King in two squash finals

13 October 2010

Joelle King was the New Zealand squash team’s special hero this evening The 21-year-old from Cambridge won back-to-back matches to help New Zealand through to the women’s doubles and mixed doubles finals. After her outstanding play in the singles, when she narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals, despite a seeding of only 12th, King was regarded as one of the form players in the New Zealand team. She has had to cope with a heavy workload in Delhi, never more so than today.

Silver Ferns into final

13 October 2010

New Zealand and Australia took different paths today to their final showdown in the Commonwealth Games netball tournament. The Silver Ferns looked the more impressive of the two favourites in the semi-finals, dealing comprehensively with Jamaica 59-43. By contrast, Australia were pushed all the way before edging ahead of England 51-45. New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken elected to start with the defensive pairing of Anna Scarlett and Casey Williams, perhaps hoping their height would negate the shooting prowess of rangy Jamaican kingpin Romelda Aiken.

Farquahar silver, Willis bronze

13 October 2010

Nick Willis lost his Commonwealth Games 1500m crown this evening when he finished third in a hard-fought final. Willis, New Zealand’s big-name middle-distance runner, won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was one of the glamour figures of the Delhi track and field meet. However he has just emerged from an injury-hit season and wasn’t sharp enough to match Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and James Magut in the final straight today. The New Zealander ran well tactically, hugging the pole line, but Kiplagat was too strong in the closing stages.

Sevens team strikes gold again

13 October 2010

New Zealand staged a stirring second-half fightback today to win their fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games sevens rugby gold medal. The New Zealanders, having trailed Australia 10-7 at halftime, won 24-17 amid joyous scenes of jubilation from their supporters. The atmosphere at the sevens was relaxed and party-like and the New Zealand team responded with a good display of fast-paced sevens rugby.

NZ men lose hockey semi-final

12 October 2010

New Zealand bowed out of Commonwealth Games gold medal contention in the men’s hockey when they were beaten 6-2 by the world’s No 1 team Australia in the semi-finals today. Though Delhi turned on another hot, steamy day, the two teams played fast-moving, attractive hockey, but the Australians always appeared to have an edge. They launched a match-defining assault in a six-minute spell just before halftime, scoring three quick-fire goals that meant New Zealand was playing catch-up throughout the second spell.

The nature of top sport

12 October 2010

Joseph Romanos writes... I did feel sorry for Beatrice Faumuina today. Faumuina finished a disappointing fifth in the women’s discus. If she’d been near her best, she’d have won a medal and if she could rewind the clock a few years to when she was hurling the discus 65 metres, she’d have sauntered off with the gold medal.

Cadbury auctions Comm Games bags

12 October 2010

Cadbury, in association with the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Federation, is auctioning off three unique souvenir 2010 Commonwealth Games bags to raise money for the Canterbury Earthquake relief fund. Cadbury New Zealand Managing Director, Matthew Oldham, says, “In July and August this year, we toured the country, inviting all of New Zealand to leave their messages of support for our Commonwealth Games team on giant billboards that were turned into bags for our athletes to carry with them in Delhi.

Second silver for Hamblin

12 October 2010

Nikki Hamblin completed a memorable Commonwealth Games by grabbing a hard-earned silver medal in the 800m today. Hamblin ran courageously to earn a silver medal in the 1500m a few days ago, and her effort today was just as brave. Indian Tintu Luka set a scorching pace and stretched out the field, but Hamblin stayed calm and hugged the pole line.

Ali Forsyth shining light in bowls

12 October 2010

Ali Forsyth has become the shining light in the New Zealand bowls team in Delhi. After three days of singles play, the Australia-based Forsyth is unbeaten. He faces a tough game first up tomorrow, against England, and then meets Cook Islands and Jersey. If he can win two of those matches, he will advance top of his pool and so go straight into the semi-finals, instead of having to go through a play-off. Forsyth, 30, is in excellent touch and looking assured.

Beatrice fifth in discus

12 October 2010

Former double Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Faumuina was below her best in the discus and finished in fifth place in Delhi today. Her best throw of 57.79m was more than three metres below her season’s best. Faumuina’s sequence of throws was 56.15m, no throw, 55.31m, 57.79m, no throw, 54.83m. The 1997 world champion, Faumuina is at her fifth Commonwealth Games. The discus resulted in a clean sweep for India, much to the delight of a biggish crowd. Krishna Poonia won with 61.51m from Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil.

Hurdles bronze for Andrea Miller

12 October 2010

Andrea Miller won a rare Commonwealth Games hurdles medal for New Zealand in Delhi today. Miller, 28, steamed home to grab the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles, a race won by her training companion and good friend Sally Pearson of Australia. After injuries during the season, Miller was short of races on arriving in Delhi, but has hit very good form. She ran impressively in qualifying and her time today, 13.25s, was her season’s best. The Gold Coast-based athlete said she had a sneaking suspicion she might finish third or fourth today.

Shooters seventh

11 October 2010

Sally Johnston of Lower Hutt and Aucklander Juliet Etherington slipped from third overnight to finish seventh in the Commonwealth Games women’s prone pairs competition today. The New Zealand shooters totalled 1155 from a possible 1200. Scotland won the gold medal with 1169, on a countback from England.