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Good morning. Welcome to day ten, the penultimate day of Glasgow 2014.
We have seen it all, heartbreak, tears, success and glory and
yesterday was no different. So, some wonderful memories created
yesterday and this is how the medal table looks. England have a
commanding lead at the top with 140 medals and 48 golds, many thanks to
the gymnasts over the last few days. Claudia Fragapane became the first
in dish woman to win four gold medals at a Commonwealth Games 484
years with victory on the floor. Australia are in second and Canada
still leads Scotland, who have 17 gold medals in 49. Alex Marshall and
Paul Foster made it a golden double as they helped Scotland win the
men's fours. Wales are in 12 and Northern Ireland
men's fours. Wales are in 12 and Northern have eight medals, no gold
medals yet but there is still ten -- time. The games may nearly be over
but there is still so much at stake. This is what is coming up. There's
badminton as Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair of Scotland take on
England Adcock and Adcock for a place in the mixed doubles final. We
will be live at the International hockey Centre, as England's men look
to emulate the women by making it to the final. We are closing out the
action at the pool in Edinburgh. This morning sees a certain Tom
Daley going in the ten metre platform preliminaries. And we will
check in as Australia face Jamaica for a place in tomorrow's gold-medal
match. So, still plenty to come and we have got some live action now
over at the Emirates Arena. It is badminton. Last time, the doubles
partners at the Olympics were Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier but now
they are on opposing sides. Let's find out what will happen in this
one. It is going to be great. Let's join the commentators, Gill Clark
and Morten Frost Hansen. COMMENTATOR: I suppose this previous
encounters, the two previous matches between the pairs, both won by the
Scottish combination but both in three games, but surely, the fact
they have never lost to the English pair must give them confidence for
this semifinal? Absolutely. Obviously, it will give them
confidence but it is a new day today, a new match, a new
tournament. Everything can change. But looking back on the last eight
days of badminton here in Dargo, -- Glasgow, I must say that the Scots
are looking very good. On the other hand, I must say that especially
Chris Adcock is looking very shaky. He has not been playing up to his
usual standards. He has got to find that today, at this moment, if they
are going to go through to the final tomorrow. Yes. Not only is the
statistics against the English, but I also think that the performance in
the last eight days of Chris Adcock is against him. But let's see how it
goes. It is going to be a very interesting match and I am looking
forward to it. That is lovely. Good play. Even the
opening six points come here, Chris Adcock has played better than I have
seen for a long time, this week. -- six points, here.
The English pair, currently ranked number five in the world, and Robert
Blair and Imogen Bankier, 13. This is really world-class badminton.
He has missed it. I thought Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis in their men's
doubles quarterfinal yesterday evening, I don't think I have ever
seen them so nervous. They were almost crippled by nerves. Of
course, used the number one seed in both the mixed and the men's
doubles, so all the pressure is on him. -- he is the number one seed.
Yes, you can actually reverse this, in a funny, twisted way, if you
want. If you look at it, yes, Chris and Gabby are favourites to this
one, according to the seeding, but the mere fact they have not won
against this pair ever before, maybe they can say they are up against a
good pair that they have never beaten before, and therefore, they
are the favourites to win, and the pressure is on their shoulders.
Service full called, for striking the shuttle above the waist. --
service full. -- fault. Yesterday, when we saw Adcock and
Ellis, as you say, they looked totally crippled by nerves. Maybe,
as I say, in a kind of twisted way, they can see the Scots as favourites
and therefore, they don't have the same pressure on their shoulders as
they had yesterday, and suddenly, therefore, they can perform.
Another error at the front of the court from Imogen Bankier.
Yes, just shadowing how she should have played the shot. That is a
marvellous return of the quick serve from Robert Blair.
The England coach, Jakob Hoi, nearest to us.
Yes, I think what impresses me so much about Robert Blair is the fact
that he seems to think so well on court. His placement of his attack
always seems to involve Imogen Bankier at the front of the court.
Yes, user with trying to play his partner in. -- he is always trying.
That is one of the most important things in doubles, to play that way.
The Scottish coach, there, probably saying to move them from side to
side. Would that be of the back of the court? -- at the back. I think
so. Overdone it. There was a big gap across court and it was the right
shot to try. Yes, and it was into the backhand of bank year. -- Imogen
Bankier. Scotland, I have not seen them that much over the years, but
this week I have seen them quite a lot. To me, they are slightly slow
starters and once again, they have proved it. Let's see if they can
pick up. That is a good shot. Yes, lovely smash from Chris Adcock.
Yes, totally deceived by that, Robert Blair.
Superb. Good play. Gabby Adcock, in the women's doubles last night, was
outstanding. She has continued her good form in the semifinal of the
mixed. When you get the net and you come
off, you will win all of those rallies.
When they have got you on the walk, they are clipping it into court gave
a lot. You can go back slightly. So, the instruction from their
coach, did you catch it? Just a bit. The sound was quite overpowering but
I think he said they wanted more blocks, to get the initiative in the
early stages. Perfect, low serve, finding the line.
Now, that is what we think Andy was saying to the players, moving at the
back of the court, first won around the head and then whipping its deep
into the forehand corner. But he should have played a block, and just
maintain the initiative and waited for a better chance. Yes, the
frustration from Robert Blair. Now you will get one of my own small
little philosophies. If you look at it from the English perspective, it
is very important, here, for Chris Adcock to get into his own comfort
zone and not have to seek the approval of his coaches, the public,
and his partner, and all that. What he has got to look to do is to find
his own comfort zone, where he plays well, and not have to look around
for the approval all the time. If you can see, so often, he is looking
out to the crowd, to the coaches, to his partner and they are talking and
discussing but he has got to feel comfortable in what he is doing.
A very good rally by the Scottish pair, especially Imogen Bankier.
From your last comment, am I sensing that sometimes, Chris Adcock may be
so intent on trying to do what the coaches have done that he is not
playing instinctively? Yes. well worked. Gabby Really looking so
sharp at the net. It is obviously out of the picture but Chris is not
looking to the bench, he is getting to that zone himself, and that is so
important. He is playing with in stick, but he is cool, calm and
calculated with what he is doing but he is playing. I think the big
difference at the moment is the English pair are sticking to their
favoured formation and the standard formation the mixed doubles, the man
using his physical strength, obviously men are physically
stronger than women so it is best to have them playing from the back of
the court, thundering down the smashes, and women tend to be a lot
more agile than the men, and therefore the twisting and turning
at the front of the court suits the women's play. So obviously both
players want to play to their strengths, which is getting the
women forward using the man's strength from the back of the court.
And the English team is doing that better. That is why they are 16-12
up. It has gone wide. better. That is why they are 16-12
saw in that rally, the Scottish pair in the defensive formation, which is
to see players side-by-side in the court, whereas the English pair, one
forward, one at the back, that is the standard attacking formation.
Good defence. And ever so good recovery from the Scots here. They
got well back into that rally after being under severe pressure. I think
that shot there from Robert Blair really did it. That was a good
return. What great defence from Bankier.
Yes, that was perfect. They do still need a lot of recovery
here, though. The umpire just saying to the English pair, you are taking
too long between rallies, get yourselves ready. That was a good
block. Very, very nice block by Chris Adcock. Look again, he is not
looking out, he is not seeking that approval. He is sort of getting into
his own frame of mind. He is getting into the game, and that is rarely
important, I think. Yes, and it means he is playing a lot better
than we saw earlier in the tournament. He is playing the best I
have seen him play this tournament, all the way. Game points have
arrived for the English pair. Six of them. That is magnificent defence.
And that has gone long, first time of asking, and the number one seeds,
Chris and Gabby Adcock take the opening game 21-14, in 16 minutes.
So, Chris and Gabby Adcock with the opening Game 21-14, just the start
that the English pair wanted. You were able to listen in to both sets
of coaches there, that in your opinion what do the Scottish pair
have to do to turn this around? They have to challenge Gabby at the net,
and I think that is what the coaches said as well. Actually both coaches
from the English side and the Scottish side were saying you have
to challenge the lady at the front. And obviously that is the whole
game, but obviously the Scots have to do what Robert Ware is doing
here. That is beautiful, rather than dumping it and going in with that
really tough fence, he is just blocking it nicely away from her,
and that is the way to play it -- tough offence. Just block it. That
is why they got in trouble, she has got the challenge Gabby on that one.
That was good. He swayed his body out of the way to give himself the
freedom to play the defence there. And what is good, he is playing it
with the drift, and that is why the Scots played a lot of mistakes in
the first game. But Chris Adcock was able to control it here, which was
good. That is lovely. That is not bad!
That is what you want, or going forward more like that. Yes,
obviously it is a fantastic shot, this one, very ambitious, a good
shot but the whole idea is the right idea. Yes, she almost played that
with topspin, didn't she? Yes. Extraordinary. It was a risky. It
has occurred to me, Morten, Robert Blair laying two matches yesterday,
because he was in the men's doubles, and the comment you know,
at the age of 32, perhaps in international badminton on the world
tour he only sticks to one event. Do you think that has maybe affected
his sharpness in the semifinal? Not really, I think it was a little bit
of a blessing in disguise that he lost yesterday. And the fact that he
can focus completely on this mixed doubles, which I think they had a
brilliant chance of even a gold medal. Let's see how it goes here.
They are slow starters. They did not have a good first set. Scotland have
never won the gold medal in the mixed doubles.
The right idea. Yes, and I think for Scottish fans that will be a little
concerning that she is beating up on herself, shaking her head.
They ought to know that Gabby waits for that crosscourt smash with the
defence. Yes, that is far too much towards centre court. Yes, but all
credit to Gabby Adcock for dealing with that so well.
What a smash. That was good play by Gabby, the way she was moving
forwards and forcing Blair to lift it. Yes, sometimes we underestimate
the impact of movement off the shuttle, and how it can affect the
rally. We so often talk about in football, you know, the players off
the ball, and this is exactly the same. Yes. That was nice, now that
is moving Chris at the back of the court, which is what the Scottish
coaches wanted Bankier and Blair to do.
But the funny thing, a clear would have been very nice in that
situation. He opted to play down, and straight into the rally. Yes,
service fault was called. The umpire just confirming what the service
judge called. I don't think heard the call.
It is going wide, well wide, my goodness me. The Scottish pair will
have to be awfully careful here because I get the sense that the
English are beginning to really stamp their
It came off the frame of Chris Adcock's racket. Good serving, but
what a return. What a return from Gabby Adcock, there, clipping the
tape. And, as you say, the Scots really have to be careful now.
Yes, well, I am with you, Morten, I don't think I have seen the English
pair play as well as that this week. I've seen them play better in world
terms, but this is very, very good form they have played themselves
into. So the English pair a game up, and a
5-point advantage here at the mid-game in the ball. Yes, that is
well done. Morten, as we were watching one of those rallies again
during the mid-game interval, both you and I looked at each other about
Robert Blair's movement, certainly trying to lunge forward to the
backhand side. Did not seem all that fluent, really. No, he was not that
comfortable. I was paying a lot of attention to it. From what I saw, he
is either very stiff and sore from the previous matches, or he is
carrying a small little injury, I don't know, but that did not look
good. They have won the first two points. Since the resumption of
play. That is a good shot by Chris
Adcock. That is a soft crosscourt shot, that is really doing the
damage, setting off the nice lift. Once again, Gabby Adcock, absolutely
on top of the net, looking for the third shot of the rally, serve,
return and third shot, absolutely critical in doubles. Well, he will
be disappointed with that. They were on serve -- and error on serve. Here
is allowed to do it. He has played really well today. This is the first
kind of serious bad mistake. CHEERING
Good anticipation by Robert Blair. The next three points are going to
be crucial in this match. The Scots have to catch up, and if the English
are running away, I think this is it.
Yes. Well-placed. Very well placed. Once you have committed to the
backhand defence, Gabby spotted that and hips down Blair's forehand side.
-- hit down. Gabby Adcock, quite frankly, is on fire. Wonderful take
off the top of the tape. She is setting up so nicely for her
Well, the Scottish parent simply have to start closing the gap. --
the Scottish pair. Time is running out for them.
Just having a quick time-out, maybe to compose their thoughts again.
Focus on the game plan. Well, the frustration almost boiling
over with Imogen Bankier. The disappointment is all too
obvious. The crowd, desperately trying to
lift the home players. On the attack once again. The
English pair. And once again, the Scottish pair forced to defend.
Well, I am not quite sure what Imogen Bankier was complaining
about, there. But in my opinion, it is another sign of her frustration,
as the English pair, now, are just three points away from being in the
final. If it has been a part of the game plan from the English
perspective, and the coach's perspective, it has been quite
brilliant, using the reverse psychology. The English pair may be
seeded number one but in their own mind, the Scots were favourites
because of the past results. It has definitely given Chris Adcock
the confidence. Yes. Just two points needed, now, for Mr
and Mrs Adcock. Oh, that is nice. Good play by
Blair. But he will not win it. And with that wonderful keel at the net
-- kill at the net, Gabby where she has been the whole match and now
England have the opportunity to book their place in the final.
the baseline. The new shuttle will be faster. They have to be careful
they are not lifting it for too long.
CHEERING That is it! Chris and Gabby Adcock
are guaranteed a medal because they will contest the mixed doubles final
tomorrow. Obvious disappointment for Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier. But
all credit to the English combination. They really took the
match to their opponents. They attacked more. They were more
positive. And Gabby Adcock, on her net play today, was absolutely
superb. 21-14, 21-14, in 35 and its. And they are through to the
final. -- 35mm is. Oh, my goodness, what a contrast in the body language
between the two pairs. You have to feel for the Scottish pair. They
must have come into this match knowing they had a chance. But they
were beaten by a better pair, today. They never got into the flow of the
game. That was all due to very good play by their English opponents. All
respect, well played by England. Well done to Mr and Mrs Adcock. In
the other mixed doubles semifinal, it is England against Malaysia, his
language and Heather Olver. -- Chris Langridge.
COMMENTATOR: It is noticeable that lie paging is unable to get to the
net and kill the shuttle. She is just pushing it back into play. Not
able to be the danger she was in yesterday 's quarterfinal. Again,
Heather Olver, ready to serve, and flicking the shuttle. Jean did not
have her racket down to say she was ready.
A beautiful little push to the back court, getting the short lived,
great play from Heather Olver. The crosscourt was too loose by Soon,
the athleticism by Heather Olver, moving across the net. The lows
serve lands short of the service line. -- low serve. It gives the
Malaysians and easy point. The opportunity was there, for
Heather Olver. She played a lovely net shot. But you can see, the
shuttle spinning at the net. UMPIRE: Change the shuttle. The players
normally wait until the shuttle is in the right position to kill it but
sometimes it is easy to drag the shuttle down when it is spinning so
much. It looks like an easy kill but with a spinning shuttle, it can be
quite difficult. Found the line. Langridge did not
like the fact they were appealing. Right on the line. What has enraged
him is that chant's hand was up immediately, claiming the point. --
if you would like to continue to watch the mixed doubles semifinal,
you can do, by switching -- but we are switching to gymnastics. We will
shortly be joined by some of the gymnasts. England are leading the
medals table with 140 medals to their name, and many of them are
thanks to the gymnasts. England's Kristian Thomas take the
silver. There is your Commonwealth champion, Scott Morgan from Canada.
Wales' Georgina Hockenhull takes bronze.
Elsabeth Black is the Commonwealth champion. A fine bid for yet another
medal. It does not come much better than this. Nile Wilson, and silver
is his just reward. He has done it, Daniel Purvis. A gold medal. And
Scotland goes crazy! It is a golden floor routine for the
golden girl. Take one pinch of sparkle, a of energy, and what do
you get? Claudia Fragapane. Oh, that is so impressive. Kristian
Thomas, you know what he can produce. This is beautiful work.
They do not use that term very often. What a way for Nile Wilson to
finish. A great baptism. I'm feeling a bit bad. I have got
quite a big couch to myself and there are four macro distinguished
guests crammed into the other one. I'm obviously very scary! Guys,
thank you so much for taking the time to come in and speak. I know
what a busy morning you have had. What time have you been up since,
doing interviews? Eight or nine? I thought you said 5am. That is
doing interviews? Eight or nine? I was having breakfast. Max, if you
just move your arm, I saw them was having breakfast. Max, if you
stacked up there, like a tower of medals all of a sudden. Claudia,
let's start with you first of all, we can take a look at some of your
fantastic work from this week. What an incredible week you have had. If
you were told last week you would be leaving with a whole load of medals,
I'm sure you would have been incredibly happy. Definitely, yes, I
was not expecting it at all. We were just hoping to get the gold as a
team and to come out with three more gold medals, absolutely amazing.
