It can feel unsporting to call something a walkover, but in the case of Scotland V Australia in the Men’s semi-final basketball on Day 10, it’s difficult to find another way to describe it. Fortunately, it was the Aussies doing the walking. In the first quarter, Scotland had plenty of chances at the basket but just couldn’t seem to foloow through, with a success rate of less than 15%. In the second quarter, defence tighted up on both sides, but Australia still dominated, particularly in a shining shooting game, whereas Scotland’s only points came from penalties. The first half finished with the Aussies in the lead 48-22 and a final score of 103-46, with the win never in doubt. The following semi with New Zealand and Canada was significantly more exciting, the lead swapping throughout and never more than five points between the teams. New Zealand led by one point with five seconds to full time and seemed assured of the win, as the Canadian called a time out. Clearly the strategising worked, with the Canadian team bouncing back and scoring a three pointer in the final second to take home the win, where they will now meet Australia in the men’s Gold medal match.
Words by Natalie O’Driscoll. Images by Nadia Achilles.
Day 10 of athletics at Carrara Stadium added two more medals to Australia’s tally: a Silver in Men’s Javelin Throw for Hamish Peacock and a Bronze in Women’s High Jump for Nicola McDermott. Australia just barely missed out on the Bronze in the Men’s 4 x 100m relay final, with the team taking out a Season Best of 38.58. Celia Sullohern, Eloise Wellings and Madeline Hills came fifth, eighth and tenth respectively in the Women’s 5000m final, while Jordan Williamsz, Ryan Gregson and Luke Mathews took places 6, 9 and 12 in the Men’s 1500m. The Women’s 4 x 400m relay saw the Aussie girls finish with a Season best of 3:27.43 to bring it home in fifth.
Words by Natalie O’Driscoll. Images by Danny Santangelo.
It was a tense final night of diving at the Optus Aquatic Centre, as England, Canada and Australia all vied for the top spots. The women’s 3m Springboard seemed to offer little in the way of competition for Canada’s Jennifer Abel, who came out of the stacks the one to beat. However the final two dives of Australian Maddison Keeney put her well within medal contention, scoring the two highest dives of the night (and the biggest audience reaction). Ultimately it came down to the final dive, with Abel just managing to hang on by less than half a point, finishing in Gold medal position for Canada at 366.95 while Maddison Keeney took home the Silver at 366.55. Fellow Aussie Annabelle Smith won Bronze, with Esther Qin coming in fifth.
The Men’s Competition was led from the start by Australia’s Domonic Bedggood, after scoring a whopping 90 on his first dive, a feat he was unable to replicate, although he certainly came close. At the end of the fifth dive which only saw Bedggood nab a 57.75, England’s Matthew Dixon led the scoreboard. It came down to a nail-biting sixth dive, and a long wait on the judging of Dixon, but as it came through the crowd roared in relief as Bedggood took out the Gold with a 451.15, Dixon in Silver with 449.55, and Canada’s Vincent Riendeau with Bronze. Australia’s Declan Stacey and Matthew Barnard came seventh and tenth.
Words by Nnatalie O’Driscoll. Images by Nadia Achilles, from the synchronised diving heats – Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey.