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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Big Dog on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 08:38

beamer wrote:
skully wrote:
lardbucket wrote:Not being negative, just realistic. Not a lot of competition in many of the sports, and we have a home advantage. We've done well and here's lots of PBs, but let's not get carried away; most of the Gold medal winners, barring a few of the swimmers, would not have made an Olympic or WC final.

We are only beating those we're up against, when we beat them, because we're not up against much.

I guess the point I was trying to make was our significant improvement in T&F. Historically Aus has done very well in the Comm Games swimming and cycling, lead the medal count and then been swamped by the UK in the T&F, not to necessarily top the medal count but certainly to get closer to Aus.

I'm pleased we have won a bag of T&F gold.

I reserve the right to get excited at the Golds by the likes of Starc, Marschall, Crombie and Davies, as it's often a Pom or some South Pacific Island giant taking these events at the Comm Games.

If you prefer to "meh" I maintain that's negative.
Shows how weak our athletics is really, if we’re losing to the Aussies... global medal prospects for the next few years look thin on the ground. We’ve had a golden era in a way this decade, but it was always lacking in medal winning depth behind Mo, Jess and Greg. The squad’s basically full of borderline finalists who might get a 4th or 5th place if they produce their absolute best.

Only the relays saved us from an embarrassing home World Championship showing last year. The first medal-free major event for UK athletics might not be too far off.

You are forgetting that your athletes are competing as four different countries instead of team GB as they do at the Olympics so your winning potential is greatly diminished whereas our potential won't get any better.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Big Dog on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 08:51

Having said that the OZ womens sevens are taking Wales apart.
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Post by beamer on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 12:44

Why is our winning potential diminished by competing as four countries (other than obviously in relays)? It just means we can potentially have more British athletes entered in each individual event.

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Post by JGK on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 13:55

When did the women's diving costumes become so, err, modern?

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Post by JGK on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 13:56

And there was certainly some talent in the women's pole vault tonight.

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Post by skully on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 15:04

So we play the Sheep for Gold in both Mens and Womens hockey later today.
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Post by JGK on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 15:09

And the Opals play England for Gold in the Women's BB. They beat England by 60 points in the pool matches.

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Post by furriner on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 17:01

JGK wrote:When did the women's diving costumes become so, err, modern?

Not just diving, some of the women long jumpers were so clad, I was left wondering whether skimpy underwear was the new sporting look.

Not that I'm complaining, I'll have you know.
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Post by lardbucket on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 21:40

JGK wrote:And there was certainly some talent in the women's pole vault tonight.

Word.

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 22:44

JGK wrote:And the Opals play England for Gold in the Women's BB.   They beat England by 60 points in the pool matches.

Another sport I don't normally follow.

But friends, I was mesmerised by the movement of one Eilidh Simpson when I happened on the last two quarters of the England semi-final vs Canada today.

Another example of the internationalism of modern professional sport. Born in Waverley and childhood in Oz, Scottish mother (hence the very Scottish first name) and frequent trips to Scotland, sudden move to one of the wrong-tracks areas of NYC, then played for a couple of years in Spain before (currently) Cardiff. So how come England, I don't know.

But she chases around the court like a demon - stooped (a bit like J Bairstow) as if for extra speed, she is not built like a typical basketballer at all, and her crouched scuttling makes her look even shorter. But mercurial, inspirational, and great shooting. And the mop of thick black hair flying in all directions makes her presence even more memorable.

Watch the flying black hairmop!


The result (and quality of play) by the England squad vs Canada was a shock, reversing a big defeat in the pool games.

Of course Oz will marmalise England Women again in the final. But a laudable achievement by Simpson and the team around her, even to reach the final.



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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 22:48

lardbucket wrote:
JGK wrote:And there was certainly some talent in the women's pole vault tonight.

Word.

I love the appreciation of high athleticism, extraordinary commitment and precise timing of vaults on this forum!
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Big Dog on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 23:03

furriner wrote:
JGK wrote:When did the women's diving costumes become so, err, modern?

Not just diving, some of the women long jumpers were so clad, I was left wondering whether skimpy underwear was the new sporting look.

Not that I'm complaining, I'll have you know.

The skimpy costumes athleticism in the womens beach volleyball was quite extraordinary as well. Twisted Evil
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Fri 13 Apr 2018, 23:59

Is there any chance the head of the comm is a seppoo?
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Post by PeterCS on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 00:03

Seppoo?? That's Trump then.

(Sorry.)
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by tricycle on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 03:04

Man, we even suck at doping. Do it without needles ffs...

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Big Dog on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 04:48

Aust getting a hammering in the womens hockey final. We'll never hear the end of it from the Kiwi's.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by furriner on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 05:54

Big Dog wrote:
furriner wrote:
JGK wrote:When did the women's diving costumes become so, err, modern?

Not just diving, some of the women long jumpers were so clad, I was left wondering whether skimpy underwear was the new sporting look.

Not that I'm complaining, I'll have you know.

The skimpy costumes athleticism in the womens beach volleyball was quite extraordinary as well. Twisted Evil

I am a connoisseur of athleticism, me.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 09:41

PeterCS wrote:Seppoo?? That's Trump then.

(Sorry.)

I obviously meant seppo. Hand held devices and fat fingers.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by beamer on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 10:31

“Amateur” boxing is pretty boring when you can’t see the scores, in some form or other, as it progresses. Why did they scrap that? Three-round contests just aren’t compelling with the “pro” scoring method in operation. Over such a short contest you need to get a picture of who is winning.

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 11:16

Yeah and the party coloured bowl's are a pain on the arse too.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 12:15

I don't want bowels brightly coloured in any way, thanks.
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Post by PeterCS on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 12:25

Yay! Simpson's back on, with her funny running! (Gold medal match in Women's Basketball, officially).

Aussie big #8 has aready won the Gold Medal for Passive-Aggressive Defiant Dissent!
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Post by PeterCS on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 12:54

Hey-ho, the expected burial, And SImpson anonymous, no spark, as if overawed.

Still, an unexpected silver medal for the team in red.

Man, are Aussie commentators biased, borderline sycophantic?! Very Happy "It must be a great honour even to be part of this highly talented team" - *boak*
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by taipan on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 15:54

Bradman wrote:Yeah and the party coloured bowl's are a pain on the arse too.

Actually I think they are an improvement
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by beamer on Sat 14 Apr 2018, 20:37

taipan wrote:
Bradman wrote:Yeah and the party coloured bowl's are a pain on the arse too.

Actually I think they are an improvement

Confusing as crap, for the viewer... as is the fixed red/blue convention in the boxing.

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