Just describe what it is like to watch this back, does it feel like
it is you watching you orders and feel like watching someone else on
television? It does not feel like that at all. Watching me do it, I
don't know how I do it! LAUGHTER It doesn't feel like it when I am in
the air. Imagine what it is like for your family, in that case. Yes, they
are very proud. I have been getting lots of messages from them how proud
they are of me. How different has it been after 24 hours, you were still
matching yesterday, winning medals yesterday, but when you start
appearing on programmes, becoming more recognisable, do you feel a bit
of a change? Yes, it has not really sunk in yet. It has been absolutely
incredible, just the whole experience. On your twitter feed, I
saw you had the heady heights of signing a hot dog, what was that all
about? I had no idea, some became up to me and said can I be a bit cheeky
and have you signed my hotdog? I wanted to have a bite, thought he
was going to give me some! There is a man lying in hospital filled up
with ink from a pen at the moment or something! Max, congratulations to
you too, where to start with your week, what has been your most
memorable moment? The whole lot has been an amazing experience for all
of us. The medal that stands out for me is the all-round final. For an
athlete and a gymnast, to go and perform six routines on each piece,
I am just so pleased to pull it off in a day. On the last one you went
in with a 2-point lead, but you did not hang back at all, you went out
as if you desperately needed to win that one. I set my targets before I
came out here, me and my coach, Scott, we knew what my target scores
were that I wanted to hit and that is what I am so pleased about, that
I managed to hit the 90 mark twice. So I am really over the moon, I
could not ask for more. What I liked about watching all of you guys, it
seems to be, even with the Scotland team, it is most like you are one
big team, you just happen to be wearing different colours. It
definitely is exactly like that, we have done the whole build-up
together at the same gym, so we knew how each other were trading. We
normally compete for Team GB, so we had been training together for many
years and we are great team-mates. Even though we were competing for
different countries here, it felt like we have been as one so it is
Willie nice. And the start of your week, how has it been? It has been
an incredible week, not just for myself, but for everyone to have
achieved what they have, it is incredible. Do you have a standout
moment from your two golds? From an individual perspective, the bars is
the one I wanted, and I have still not watched the routine back. So I
will be interested to see that and watch the corrections, building
further and looking forward to what is next. I read that you were going
to change your routine when you head into the worlds. Is it all about
constant improvement? It really is, all of us try to push each other
further and further, but just as individuals, but as a team, we want
to be striving for those medals. We will try to work on the executions
so we can work and bring out the best of us. Louis, it is great to
have you back. I just love how much you seem to have enjoyed just of
being back. So many big smiles the whole time. I have had an absolutely
amazing time. You know, it has been such an effort trying to get back to
where I am, and I think that is the relief of it all, I think. Knowing
how hard I have had to work to get back to where I am, and I can just
in myself. I haven't seen this bit, not bad! Obviously we had a bit of a
pick-up, losing Simon, that was quite hard for the team, and it is
quite easy to brush over that, but we had to really come over that, and
it is sad to not have him here with us but I think we have done
fantastically well as a team, as a nation. And we look forward to
having him back with us soon. Were you feeling pressure coming back at
all, because obviously your life has changed since the Olympics, you are
much more recognisable, people would come to watch you may be who are not
gymnastics fans, does that put a bit more weight on your shoulders? A
little bit. Since Beijing, the Olympic Games in London, you kind of
get used to the pressure and expectation, but it is also kind of
nice to have that. It keeps you on edge, keeps you sharp, so it is nice
to have that bit of pressure. And in relative terms, you obviously came
back to training later than the other guys who haven't actually
stopped, so where do you think you are? Are you where you hoped to be,
further on than you hoped to be? I would like to have been a bit
further, I am not going to lie, but I did not leave myself much time, I
kind of shot myself in the foot, getting back into it. But I am going
to train for the rest of the year and really see how I can do in 2015
and try to push to make the great Britain team. But right now we just
need bit of a break just to relax and look back. But not as long a
break as you took the first time. No, I am talking about a couple of
days, not a couple of years! Any regrets about taking those couple of
years at all? None at all. I have had some of the best times in my
life, kind every gathering life. Doing Strictly, that was another
opportunity to just experience something completely different other
than gymnastics, which I have answered I was four years old. I
have had a great time over the last couple of years -- which I have done
since I was four years old. It has definitely taught me to show a bit
more of my personality in the sporting world. As gymnasts, we are
quite well-behaved, and I know behind the camera these guys have
got fantastic, bubbly personalities, and it is about trying to get that
in the gymnastics performance and show people that gymnastics is fun.
Claudia, where do you think the strength and depth is in gymnastics
at the moment? It has been such a big week for the England team, also
for the Scotland team, but British gymnastics is in a really good place
at the moment. Yes, they definitely are, we are obviously such good
gymnasts, all of us, and we have progressed for a while now, and
hopefully we are getting better and better, and the results are still
room for improvement. Listen, thank you so much for dropping in, I know
it has been an incredibly busy morning so we really appreciate you
taking the time. Plenty more sport coming up on the BBC, what do you
know about hockey? Do you need to know a little bit more? Let's find
out. Hockey is a fast and fierce game
played by two 11 aside teams will stop there are five additional
substitutes who may be used and unlimited amount of times during a
70 minute match. Goals may only be scored from the shooting circle, a D
shaped arc. Suspension cards can be issued to players who commit fouls,
a green card results in an automatic two-minute suspension, while a
yellow card is a minimum five minute ban. Penalty corners can be awarded
for a variety of infringement and are taken from the backline, ten
metres either side of the goalpost, with five defenders allowed to enter
the shooting circle. If a score is tied at the end of the match in the
knockout stages, a penalty shoot out will take place. In Glasgow, with
the men's and women's competitions comprise of two pools of five teams
each with a top two in each pool progressing to the semifinal stage.
I am delighted to say that my gymnasts have morphed into hockey
stars, what and credible day it has been so far on BBC Three! We have
Olympic medallist Emily Maguire, Linda Clement, who has been the
Scotland captain, and Amy Gibson who is the goalkeeper. Ladies, I was
lucky enough to be down at Glasgow Green yesterday watching some
fantastic semifinals. We have got the men in action today, but what
has your Commonwealth experience been like? It has been absolutely
incredible. Just to have a Commonwealth Games in your home
city, your home country, it is an amazing experience, and to have been
a part of that, it has been amazing and I can't thank everyone enough
for all of the support. On Wednesday, we had a bagpiper playing
from the stands, it was just amazing to play in front of that. Did it go
as expected? You are probably disappointed to be speaking to me on
a Saturday when you could probably be warming up for other matches, but
how would you sum it up? Ultimately, we are disappointed with our finish,
we were pushing hard to get into the top four and we fell a bit short of
that. So yes, we are disappointed with our finish, but the whole
experience has been fantastic, as Emily said. Your thoughts? I do
agree with Linda, we are disappointed with our finish, but
our performances have been really good and we are happy with that sort
of aspect. But we will push for the results hopefully in later Games.
Linda, you have retired now, is that right? Yes, yesterday was my last
game for Scotland. The time was right, a really enjoyable career but
the time was right to hang up the boots. I spoke to Kate
Richardson-Walsh yesterday, and she said that she is now not definitely
retiring, still thinking about it. Do you almost want to think, can I
do a little bit more? Of the tournaments are fantastic, and you
get Fenwick variants like Glasgow and it makes you think, but I knew
that I was pushing hard for Glasgow for a long time and I knew that I
would be right afterwards to stop, and I am happy with that decision.
How do you think this semifinal, Australia- England, will pan out for
the men? Australia have been so strong, never dropped a title here
at the Commonwealth Games but it will be a big battle. It will be
at the Commonwealth Games but it exciting match, and I am really
excited to see the teams get out there. As you say, the Aussie men
had been really dominant for a while now, looking like a really class
team. But the English men had been really dominant for a while now,
looking like a really class team. But the Englishman as well, over the
past year or so, have really regrouped, they have free belt, and
come back really strong. So I think it will be a fantastic match to go
and watch. I am looking forward to seeing some great attacking hockey.
England have got the top scorer of the tournament so far in Ashley
Jackson, I imagined the Australian goalie will have been watching him
and they will be trying to mark him, obviously? Yes, I think he's caused
a lot of corners. They will not want to give away corners because he is a
definite threat from the top of the deed. He is a class player and they
will have to watch out for him. Would you like to predict this one
Linda? I am not sure. The Aussie men have been on good form, it will be a
close game but I think they might just edge it. We can head down to
the National hockey Centre here at Glasgow Green. They will be a great
match. -- it will be a great match. COMMENTATOR: England's bench
contains some very strong players, Henry Weir and Simon Mantell,
Mantell winning his 108th in Jewish cap, plus all of the Team GB caps.
Alistair Brogdon is on the bench, Phil Roper and Ollie will ours as
well. -- his 108th English cap. It is a tasty one. England against
Australia, it is not get much more mouthwatering than that, and in a
semifinal at the Commonwealth Games, it is right up there, certainly in
hockey terms. And the players and officials will now line up, ready to
be introduced onto the field of play. Along with the officials.
Martin Madden from Scotland, and Peter right from South Africa, who
will be overseeing this one. -- Peter Wright. Middleton and Knolls,
the captains of England and Australia respectively, going
through the coin toss. It is a pretty chilly morning in Glasgow,
the Australians with their short-sleeved shirts. -- Knowles,
the respective captains. The wind is taking the edge off the
temperatures. Australia in green and gold, their traditional colours.
England, white shirts, red shorts, and we are just about ready to go
here at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. The first of two England-
Australia matches today. This men's semifinal, and then the highlight of
the day, as far as in the Shockey is concerned, in the women's gold-medal
match, England will face Australia. -- as far as England hockey is
concerned. And early start for these guys. Let's hear the introductions
from the stadium announcer. Number 12, Jake Whetton. Number 17, Aran
Zalewski. Number 18, Tristan White. Number 20, Matthew Swann. Number 23,
Daniel Beale. Number 25, Trent Mitton. Number 27, Kieran Govers.
