          Yes of course I’m an uneducated, uncultured, ill-bred philistine. Sure, the Great British Empire was only relatively involved in slavery and genocide.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 15, 2018

            Relatively carries quite a bit of weight when you consider the alternatives.

          • PDB

             /  April 15, 2018

            Snowflake: “was only relatively involved in slavery and genocide”

            Pre-European Maori were heavily involved in both these activities as well – do you suggest they be ‘euthanised’ as well?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 15, 2018

              What’s this? Reverse virtue signalling??

      • Gezza

         /  April 15, 2018

        Actually I don’t mind the Commonwealth Games. They give our athletes something to do in between Olympics and the Commonwealth includes many countries who’ve thrown off the yoke of rule by the British Empire and shown they can make as good or better or worse a job of it themselves. They’re still in the CW by choice.

        The Commonwealth Games give athletes an opportunity to rate and better themselves against a worthwhile selection of competitors.

        I just get fed up with it dominating the tv. It’s only games. As it is, 1ewes often seems to be mainly sports and weather with a few preceding or intervening magazine items, some of which are about sports or weather. I have no idea why it disrupts the plus one channel so much that 1ewes can’t be made available.

  2. duperez

     /  April 15, 2018

    I’m amazed by the effort of squash player Joelle King. Squash mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but the physical demands are obvious. King has competed on 11 consecutive days to win her two gold medals and a bronze. Not for her the ‘do your event then relax, be a tourist and a spectator at other sports you want to see.’ Well done to her.

    • Huge effort from King. I thought fatigue was a factor in losing the mixed doubles semi, but she came back today to beat the same Indian woman in the women’s final. A great gold to finish off with.

  3. Zedd

     /  April 15, 2018

    oh dear.. how sad;

    NZ beaten by Jamaica for bronze & Aust. beaten by England for gold in the netball finals !

    looks like the ‘tide is turning’ on their domination of Comm games (first time ever. it was not NZ V Aust. in Gold/silver playoff) 🙂

    • It’s a shame to see NZ so weak, but it’s good to see more strength in netball. The NZ loss looked on the cards, but that was a surprise gold for England. good on them.

      • Zedd

         /  April 15, 2018

        I just think its good to see other teams coming through, gets a bit boring watching the same outcome everytime.. hopefully the Silver Ferns will regroup & come back even stronger ?

        btw: The Hockey team did better (as per pic above) 🙂

  4. A big finish for NZ Sevens with both women and men winning gold, on top of the women’s squash gold.

  5. Gezza

     /  April 15, 2018

    We’re 10 minutes into 1ewes and they’re still banging on about The Games. :/
    Did anything else of any significance happen in NZ or the world today?