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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Red on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 10:23

Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 12:22

If Kurt fearnley doesn't get Australian of the year........m
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Post by Aditya on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 13:28

Red wrote:Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.

Nowhere to be seen in the manliest of all events, wrestling.

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Fred Nerk on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 13:36

In your case, sausage wrestling...

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 13:59

skully wrote:Yes. Hawkins declined assistance initially (though probably in a stupor), hoping to get to his feet. Once anyone lays a hand on him, he is disqualified.


But that was just my point. He had tried (twice) to get up and lurch and stagger on, getting visibly worse each time. By the time he had lunged sideways and ended on the road on his back, like a cracked beetle, he was completely out of it, physically and mentally, and looked to be in danger.

In other words, he was in no fit state to decline or accept anything, and being out of the race was the least of it by that point.

To say (Skulls, BD or anyone) his own preferences should have been paramount ... then you'd have to say referees should never stop boxing fights, there should be no such thing as concussion assessments in rugby, and that Tour de France cyclists should be left to their own devices when they fall in an absolute delirious scorched heap. (No, I'm not saying Hawkins was on drugs....

But he should have been on treatment by (say) the time the Aussie whisked past him - that was about 90 secs after he lurched and collapsed for the third time. Not rescued some 15 mins later.)

Don't you think?
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Post by PeterCS on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 13:59

Fred Nerk wrote:In your case, sausage wrestling...

Bangin'!
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Post by PeterCS on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 14:04

Red wrote:Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.

The Kiwis (and recruited Polynesian islanders) are absolute sport warriors. Crazed, in some cases. Like the Portuguese and world exploration in the 15th-17th centuries. It's only the sea and the heavens. And ambition to achieve beyond a small corner of the world.

That's why I like Kiwi cricket. they are the uncrazed ones.

And as Uncle Robert of ZanuPF remarked, cricket is such a civilised game, bringing civil people together.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 14:05

Aditya wrote:
Red wrote:Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.

Nowhere to be seen in the manliest of all events, wrestling.

Were there Aussies in the badminton and tischtennis?
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Post by PeterCS on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 14:25

Stumped on 198.

Fine innings though. Bradman would have probably chastised the failure to hit the double. Very Happy

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by taipan on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 15:35

Red wrote:Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.

Luckily we are still fair at cricket
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Big Dog on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 23:38

Seven network commentators really dumped on the closing ceremony. It seems the host broadcasters (some mob called NEP) decided not to have the athletes enter the stadium but had them already there before the start therefore taking the emphasis away from the athletes & giving it to the officials who bored everyone to death with gratuitous & overlong speeches. Apparently many of the athletes left the stadium before the end of the ceremony.
I'm glad i missed it.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Blackadder on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 23:59

Big Dog wrote:Seven network commentators really dumped on the closing ceremony. It seems the host broadcasters (some mob called NEP) decided not to have the athletes enter the stadium but had them already there before the start therefore taking the emphasis away from the athletes & giving it to the officials who bored everyone to death with gratuitous & overlong speeches. Apparently many of the athletes left the stadium before the end of the ceremony.
I'm glad i missed it.

Ditto , the Opening ceremony was bad enough. From all reports it seems the Closing ceremony took that to a whole new level.

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by skully on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 00:20

PeterCS wrote:
skully wrote:Yes. Hawkins declined assistance initially (though probably in a stupor), hoping to get to his feet. Once anyone lays a hand on him, he is disqualified.


But that was just my point. He had tried (twice) to get up and lurch and stagger on, getting visibly worse each time. By the time he had lunged sideways and ended on the road on his back, like a cracked beetle, he was completely out of it, physically and mentally, and looked to be in danger.

In other words, he was in no fit state to decline or accept anything, and being out of the race was the least of it by that point.

To say (Skulls, BD or anyone) his own preferences should have been paramount ... then you'd have to say referees should never stop boxing fights, there should be no such thing as concussion assessments in rugby, and that Tour de France cyclists should be left to their own devices when they fall in an absolute delirious scorched heap. (No, I'm not saying Hawkins was on drugs....