Number 28, Karl Brown. Andrew Philpott. Andrew Charter. And number
31... Here is the England squad, starting with number five, Captain
Barry Middleton. Number one, goalkeeper George Pinner. Number
three, Dan Fox. Number six, Henry Weir. Number seven, Ashley Jackson.
Number eight, Simon Mantell. Number nine, Harry Martin. Number ten, Nick
Catlin. Numbered 11, Alastair Brogdon. Number 12, Michael Hoare.
Number 13, David Condon. Number 14, Mark Gleghorne. Number 15, Phil
Roper. Number 16, Adam Dixon. Number 17, Iain Lewers. And number 18,
Ollie Willars. CHEERING So, the introductions are complete.
Martin Madden and Peter Wright will now shake and with the players, and
the players will crossover briefly, for a quick nod and shake between
them. Not many pleasantries, you. Most of these players know their
opposite numbers pretty well. Now it is down to business, for a place in
the Commonwealth Games final. Kyle Brownhill winning his 115th cap
for Australia today. -- Kyle Brownhill. Winning his 150th cap.
But I think Brown has decided he just wants to focus on the match.
And that is what they are doing. Australia in green and gold, getting
into the huddle. England already set to go. We have got about 40 seconds
until the official start time. Australia will stay in their huddle
for a few final words between them, before they advance forward.
Well, this fixture promises much. Let's hope it lives up to the
billing. England, in their white shirts and red shorts, will be
attacking the goal to our left. Australia, in green and gold,
hitting from left to right, for a place in the Commonwealth Games
final. We are underway. England immediately forward courtesy
of Iain Lewers. Looking for Nick Catlin, the number ten. Swann.
Kyle Brown, his 115th cap, today. -- 150th cap. 35 minutes each way.
Good, crisp, precise passing early on from Australia.
The drizzle has just eased off for a moment. It has been pretty wet, so
the pitch is quite slow. I think we can expect a huge battle, here,
between these two sides. Australia have the pedigree. What they like to
try to do early is put a lot of pressure on the defence, to see if
they can get something early but England know that. They will want to
try today in this game as long as possible. The longer they can stay
in it, the more frustrated Australia will become.
It has fallen kindly for Australia, into the circle, looking for a ball
across. Penalty corner. Adam Dixon on the end of a bit of skill, there.
Kieran Govers am just finding the foot, quite simply and easily. It is
a bit of a soft corner. If the ball hits a defender's foot in the
circle, in the D, the attacking team have a penalty corner. Australia
discussing their options. The England defensive line get their
protective gear on, ready to try to keep it out.
The first penalty corner of the game. Australia, lined up and ready
to pounce. It has come their way. And it finds the back of the net!
What a start for Australia. Tristan White puts Australia 1-0 in front.
George Pinner looks a little sorry for himself, the England keeper.
That was not in the game plan at all, the ball to the right-hand
option at the top, clever little switch, fooling the England defence.
George Pinner was looking for it on the other side but it was round his
feet. He will be disappointed about that, through his legs, a tall guy,
sometimes difficult to get your feet moving quickly but a soft goal for
England to concede this early in the game, really. The best possible
start for Australia, taking the lead within three minutes, here. Chris
Ciriello for Australia. Normally, their penalty corner specialist.
Coming from the centre of defence and nudging it forward. Matt Gohdes
takes it quickly. Too strong. This is definitely something England had
not planned on but they would is definitely something England had
thought about this in training, and worked out how to try to get back.
-- get back from an early goal down against any side.
-- get back from an early goal down not the easiest to get out of
defence against. Mark Gleghorne, sliding in to pick it up but it will
be an Australian ball. The little up and over, looking for
the corner but it bounces beyond any Australian sticks. Matt Gohdes, the
number 16, for Australia. Dan Fox, looking around, checking
out his options. Sharp movement here, from Australia,
as they look to build another attack. Swann is always lively in
midfield. Knolls, Australia's captain, his
244th cap today. -- Mark Knowles. Fox, trying to clear for England but
it is bouncing around and it will be an Australia hit.
Up over the top, delicately done, and well taken. Free hit, quickly
taken and England try to recover. It breaks away, kindly for England, and
Nick Catlin, on the right, if he can just keep an English stick on the
ball, and allow the support to gather. That is the pressure that
Australia put on the ball carrier, particularly when they lose the ball
high, they like to win it back straight away but England need to
steady the ship little bit. They are rocking from the early goal
conceded. They want to put a few passes together, move up as a group,
and not get too stretched. Looking at the first penalty corner, a great
move by George Pinner will be disappointed it went through his
legs. Not a good start. -- but George Pinner. Swann with a little
burst of acceleration forward. A backhand pass upfield was high and
it will be England ball. Ashley Jackson is the leading scorer in the
tournament, with seven. Nick Catlin, trying to give England
an opportunity, through the legs of the Australians, looking for a way
through to the circle but Australia breakaway. Trent Mitton is charging
down the centre. Australia with three men in the D. They attack in
numbers, don't they? They are very adept at just finding a free hit
when they need it, as well as getting the space forward but they
commit players forward whenever they get an opportunity. England, at the
moment, finding it hard to get anyone forward with the ball, with
possession. Middleton tries to find Nick Catlin but the ball is stolen
by Zalewski, who is weaving a dangerous path into an attacking
position for Australia. But cleared. Iain Lewers, doing the good
defensive work. Swann goes quickly round Martin and
heads towards the D. Solid defence by Michael Hoare. Slightly trapped
in the corner, though. England get the hit in.
The rain is starting to intensify again. The weather has been pretty
miserable this morning in this part of Glasgow. This is a bit of a
slower pitch than the guys are used to playing on. And with the wet
weather this morning, it is slowing it down even more, the more rain.
The wetter the pitch and the slower the ground is becoming. It does not
really suit either team. Pushed out by Australia. Jackson will drop back
and take this again. All the way to the goal line and in towards the D,
goes around one. Nothing is the call from the umpire as England hopes to
get a penalty corner decision. WHISTLE
That is how wet it is. Jake Whetton, sliding along, getting absolutely
drenched. Ashley Jackson trying to work
something into the deep but the ball got too far
something into the deep but the ball Sometimes he tries a bit too hard to
do it on his own when things are not going well for England.
Jackson, all the way back to defend, playing it off to Phil Roper.
England, looking for an exit, here. All they find is Australian sticks,
as Jackson has a go, trying to carve his way out of there. This is
better, from Middleton, the captain. Good acceleration, driving forward,
and off an Australia stick. Great tackle by Iain Lewers, there.
On the reverse side. Swann, trying to weave his way around. It is not
out of there, yet. Australia attack again and the foot is outside of the
D. REFEREE: Guys, guys, everybody, calm down. We know you want to take
it quickly but it needs to be right as well. It is the same for them
getting out of the way. So England and Australia, the semifinal of the
compost, calm down? It's not going to get very far, I did think. I know
he's trying his best but all the boys want it and they are trying to
keep the intensity of the game up, take free hits quickly, get forward
quickly. Fox has let it go and it has fallen
kindly for Australia, a reverse shot and it is in explanation mark 2-0,
scored by Simon Orchard. -- it is in! Well, that is a mistake by Dan
Fox, trying to get out of a difficult position, he gets mugged.
Orchard, well, again, he gets the ball on the top of the D and takes
it to the backhand side and fires across the front of George Pinner,
into the corner. That is a good goal. England counterattack on all
the way to the D. Appealing for a penalty corner and Nick Catlin
getting really angry with the umpire. Being told to shut up in no
uncertain terms. Philpott. Having watched Australia
play against India, they looked a bit honourable but they have looked
very strong here against England. Australia still haven't got six of
their team that played in the World Cup, Jamie Dwyer is missing. The
Yong is missing. Hammond. Penna makes the save. -- George Pinner
makes the save. They are pressuring his goal all the time, Australia.
This one goes behind. Yes, another shop there, finding space. Orchard
puts the ball through. Look at that speculative attack by the Aussies.
All the way downfield, looking for Phil Roper. Roper, waiting for
support to arrive. , temp Condon for England. Catlin. A foot
outside of the deed. Jackson. -- outside of the D. Jackson will take
this one. Lewers. England coming forward to the edge of the circle, a
chance to get this in front of the Australian goal. It is behind, it
will be a long corner for England. Adam Dixon will take it.
A good, sustained period of pressure from England. Jackson. Jackson goes
backwards. England will try and build from the other side. The cross
to Michael Hoare. Inside two Catlin. -- inside the Catlin. Australia
break forward, only as far as Jackson. Green card, Ashley Jackson
has to sit it out A good little period from England,
but they need to try to get something out of it. It shows the
difference. Jackson is fighting hard for his team. Orchard, the scorer of
Australia's second. Novels, the captain. Australia, that was right
in the midriff, taken by Lewers. He took one for the team. England
breaking. Chance for England. Shot on goal! Good defence from
Australia. The goalkeeper not needed in the end. Gleghorne, high ball,
looking for Catlin. A good little attack thereby England, two against
one, but I felt that the forward running in here went too close to
the goalkeeper on the same line. If he had come out there, he would have
had a better chance, Brogdon. Not quite firing together, those two
forwards, Brogdon and Condon. Australia 2-0, less than 20 minutes
of the half to play. Australia threatening England's defence once
again. Delivery was poor. It goes behind for an England ball. Of the
lovely aerial through the Kieran Govers. England did well, forced him
wide. It looks like another card. Australia punished, this time. Matt
Gohdes gets a green. Yes, for an unfair challenge on Nick Catlin.
Matt Gohdes sits down for a couple of minutes, so shortly Jackson will
return to the of minutes, so shortly Jackson will
have a man over. In ice hockey, they call that a power. -- a power play.
Australia just happy to back it around, and then go high and look
for a long aerial ball towards Beale, who can't get anywhere near
it. England back to full strength, and they have a man over while Matt
Gohdes sits out the next 90 seconds or so. Dixon. Weir. Nice ball down
the line played precisely to Barry Middleton. Australia claim it was
out, the umpire tells them exactly what happened. Orchard, Ockenden
spread it to the left. Swann takes it down the centre for Australia.
Swann the knolls -- towards Knowles. Swann unceremoniously barged off the
field of play by Gleghorne there. Yes, good pressure from England.
Just forcing the free hit really. Australia very good at getting out
of a difficult situation, winning free hits when it gets close down.
Ockenden. Gleghorne. Weir. Weir tangling with the Australian. The
Australians have poached it again, attacking England's goal, first
shot, saved from George Pinner. Another attack from Australia. Matt
Gohdes is there, George Pinner equal to him. Weir, over one stick, cut
out by the second. Fox takes it for England, quickly. Fox looking for
options down the centre with Lewers, into the D.
England with a shooting opportunity, gloved away, and it is
safe for Australia for the moment. Very called by Andrew Charter there.
A nasty ball for defenders to deal with. Harry Martin gets on his nose,
but look at that, Jackson not quite able to get a stick on that and this
is the shot down the other end, Matt Gohdes coming in, crashing it in,
and look at that forward diving in. Good steal. Now the clock is
stopped. The umpires are in discussion. There has been a yellow
card shown to the Australian captain, Mark Knowles. I think they
must have had an extra player on the pitch again for a short period of
time, so the captain has been taken off.
OK, there you go. REFEREE: You have still got 11 players on the pitch,
someone else needs to go off. I can't help laughing at this, the
basic premise is you have 11 players on the pitch, someone gets sent off,
and you should have ten players on the pitch. The captain get a card
for that. Just to double check, you should be ten. Are we, or not?
LAUGHTER With the constant rolling
substitutions, it can get a bit confusing, but it should be 11
aside, unless people are out with a card. We need another person with a
job of counting people on the pitch all the time. Yes, it has cropped up
a few times during the Commonwealth Games hockey tournament. It started
in the World Cup when England played in the World Cup when England played
Argentina, Argentina had a guy sent off and then put somebody on
accidentally for two minutes. It could have been going on for some
time with nobody noticing. So the result of all that is that Mark
Knowles has a yellow card, which involves a five minute sit down, so
England have a man over for the next five minutes. The Aussie captain off
game for the moment. Let's CEF England can take advantage of this
situation. Australia ball. I find myself, in these situations,
constantly counting to see how many players are on the pitch -- lets see
if England can take advantage. The only thing that matters at the
moment is the score, I'm afraid, from England's point of view, but,
happily for Australia, they are leading 2-0. During the England
women's semifinal yesterday against New Zealand, there was a similar
situation. New Zealand had a player over and it was the England men
watching from the stands spotted it, one of their eagle eyed players
spotted there was an extra player on the pitch for New Zealand, let the
bench know, and New Zealand consequently had a player sent off.
It was their captain, Whitelock. speed. 13 and a half minutes of this
first half to play. The weather improving very slightly. The rain
has eased up, the wind has dropped a tad. Philpott for Australia. Good
pick-up at full stretch on the deck from Iain Lewers. Then he looks for
support behind. This is what Australia do really well, they make
it so hard for the defences to get the ball out and higher up the
pitch. They work very hard to cut down the options, particularly
through the middle of the pitch, and then they closed in like this, three
men on the ball carrier. Jackson finds his captain, Middleton. We
might need a bit of Middleton magic, just to get England back in this
game. Hoare. Jackson. Fox fires it in. England can't attract it. Now
they have possession, edging towards the D. England still in Australia's
half of the field. Hoare, into the D. No penalty corner, that is what
they were hoping for, it will be a free hit for Australia. Knowles is
an influential defender in the middle for Australia and you can see
they are in a little bit of disarray. If England can just put a
bit of pressure on them, they have another couple of minutes without
Knowles on the pitch. Highball. Oh, beautiful control in the air, and a
lovely pass as well to Orchard. Australia look menacing. Heading
towards Penna macro's goal. -- Pinner's goal. A swing and a miss,
England ball. High ball. Looking for Jackson on the right. Can't control
it. Jackson has not had a lot of chance to get into this game yet.
England have not had a lot of ball. Definitely one of the most talented
players on Park Definitely one of the most talented
the ball on his stick in Definitely one of the most talented
can do lots of damage. He Definitely one of the most talented
passing ability. Swann, lovely play from him, releasing Fergus Kavanagh
on the right, pushes it towards Beale. Beal takes it quickly, slalom
is his way towards the shooting circle, fired in, tidied up,
England, way down the right, a collision between Mark Gleghorne and
one of the Australians, Ciriello, who is a big unit. Takes a bit of a
crunch to flatten him. Gleghorne managed it. Yes, Chris Ciriello just
got himself in the wrong position, didn't he? Flat footed, had already
kicked the ball, and he knew he was in the wrong so he tried to get out
of the way but was slightly off-balance. Middleton and Iain
Lewers. Middleton has a turn and a look. Now a little burst of
acceleration, decent looking ball but Australia, aware of the danger,
reacting quickly. A good path from Michael Hoare,
finding Dan Fox on the right. A poor pass from Fox, though.
Yellow card over, Mark Knowles is back on the pitch. 11 a side once
again. I'm just going to count, to check!
Philpot, for Australia. Back to Ciriello. Over on the left, Mark
Knowles, who has just returned Ciriello. Over on the left, Mark
the field of play. Into the last ten minutes of the first half, Australia
2-0 England. Nick Catlin, calling for it on the
left-hand side. He was in space. Middleton did not see him.
Ockenden, running one of his darting runs again. Orchard, for Australia.
George Pinner had to react, and a flying stick as well as a spinning
ball. Chris Ciriello, holding it up and
calming down for a split-2nd, and leaving it for Orchard. He is happy
to go back to Mark Knowles. Ciriello, through the legs of
Jackson. It is a good move forward. Swann, lively again. The ball is
kept in solidly by Daniel Beale. And a good, sustained period of pressure
from Australia. Can England clear this? They have. Avoiding any feet
on the ball and any penalty corners. A little flick behind. Iain Lewers
with a crucial touch for England. Nick Catlin, looking around. He has
got Brogden to his left. But he looked for a second too long. At the
moment, Australia winning the midfield battle. You would think
with the players they have got in their previous god, all the midfield
players, they would be struggling -- without the players they had in
their squad. But they have so much strength in depth in that area that
they are causing England huge problems. And Australia are really
bossing the game, playing the ball around, making England work, sapping
the energy of the side in white. Zalewski's pass is a beauty, all the
way down to Australia's number 16. And into the deep. England have two
clear this. Shooting opportunity. -- into the D. No penalty corner.
Anxious looks from the England players, as the umpire's whistle
blew. England cannot really afford to let any mooring. They have done
well just to hang on in this game at the moment. -- any more in. They
just have to hope they can put something together, get a corner and
the other end, or a breakaway. They need some possession, which has been
lacking in the last five minutes. Matt Gohdes is on to this, but only
as far as Catlin. Spreading it to Jackson who takes it on himself. He
is held on and Matt Gohdes recovers after he loses possession. -- held
up. High ball forward. Such discipline in defence from
Australia. manoeuvre. Zalewski, back to Mark
Knowles. Shadowed by Mantell. It is a good move. Matt Gohdes,
edging towards the shooting circle. Backhand cross delivered but a
little too high for Australia. Paul and Graham on the sidelines must be
happy with this performance. They are keeping England under huge
pressure, England cannot put a stick on the ball and make any meaningful
inroads at the moment. England are not getting any space, as soon as
there is an England player on the ball, he is surrounded. That is the
way Australia play, they make it so difficult all the time. Once you get
your head down, that is it, they will close you down. You have to
know what you want to do almost before you get the ball. Ashley
Jackson winning possession for England. And Australia player is
down but England continue attacking. It is kicked behind and now the
Australia player can get some attention. He looks like he's in
trouble. Is it Daniel Beale? Or is it Zalewski?
