The Australian men’s hockey team defeated New Zealand in a gruelling 2-1 match that saw them advance to Friday night’s semi-finals against England. Goals were scored by Trent Mitten and Jacob Whetton.
Mitten said of Australia’s performance:
“It’s probably our best game so far. It’s tough when the scoreline’s a bit different to our other games. New Zealand is the first class opposition we’ve played and we came out with the 2-1 win.
“We’ve been working a lot on consistency. In the past few games we’ve really let ourselves down a little bit. We’ve been good for about 10 minutes, and then really poor for the other 50. We’re really working on being good for the whole 60 minutes.
“We play New Zealand about five or six times a year, so we know each other really well. They’re a great bunch of guys, we have a good time off the field and we all know each other pretty well. That definitely stops as soon as we step onto that hockey field, neither of us like losing.”
Hockey words by Natalie O’Driscoll. Images by Danny Santangelo.
With swimming events completed, it was time to use the diving pool at the Optus Aquatic Centre for one preliminary and three medal events: Men’s 1m Springboard (preliminary and final), and Women’s 3m Synchro Springboard and 10m Synchro Platform diving events.
The eager noise of excitement dies as the starter’s whistle sounds and the diver takes their place ready for the dive. There are six rounds for each diver. Judged by a panel of seven judges, the highest and lowest scores are dropped, then the sum of the other scores is multiplied by the level of difficulty of the dive to determine the score for that round.
The top twelve divers (out of fifteen) in the men’s 1m preliminary, including Matthew Carter, James Connor and Kurtis Mathews progressed to the final. Australia had mixed luck in the Women’s 3m Synchro Springboard, Maddi Keeney and Annabelle Smith’s last dive judged to be non-scoring.
However, it was gold for Australia with defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Esther Qin and partner Georgia Sheehan coming from behind to score victory. England’s Alicia Blagg and Katherine Torrance took silver, and Malaysia’s Mun Yee Leong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri claimed bronze.
Diving words by Marj Osborne. Images by Nadia Achilles and Marj Osborne.