But he should have been on treatment by (say) the time the Aussie whisked past him - that was about 90 secs after he lurched and collapsed for the third time. Not rescued some 15 mins later.)

Don't you think?

I agree 100% Peter. I was cringing at the poor kid's distress.

All I was saying was that the officials followed procedure. Stupor or no, Hawkins said "leave me" to ensure he wasn't disqualified. So, IMHO, to criticise the officials and medical staff is harsh.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by skully on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 00:21

Blackadder wrote:
Big Dog wrote:Seven network commentators really dumped on the closing ceremony. It seems the host broadcasters (some mob called NEP) decided not to have the athletes enter the stadium but had them already there before the start therefore taking the emphasis away from the athletes & giving it to the officials who bored everyone to death with gratuitous & overlong speeches. Apparently many of the athletes left the stadium before the end of the ceremony.
I'm glad i missed it.

Ditto , the Opening ceremony was bad enough. From all reports it seems the Closing ceremony took that to a whole new level.

Yup. Didn't bother either.

I find these ceremonies to be largely national embarrassments with there kitchness, cliches and attempts to be arty and classy. It seems the closing ceremony fitted the bill to a T.


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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 00:22

Looking good for the cricket then.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by skully on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 00:24

Bradman wrote:Looking good for the cricket then.

Not that I'm a Seven fan, but they had nothing to do with the ceremony. It was Beattie's farce and the host broadcaster was some group called NEP.
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Post by Bradman on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 00:36

And he stayed true to form. Did the mea culpa and then the "move along, nothing to see here".
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by horace on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 07:38

Is it over yet?

Can we not mention the Go Co for tentywyears.
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Post by Bradman on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 09:06

Most of everyone who lives there were refugees from Kennet horrie.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Nath on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 09:34

Aditya wrote:
Red wrote:Agree about the men's marathon starting too late. The heat was blistering and for someone like a Scot coming from the northern winter, the task would have been insanely arduous. It should have started at the same time as the women's but on the day before.

Rugby Sevens was seen as a shock loss but it's a bit like T20, a bastardized version of the game.

NZ did well to make the top five on the medal table given their population. SA would be disappointed with their performance. They struggled in the team games like hockey, basketball, rugby, and netball.

It was good to see some obscure nations winning some medals. Of course we rarely saw an event where an Aussie didn't compete.

Nowhere to be seen in the manliest of all events, wrestling.

Whittaker (who fights in the UFC) had to pull out.
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by Bradman on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 10:56

Remember when you had to be an amateur
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by beamer on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 18:55

On to Birmingham then... the biggest sporting event to come to the Midlands, if you donít count Coventryís hosting of a few football matches for the London Olympics! Will T20 cricket at Edgbaston be on the menu I wonder?

The Gold Coast Games seemed to go pretty well on the whole, though the marathon and closing ceremony gave it some late bad press. Thereís still a challenge for the Commonwealths to secure a long term future though, it canít survive just on alternating Australia and UK hosts.

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Post by Aditya on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 19:15

Good luck to Commonwealth when the Olympics itself had a grand total of 2 cities bidding for 2024. And LA handed the 2028 games overriding the whole bidding process because the IOC knew nobody would bother.

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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by PeterCS on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 22:54

beamer wrote:On to Birmingham then... the biggest sporting event to come to the Midlands, if you donít count Coventryís hosting of a few football matches for the London Olympics! Will T20 cricket at Edgbaston be on the menu I wonder?

The Gold Coast Games seemed to go pretty well on the whole, though the marathon and closing ceremony gave it some late bad press. Thereís still a challenge for the Commonwealths to secure a long term future though, it canít survive just on alternating Australia and UK hosts.

Five-a-side cricket?
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Re: The Commonwealth Games

Post by lardbucket on Tue 17 Apr 2018, 01:00

Double wicket comp ...

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116 - 9 - 400 - 4

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