UMPIRE: Can I get some help on for you? The physio has been called. It
is Daniel Beale. Both he and Zalewski were down. I think he did
his knee, did he? It looks like it is his leg, his knee or his ankle.
Actually, I think it is his ankle. The clock has stopped at four
minutes and 27 seconds. He looks in trouble, doesn't he?
Number 23, for Australia. It just kind of collapsed underneath him.
Daniel Beale, hobbling off the field of play. He has been replaced
immediately by Jacob Whetton, who has come on Frost ready. I think he
just rolled his ankle in the melee. Come on for Australia. He probably
tweaked his ligaments but he seems OK. They will put a bit of ice on it
and I should think he will be back on in short order. What I noticed,
while the game was shut down, all the Australians got in a huddle
together and England were standing around waiting. The Australians
obviously decided to have a quick team talk. Ashley Jackson loses his
stick and possession. High ball, and a big chase on for Trent Mitton. He
has got good speed and he is into the circle. He plays it back and the
penalty corner for Australia. That is all he was looking for. There was
no other option for him. Iain Lewers, well, he would have known
that but he still could not get out of the way. Good skills by Trent
Mitton but if you look, here, well, it just clicked his toe, didn't it?
Iain Lewers unfortunately could not get out of the way. Six penalty
corners, six shots on goal from Australia. Australia in deep
discussion about what is going to happen, near. Zalewski will inject.
-- what is going to happen, here. Australia lined up.
Australia's penalty corner. England have dealt with it so far.
Australia's penalty corner. England have They clear their lines. Better
defence from the England defensive unit on that corner. Middleton.
Harry Martin. Good ball skills. Just a metre to far. But he retains
possession for England. Less than three minutes for them to get
involved in the scoring in the first half. Australia 2-0 England.
Mark Gleghorne tried to pick it up but it bounced over his stick, and
Australia will fancy another attack or two before the first half comes
to its conclusion. Andrew Philpott. Back to Mark Knowles.
Dan Fox but only as far as Andrew Philpott, who has found Trent
Mitton, who holds it up. Backhand cross, taken sharply by Trent
Mitton. But no touch available for Jacob Whetton, who was riding in. --
sliding in. Quick thinking by Trent Mitton, a twisted his backhand,
putting the ball across to Jake Whetton and he was not far away.
England have done well to come back after their early... Well, a
calamitous start, really. It was a very early goal that they let in,
and a bit of a mistake for the second one. Since the 11th minute,
they have come back, worked themselves back into the game,
certainly in the middle part of the pitch. They have yet to make many
inroads up front. A chance, here. They need numbers forward.
Australia's ability to escape from defence is absolutely outstanding.
Iain Lewers, firing it down the right to Fox.
Iain Lewers, firing it down the the half.
Michael Hoare losing his stick. 30 seconds left and England can still
come forward. Iain Lewers with a lovely pass. Build towards the D,
via an Australian edge. -- drilled towards. That might just be that for
the first half. The clock is ticking down, ten seconds, high ball, in.
the first half. The clock is ticking down, ten The umpire blows his
whistle and the crowd will count down from five. Oh, they are a bit
cold and wet. The hooter has sounded for the end of a half dominated by
Australia. An early goal from White, backed up by the second goal from
Orchard, and the scoreline at half-time makes good reading for
Australia. So, England are trailing Australia
at the moment and we will discuss the first half in just a few
minutes. But first, let's get the news headlines from around the
world. We've got factory boys and butchers'
apprentices and office clerks Don't stop moving!
If you go back you'll die! Good morning. Do not pack items in
your hand luggage, that is the advice after this week 's problem is
with baggage handling. Outrage in Australia after a couple abandoned a
baby when they found out he had down syndrome. ?70,000 has been raised to
help them. Palestinian militants say they don't know where a missing
Israeli soldier is, and the Palestinian have been accused of
capturing him. He signed the New York City last month but now Frank
Lampard could be on his way back to the UK. The former Chelsea
midfielder is on the verge of joining Manchester city on loan.
Each figure represents a life lost in the First World War. 5000 tiny
models made of ice will appear in Birmingham today and the special
memorial will melt away a few hours later. More later. But right now,
act to the hockey. Yeah, I am looking for
a Prince Charming. I don't think I'm ugly, but I don't
think I'm, like, really pretty. I say, "You've got something
on your bum." "Really?" And I say, And it's about time
that I did something about that. Hello, and welcome back. We are
talking all things hockey, and I am delighted to say we have Emily
Maguire, Linda Clement and Amy Gibson on the sofa. Australia seem
in command against England. It was a great start of the game from
Australia, looking really dominant in the opening stages and I was a
bit worried with the English boys out there, but they have managed to
claw their way back into the game. They have had a couple of
opportunities themselves. They will be a
They have had a couple of opportunities themselves. little bit
disappointed not to have corner opportunities. They need to get
Ashley Jackson flicking from the top of the circle. He would be one of
their main goal scorers, so to give him a opportunity would be key to
their chances. Amy, Australia had six shots at goal, two of them went
in, they marked out what they wanted to do from the very offset, didn't
they? Yes, looked for the slap option at the top of the D. It went
through George Pinner's legs, I don't think he would be too pleased
with that but the second shot was very impressive, right in the
corner. He will be disappointed it went through his legs, but he has
picked himself up and made a few good saves after the goals have gone
in and kept his team in it. He has picked himself up after the goals.
Do the conditions make a difference version market is pretty wet over at
Glasgow Green at the moment. Not particularly, it is not affect your
vision, most people are used to it. It should not be too much of a
factor. The first goal was Tristan White, the second was Simon Orchard,
and at that point it looked as though the floodgates might start
open. Yes, two early goals and the English might have been worried at
that stage. The Aussies are really threatening every time they attack.
We can just take a look at this one now. Good elimination skills, and
bang, right in the corner, a difficult one to try and stop.
England just haven't had many opportunities. I think they had to
attempt at goal and could not get either of them in, but you need to
be to get the ball first before you can score the goals. Absolutely.
That is just one of the key parts of it. The Australian players just go
out and really dominate. They just seemed to want it more than everyone
else they play against. They go out there and they play very hard and
strong, and it is difficult to get the ball off them once they have got
it. It will be disappointing for any player to get to the stage and not
take part in the final. We saw Daniel bailed getting a bit of an
injury. Does not look good -- Daniel Beale. Do you think something has
gone? It is quite difficult to tell but at the business end of the
tournament you would be hoping you would be able to play. He will
hopefully be all right for the final. It would be disappointing for
any player to miss it at this stage. It has been an intense year for
hockey, with tournaments, especially at the Commonwealth Games, so many
intense games in such a short period of time. How much does that take its
toll? Australian men are a fit bunch, so I don't think fitness will
be a factor. Hopefully he will be all right. What kind of discussions
will be going on, this is maybe one for you Linda, to bring a team back,
and what would you girls be looking for your captain to say to you at
this stage? Hopefully, the captain will be in there, Barry Middleton,
telling them just to believe. Only two goals down, not a lot to come
back from, they just need to believe in the second half they can go out
there and get the corners. What would you say to them, Linda? I
would be saying we are firmly still in the game, just keep a defensive
platform, try to keep the Aussies out as much as possible and when
they are up there try to get shots in the circle, on target, and win
some corners. What Australia want to do now, Amy, is go out and get an
early goal and set the second half up. We have just outlined it, Inman
will be wanting to get out there and scored two goals, and in men's
hockey you can turn that around quite quickly, so they will be
looking to do that and put their mark on the game really early, and
just say, you are not back into this, if they get an early goal that
will almost kill off English chances, Australia, early doors in
the second half. Linda, when you go out to face a team like Australia
have such a flawless record here, it does not matter if it is the women
or the men, is it a psychological barrier involved in that as well, do
you think, for some teams? Absolutely, but the Australian men
and women are playing very well at the moment. You have to go into
every game of hockey believing you can win, absolutely, and respect
them as a team, but not fear them as a team, just try to take the game to
them. The second half will be getting underway shortly. One thing
I noticed down there yesterday was the atmosphere has been absolutely
fantastic. Could you girls feel that, because you must've had the
majority of the support throughout the last ten days? Yes, it has been
amazing. I can't say enough about how proud it has made me and the
rest of us to play in front of that crowd. I said earlier on about
playing in front of bagpipes, I have never had that before, so that was a
great experience and it definitely drives you on. It just gives you
that extra little edge when you don't think you have anything left.
