This article titled “Commonwealth Games 2018 day 11: basketball, netball and sevens – as it happened” was written by Jonathan Howcroft, for theguardian.com on Sunday 15th April 2018 11.39 Asia/Kolkata
There we have it. What a day. What a Commonwealth Games.
It was a day that began Australia’s with marathon success, but the men’s race was marred by the collapse of Scotland’s Callum Hawkins. Further home gold arrived in the basketball arena but there was a boil-over on the netball court where England stunned the Diamonds in one of the most thrilling climaxes of the past 11 days of competition.
To nobody’s surprise Australia finish miles ahead on the medal table with almost twice the number of golds as second-placed England and three-times the total medals as third-placed India.
All that’s left is for the closing ceremony and the handover to Birmingham.
Rugby Sevens – men’s
The final gold of Gold Coast 2018 goes to New Zealand, the men’s rugby sevens champions, victors 14-0 over Fiji.
Fiji have improved considerably in the second half but they’re yet to make a dint in New Zealand’s 14 point lead with four minutes left to play.
New Zealand 14-0 at half-time. Fiji have their work cut out in the second half.
Fiji’s day isn’t getting better. Sevuloni Mocenecagi receives a yellow card for a dangerous no-handed tackle. They’ll feel fortunate not to be 19-0 down though with Regan Ware knocking on sloppily in the process of grounding the ball after overlapping down the left wing.
Make that 14-0 to New Zealand. Regan Ware this time slaloming his way through the Fijian defence to extend his side’s lead.
The first try in the men’s rugby sevens final doesn’t take long to arrive. Etene Nanai-Seturo crosses before Fiji have even touched the ball. Early 7-0 lead to New Zealand.
Just one more gold meal up for grabs and it’s New Zealand vs. Fiji in the final of the men’s rugby sevens.
Rugby Sevens – women’s
New Zealand are the inaugural women’s rugby sevens Commonwealth Games gold medalists. Into time added on at the end of the first period of extra time Kelly Brazier finally broke the Australian defensive wall and sprinted 70 metres to secure the nail-biting victory.
Extra-time in the women’s rugby sevens gold medal match with the scores locked at 12-12. Both teams look knackered.
Australia score again! Ellia Green capitalising on a New Zealand mistake, sprinting around the right wing to cross and level the scores. The conversion is wide, leaving the match 12-12 with under a minute remaining.
Emilee Cherry crosses with 2.45 minutes remaining to hand Australia a lifeline in their rugby sevens final with New Zealand. The conversation is made, reducing the deficit to 12-7.
A second try for New Zealand on the stroke of half-time, Michaela Blyde this time, and it’s converted, to give Australia a 12-point mountain to climb after the break.
Badminton – men’s doubles
The final badminton gold medal of the Games goes England’s way with Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge defeating Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and Satwik Rankireddy of India.
First blood for New Zealand in the women’s rugby sevens gold medal match. A piece of individual brilliance from Portia Woodman sends the Kiwis into a 5-0 lead as we near half-time.
The netball final really has captured the imagination. It should be a fun day ahead for folks waking up in England.
England’s men have matched their female counterparts by claiming rugby sevens bronze. After trailing 14-0 at half-time they rallied to sneak a late 21-14 victory.
The two gold medal matches are up next.
England coach Tracey Neville is understandably thrilled. “It’s my dream come true. We have worked so hard over the last international phase, we’ve been put in here against the world number ones and we’ve not beaten them once in the whole cycle that I’ve been in. I’m just really proud,” she told the BBC.
“I think, for us, we’ve just been trying to get consistent and to consistently beat these teams. We’ve been showing charisma during the international calendar but this feeling is just amazing.”
Could this be the start of the Neville Supremacy? Tracey’s success with England’s netballers now sets the scene for brother Phil to make history with the women’s football team at next year’s World Cup. Dad Neville Neville must be smiling to himself somewhere thinking about a job well done.
A long day of rugby sevens has reached its business end. The first medal goes to England who collect bronze in the women’s event, holding off Canada 24-19.
If it wasn’t 5.30am Sunday morning, that would be the moment of the Games for England. Extraordinary finish to a pulsating contest.
England win! Incredible scenes. What an upset.
The final minute was chaotic with Australia securing a vital turnover to equalise with 20 seconds remaining. England then missed two shots with time running down before a penalty was called with no seconds left on the clock and Helen Housby did the rest. 52-51, delirium for England, heartbreak for Australia. That one will sting for the Diamonds.
And Wood misses! Geva Mentor has been outstanding all match, and she could have just made the decisive play in this final.
England still lead by one in the netball with under two minutes left.
England hit the front in the netball with three minutes remaining! Nail-biting stuff.
Australia’s lead in the netball final grew to as much as four goals during this final quarter but England have fought back to level the scores with four minutes to go. The atmosphere is raucous at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
Australia have maintained their two-point lead in the netball final with just under ten minutes left to play. Steph Wood has been instrumental, shooting 9/10 since coming on after half-time.
Squash – men’s doubles
England’s second game comeback only delayed the inevitable with Australia storming back in the third to secure gold. Remarkably, Palmer has now won a medal at every Commonwealth Games since 2006
This netball final is living up to the hype. After England raced out of the half-time blocks and into a three-goal lead Australia looked all over the place, but the Diamonds have somehow clawed their way back and head into three-quarter time 38-36 to the good.
I’m watching the Australian feed and the mood is somewhat different. They’re not used to seeing the Diamonds as rattled as they are right now. Huge upset opportunity for England.
The men’s doubles gold medal match in squash is going to a deciding game after Adrian Waller and Daryl Selby won the second game to level their final against Australia’s Zac Alexander and David Palmer.
Badminton – women’s doubles
Gold for Malaysia! Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo have smashed England’s Sarah Walker and Lauren Smith to win the women’s doubles badminton gold.
This netball final is a belter. England have nipped into a two-goal lead early in the third quarter.
Mike Hytner was in the stands to watch Australia’s Boomers swat aside Canada in the men’s basketball final.
Martha Kelner has been following the story involving the men’s marathon and the collapse of Scotland’s Callum Hawkins.
Only a few events in action around the Gold Coast now.
In badminton Malaysia have taken a one game lead over England in the women’s doubles final.
In the men’s doubles squash final Australia also have a one game lead over their English opponents.
The rugby sevens is about 20 minutes or so away from its medal matches.
While in the netball England are going to-to-toe with their more fancied opponents, heading into half-time 25-all against Australia.
The netball final is nip and tuck with Australia taking a one-goal lead over England into quarter time.
Table Tennis – men’s singles
Gao Ning has his second gold medal of the day and the fifth of his Commonwealth Games career with a 4-2 victory over Quadri Aruna in the men’s singles table tennis final. The Singaporean had earlier claimed gold in the mixed doubles.
Basketball – men’s
The Boomers have thumped Canada 87-47 to ensure both basketball gold medals remain on Australian soil. This was only the second time basketball has featured in the games with Australia defending the title they won in 2006.
Not long left to go now here at Gold Coast 2018 with just a few sports still to hand out their remaining medals.
One of those still to go is over in the netball where the final between England and Australia is about to get underway in one of the biggest gold medal events of the games.
Badminton – men’s singles
Lee Chong Wei has beaten India’s Srikanth Kidambi to claim gold in the final of the men’s singles badminton. That’s the fifth Commonwealth Games gold medal of the Malaysian’s career and the third time he’s secured the men’s singles title.
Rajiv Ouseph won bronze for England yesterday.
Squash – women’s doubles
New Zealand have won gold in the women’s doubles squash. Single’s gold medalist Joelle King teamed up with Amanda Landers-Murphy to defeat India 2-0 in the final.
Australia defeated England for bronze earlier in the day.
Fiji will meet New Zealand in the men’s rugby sevens final after surviving a late scare against South Africa. The South Africans clawed back a 19-0 deficit to send the match into extra time but Fiji crossed for a try shortly after the restart to confirm victory.
New Zealand’s disastrous netball competition ends without a medal. For the first time in Commonwealth Games history the Silver Ferns failed to make the final and they have now suffered defeat in the bronze medal match to Jamaica.
The gold medal decider between England and Australia is coming up after 1pm.
This from Callum Hawkins’ brother:
New Zealand like beating England in rugby sevens semi-finals, first the women did the business, and now the men, securing a medal with a 17-12 victory.