Amy, did you have lots of friends and family here? Yes, lots of
friends and family, and they did not often get a chance to see me so it
was great to have them around. And the thing is it is not just for you
guys, you know, when your match finished yesterday, there seemed to
be a whole load of English fans and then the next thing you knew there
were a whole load of New Zealand fans, they are cheering for
everything, and the support will be equally good this morning for
Australia, and for England as well. It has been great. Everyone has been
coming out and there will be a lot of non-hockey fans out there, just
coming along to see a new sport, having a great day out. It has been
an incredible atmosphere. It will be an incredible second half, let's
rejoin our commentators. COMMENTATOR: We are ready for the
second half. Australia lead England's 2-0, and now Australia in
their green and gold will be attacking the goal to our left.
England with lots to do, plenty to think about, following the half-time
team talk from Bobby Crutchley. What they need is a goal, an early goal,
just to give England confidence that they can get back into the
semifinal. Australia have the first attacking move of the half, with
Kieran Govers heading towards the corner, the Australian number 27, he
delivers the ball across. It will be England's hit in. Dan Fox coming up
to take it for England. He leaves it for Iain Lewers. Lewers back to Fox.
Fox trying to run down the right, he runs in the Beale, who finds Mitton.
White. Ockenden. Into the D. George Pinner taking no chances, kicking it
away. Kieran Govers looking to nudge that into the path of Orchard up
front there. So, Pinner busy in the first couple of minutes of the
second half. WHISTLE Australia now camped out in this
attacking zone. England can break. Swann for Australia. Brown on the
left, acres of space in front of Brown. Well read, well dealt with by
Hoare. His pass to Jackson is held up for England. Ockenden.
Govers in the circle, looking for some service here. Ockenden steps up
to take it. Knowles. Into the corner, plenty of time and space
here for Australia, they will be looking for an England foot on the
ball. It almost felt to Govers. -- it almost fell to Govers. Just a
moment of relief for England as the umpire blows in their favour. The
little ball here finds White on the foot.
umpire blows in their favour. The little ball here finds Australia
finding an extra man on the backline. Orchard. Ciriello.
Knowles. Knowles a crossfield to Matthew Swann.
Michael Hoare gets his stick on the ball. Can he get out of this little
jam? He can. Lewers. Quick movement for England and Fox has it, via
Jackson. That was off the third of Ciriello. Jackson will take the free
hit. Michael Hoare. All the way down the
line, sliding pick-up attempt. No luck for David Condon. Mitton.
Mitton, great skills from Mitton to get himself into space there,
drilled forward for Australia. WHISTLE
Now, England with an opportunity to get something into the shooting
circle. They need to stay on their feet. Brogdon plays it all the way
back to Hoare. A high ball from Iain Lewers, looking for Fox. Fox flicks
it on, and sadly Catlin could not control it. England finding space
now but Miss controlling the ball, so they have done some little good
things, they are getting behind this Australian team on the last couple
of occasions, but they are just failing to control it. Orchard for
Australia, holds it up and runs towards the D. Back towards Swann,
Swann inside to sell loosely. Ockenden into the circle -- to
Zalewski. Well trapped by Henry Weir. A bit of
space opening up for England. Well trapped by Henry Weir. A bit of
space opening Nick Catlin's cross, just off the foot. The Australian
goalkeeper, Andrew Charter. Encouraging signs for England here.
A great ball in there from Nick Catlin. Good signs, as you say, for
England. They are finding space is now at the back of the Australian
defence. Australia head towards the circle, a
chance for the shot on goal saved by George Pinner. Australia fancy
another chance, this one is behind. Corner for Australia. Good work by
Australia, a great shot in by mixing it, but George Pinner was equal to
him this time. Andrew Philpott will sit out the
card here for Australia. Andrew Philpott will sit out the
next couple of minutes. Mantell provides the cross.
Henry Weir goes left to the edge, picks it up. Dealt with by
Australia. Aran Zalewski comes away with it for Australia, only as far
as Henry Weir. Sharp passing from England here,
writes to the edge of the D. A chance for a shot on goal. They are
looking for a penalty corner, but non-is given. You have got to keep
playing. Australia are tough, and you have to be tough in that area.
A bit of magic from Barry Middleton. That is what England need. They need
to get back in that circle as soon as possible. England have to leave
it behind. This was the push. It was shoulder on the shoulder. On another
day, they could have got a penalty corner for that.
England really need to make some of this pressure count. They have done
well and been able to get high into the Australian defence, particularly
when they had ten men. They are now back to 11, so that little hole has
blocked off. Philpot is back on for Australia. It doesn't help when the
ball fires straight off the side of the pitch, because England need to
get hold of that ball higher up the pitch, if they are going to do
anything with it. Australia have got the? Goals and are be happier of
the? Teams at the moment. Brogden slips and slides into an
attacking position. Jackson takes it up for England. England have not
finished yet. Michael Hoare drive it into the D, only as far as an
Australian stick. Australia are getting in front of the England
forwards and are cutting the ball out.
Players down everywhere, to make English players down,
Players down everywhere, to make Aussies is down and hurt as well.
Brogden got in the way there, and obstruction, and fell over. Long
ball to Mark Knowles. Good take for England, dealt with by
Mark Gleghorne, he was robbed of possession. Matt Gohdes almost with
a chance to break into space. That is where Australia thinks quickly,
they win the ball high, and then they are away. It did not come off
them. But they are thinking, Australia, England are playing a bit
better now. Still yet to win anything meaningful upfront yet.
Ashley Jackson for England. He it quickly. Nick Catlin just could
not make contact. Taken by surprise, he was not expecting the ball to
reach as far as his position. Australia with possession. England
have 22 minutes to score twice. A backhand shot, over the top. Ollie
Willars getting that backhand shot in, but Eddie Ockenden closed down,
got a stick on it over the bar, so it is a long corner.
The bushes, we are catching the end of the bushes, I know what is
happening, cut it out. I don't want to do it, that is why I am speaking
to you. OK? Pretty clear with his instructions,
a little threat to the players for pushing. He nearly put his hand in
his pocket. Eddie Ockenden got out quickly. He pushed the ball over the
bar. Long ball for Australia from one end of the field to the other.
It is behind. A silly mistake... That is looking for Michael Hoare.
The umpire gave the freeze it for two players being under the ball and
being dangerous to the defence. That is to be easy, and that is what
Australia do. As soon as the first free yet goes, that is when they put
their intensity in. A quick spin on the foot, and it is too easy. That
is what we have just told you we are watching for.
Australia are still discussing their options here. Chris Ciriello might
be there go to man here, the number five. He is lined up ready to take
this one. Australia's penalty corner, already 2-0, looking for
their third. It comes to Chris Ciriello. Saved.
Pressure over. Chris Ciriello went to the right, but saved by Michael
Hoare, or cleared by Michael Hoare, off the line. Well done.
Ashley Jackson on the left for England. The lead scorer in the
tournament with seven. Can he adds to his tally? England have a goal!
They are back in the match. David Condon's goal for England. He took
the ball down the back line and forced that pressure in the back of
the Australian defence. A lovely run by Ashley Jackson, look at that
fantastic little ball off his backhand, and David Condon forces it
back. It looks like it went back to Phil Roper it eventually, but a
little ball inside to Jackson. David Condon found Roper. It could have
been any of them. It could even have come off the foot of the defender,
but great pressure thereby England, and they get their reward. Australia
have moved playback to be at the end of the field. Less than 18 minutes
to play. Australia threaten again. England with some momentum. Nice
work from Govers. We think Harry Martin has been
awarded the goal, and meanwhile, Australia almost to score another
one. That was close! Alastair Brogdon there got a chance, put it
at the keeper and did what he had to do, but did not really get a hold of
it. Australia coming forward in numbers again.
Taken quickly. Cleared by George Pinner. Lovely aerial there. It
comes down to Alastair Brogdon. Plenty of attempts on goal in the
last ten minutes. It is all happening. Kieran Govers with a
missed shop there. Just over 16 minutes left to play. The game has
suddenly opened up, and England have more confidence. They are retaining
possession up high, but Australia are hitting back as hard as they
can. Into the danger zone, as far as
England are concerned. Nice work by Dixon to clear England's lines. Into
the corner. They find a way out of here, trying to go up stairs.
a couple of men forward. He cannot provide any service. High ball. The
keeper gets right to the edge of the circle. He read that really early.
He came up before the pass was played to be the sweeper on top of
the circle for Australia. The Australian was held up and he did
not like it come he continues on his way. Lots of attacking play, deep in
the second half now. Mantell for England. Back to we're'
Ashley Jackson, the creator of England's goal. Jackson to Nick
Catlin. He tries to run all the way round to deliver the ball in and
meanwhile Australia have come away with it. Middleton tries to tidy it
up for England. He gets England possession here. Michael Hoare plays
it forward to Dan Fox. There is space for England here. He flicks it
down the right. Martin. The scorer of England's goal. No Australian
feet on the ball. England have got possession. Highball forward.