Australia are dominating Canada in the men’s basketball final. The Boomers are up 27-10 midway through the second quarter.
The women’s rugby sevens final will be between Australia and New Zealand after both recorded convincing semifinal victories. Canada and England will playoff for bronze.
Plenty of action all over Queensland right now:
- Basketball – The gold medal match in the men’s basketball between Australia and Canada is underway.
- Badminton – The first of five finals has concluded with gold medals still to be handed out in the men’s and women’s singles and men’s and women’s doubles.
- Squash – The men’s and women’s doubles gold medal matches begin from 12pm. Australia have just beaten England to take home bronze in the women’s doubles.
- Table Tennis – Just two matches remaining and these will determine the men’s singles medalists.
- Netball – New Zealand and Jamaica are competing for the bronze medal. Australia and England shoot for gold at 1pm.
- Rugby Sevens – We’re up to the semi-final stage with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and England in contention for the women’s competition. England, New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji are left in the men’s.
More on the Callum Hawkins situation from the men’s marathon earlier.
Australian gold medalist Michael Shelley has been speaking about Hawkins’ collapse and overtaking the Scotsman with a mile or so to go in the race.
I wasn’t sure what was going on. I had a couple of mates around Main Beach who said Callum was in a bit of trouble. They told me to keep going and gave me encouragement.
I saw him (Callum) on the Sundale Bridge and thought ‘Oh shit’ and just tried to hang on. When I was coming down the home straight I tried to accelerate but I was just gone. I’m glad to be finished to be honest.
I thought hopefully I can get to the finish line because I was starting to get cramps in my hands.”
Badminton – women’s singles
Saina Nehwal has taken gold in an all-Indian women’s singles badminton final. Nehwal has been at the top of her sport for more than a decade, reclaiming the gold medal she won in Delhi in 2010.
Badminton – mixed doubles
England were guaranteed gold in the badminton mixed doubles and it went to the husband and wife team of Chris and Gabby Adcock. They defended their title, beating Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in the final.
Ellis and Smith have further medal chances today in the men’s and women’s doubles finals.
Table Tennis – mixed doubles
Singapore secured its fourth gold of the games in the final of the mixed doubles table tennis. Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu defeated England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho for the honour.
The marathons have already concluded this morning and it’s been another impressive showing for Australia.
In the men’s race Michael Shelley defended the title he won in Glasgow but the aftermath will be dominated by the performance of Callum Hawkins. The Scotsman was two minutes clear of the field with a mile and a half to go before staggering into the railings and collapsing with exhaustion in the fierce Queensland heat. Medical assistance was worryingly late in attending to the 25-year old. There’ll be more on this story as the day unfolds.
Namibia’s Helalia Johannes took out the women’s race with Australians Lisa Weightman and Jess Trengove taking silver and bronze.
And Australia secured both gold medals in the T54 marathons, Madison de Rozario winning the women’s event and national hero Kurt Fearnley taking out the men’s.
Welcome to day 11
And now, the end is near, and so we face, the final curtain… Yes, all good things must come to an end, and that includes Gold Coast 2018. A splendid couple of weeks of Commonwealth gaming concludes today and I’ll be around to steer you through the final golden Sunday.
If you missed what happened yesterday, there was plenty of joy for the hosts again, including in the men’s hockey, women’s basketball and cycling on a road. Australia remain miles ahead at the top of the medal table with England leading the chasing pack courtesy of strong performances on the track and in the ring.
Here’s what’s still to come on day 11. Remember, all times are local – the Gold Coast is GMT +10:00 and EST +14:00.
It’s a gold rush today with the last remaining medals to be handed out.
- There’s badminton underway already with finals in the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as the mixed doubles.
- Rugby sevens is another sport in action all day. Gold medal matches begin at 2.40pm and 3pm.
- The men’s basketball final between Australia and Canada has just tipped off. New Zealand defeated Scotland to claim the bronze medal earlier this morning.
- There are medals on offer in table tennis, including the men’s singles gold from 12.20pm.
- It’s doubles finals day in squash with the women’s from 12pm and the men’s from 1pm.
- Australia’s awesome netballers will shoot for gold against England at 1pm.
Then it’s over to the closing ceremony and a farewell to Borobi, Queensland and 11 days of exciting sport.
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