Looking for Jake Whetton. Barry Middleton, let's see if he can be
creative for England. Pushes it behind. It will be an Australian
ball. That looked like a big tackle for nothing, Barry Middleton
crossing his stick. A wry smile. England have pushed their way back
into the game come if they can just make another one... That is what
they will be trying to do, putting Australia under pressure, but
Australia have had too much for them in the skill department. Swann at
speed. A bit of synchronised diving. Mark Gleghorn and Swann clashing.
Getting a bit of a surf in on the turf. Chris Ciriello drives it in. A
reverse shot and it bounces clear for England. Andrew Philpott. That
is better from the England goalkeeper. Andrew Philpott has a
bit of space in front. Mark Knowles. He finds a Simon Orchard. Penalty
corner. Yes, it is tempting to get too close, isn't it? It is not easy
to close them down. Well coming you cannot let him go, you have too
close him down and realise he is looking for your feet all the time.
Ten minutes to play, England are forced to defend. Australia are
still deep in discussion. The question is, high or low to George
Pinner. He has had one through the legs already. He has looked
vulnerable early on. The steadier man now. They have all sorts of
variations. Here it comes. Chris Ciriello's shot. Another penalty
corner. They were looking for the option on his left-hand post as he
is looking at the ball. There you are. Well, Dan Fox gets out to that
one. I think it was Alastair Brogdon who got out. That is normally the
job Dan Fox. Kavanagh might get his chance or will they use Chris
Ciriello again? It is Chris Ciriello! Coal! 3-1 Australia.
England are checking it. -- goal. They want to use their referral. The
runner blocks him out. This is an umpire referral. Can you check the
action happening in the middle? The runner out is being blocked. OK. Can
you check for the blocking as well, please? And whilst you are at it, we
will have a full-service! Everyone wants everything checked. It is a
good finish, isn't it? It is stopped outside the circle but was there
anything going on? He just does enough to move George Pinner out the
way. There is nothing blocking the ball or the target. I do not think
they are going to change that. I do not see any problems, there is no
reason to change the decision. That is the worst news as far as England
is concerned, the goal of Chris Ciriello will stand. Australia are
leading 3-1 with eight and a half minutes to play. They picked out the
head side of the goalkeeper where there is no line man, so if he can
get the goalkeeper moved, here. I don't think there's any need
for that now. Lots of chat between the umpires and players, that has
been a feature of the match and a feature of the whole tournament.
Jackson is forced to wait before he can take this. Good work from
Jackson, until Chris Ciriello woke up to the threat and reacted. Iain
Lewers goes down the line for England and he flicks it in. England
did not get a favourable bounce. And Australia move forward again. Aran
Zalewski chases after it. Michael Hoare tidies it up for England. Play
on. Daniel Beale is back on after injury earlier, he was appearing to
rove his ankle. He has been fixed up and sent back into play the last
seven minutes of this second-half -- rub. That was a bit of a mistake,
England with numbers. Alastair Brogdon with a flick inside. There
will be a card here. Well, he knew he had done a foul and he hit the
ball away. Swann tries to get it away before the whistle was blown
but the umpire says no. Dan Fox is looking for a foot, and he does not
get it. Five minutes on the sidelines for playing the ball away
after the whistle. England will have a man over for much of the rest of
the match but they have to defend this attack from Daniel Beale. He
feeds it to Dixon on the left who continues on. Middleton has Jackson
in support in front. Dixon is backing up. Middleton, the England
captain. He whips it across the face of the goal but no England stick is
there. Well, a good bit of work there. Always stretching to get the
ball across, always slightly out of reach. Uncomfortable. That is what
Australia do, they make it uncomfortable when you have got the
ball, they are in your face. They are always getting half an edge to
things, slowing the ball down and getting bodies in the way. Michael
Hoare. Playing the ball away after the whistle. Exactly the same.
Michael Hoare will have a five-minute suspension so they have
even things up. Martin Madden is calling the play on the other side
of the pitch as well now, so the players will be frustrated that he
is dominating. Michael Hoare gets a five-minute suspension as well. That
was for hitting the ball away after the whistle went. Ten aside for the
next four minutes or so. Martin tries to get the ball forward. I
thought that was the other way, actually. I must admit. That was
Kieran Govers hitting the ball away. He thought it was his free hit
and I did, too. He has been suspended. England are attacking and
they are running out of time, five minutes remaining. Two guys on the
bench, both for hitting the ball away, there are three players off
the pitch now. You must not hit the ball away after the whistle has been
blown. Kieran Govers and Swann out frustrating. England have a man
over. Iain Lewers. Martin tries to turn and attack. Shouldered out of
the ball and out of possession, there. It looks as though Mark
Knowles has taken a knock frustrating and he is coming off as
well. There is an injury change there. Just looking here, Harry
Martin, well, he tries to stop it, but those are the times when you
just are in the ascendancy, you see Ashley Jackson when the ball comes
in, he does not miss it. England have now lost their goalkeeper and
they have an extra outfield player. That is going to be interesting.
Yes, well England have decided to take the goalkeeper off. Dan Fox has
got an orange top on. They are allowed to do that which means they
have an extra outfield player. I guess that means they have two extra
outfield players because Australia have two off the pitch compared to
England's one. Desperate measures for England. In the dying minutes of
this match. The ball is bouncing, chance for a shot. England are still
looking for the elusive penalty corner. Nothing is coming their way.
The way things stand at the moment England will be heading to the
bronze medal match. Australia looked like they are guaranteed a medal.
Three and a half minutes left to play. This tactic is employed
occasionally when you are down and chasing the game, take the
goalkeeper off to give you a next outfield player but there is
obviously a huge risk that if anything comes of the other end, the
opposition is playing into an uncontested net. You have no
goalkeeper. Chris Ciriello plays it forward. Jake Whetton arrives and is
cornered by England. The urgency does not seem to be
there for England. They need to get forward quicker than this. They have
an extra player around this site if they need to transfer this ball.
They need to do it quickly. Dixon goes round, leaves it for Lewers.
Cleared by Australia. Good goalkeeping again from Andrew
Charter. England are camped out in an
attacking position. Nick Catlin heading towards the edge. An open
goal in front. Under two minutes left. Australia do
not need to go for goal, they just need to keep desertion of the ball
when they get hold of it. We are into the last minute and a
half of this semifinal. This is Australia, open goal, score.
Australia finish it off, 4-1 in front. Eddie Ockenden with the
simplest of finishes. That is all over. I think it probably was. It is
only one minutes ago now. That is the danger, if you can get behind
that defence into the D. An easy finish, three Australian forwards
against one. A vain dive there to stop can then putting that ball in
the net -- to stop Ockenden putting that ball in the net. You have got
to try. It is the semifinal of the Commonwealth Games. There is nothing
to lose. England will head to the bronze medal play-off tomorrow to
play either New Zealand or India. The user of that will face England
in the bronze medal match. Australia will face the winner of that match,
coming up later this morning. Australia will play either India or
New Zealand for the Commonwealth gold medal.
The matches all but over, the last couple of. And Australia have
demolished England by 4-1. ? In the first half, and two in the second.
Including the score at the tail end of the match by Eddie Ockenden.
England were unable to go all the way. They will have to regroup and
return on Sunday and battle it out for the Commonwealth bronze medal.
Australia have beaten England in the men's hockey semifinal. A good start
to the second half by England. They fought back. They got themselves a
goal. They could not really sustain the pressure and they used a a lot
of energy, and Australia were just too strong in the end. You can see
the difference in the opportunities created. Australia get four goals
from 17. England get one from five. That was the story of the game,
apart from the card count. Three yellow cards from Australia, tee
green cards, and that was all about the umpire sending someone off in
the last few minutes for hitting the ball away. Look at it I from the
second half. Sorry, the first half. The first goal from Tristan White. A
chance to slip across the top to Tristan White. Australia
chance to slip across the top to another goal with 11 minutes ago.
Simon Orchard finished off. The ball smashes past George Pinner's leg. A
good finish. And in the second half, Jackson came down and did a
beautiful ball inside the Jackson came down and did a
David Condon, who forced the ball along the back line, and Harry
Martin was creative with the goal at 52 minutes. This was a period when
England thought they were back in the game, only one goal down. A
lovely touch from Jackson. David Condon found Roper and Harry Martin
in front of the keeper, but Australia came back at 61 minutes,
Chris Ciriello, penalty corner, bottom corner again. They have
exploited that lower area and the umpire was asked for a referral. The
right-hand side, there is no stick stopper. A bit more difficult to get
down quickly if you are tall. And right at the death, 69 minutes,
England had a kicking back on, they were trying to force the pace of the
game, but unfortunately, a huge aerial set Eddie Ockenden free. They
had no chance, and it was an easy run to the goal for this Australian
team. Barry Middleton is alongside me now, the England captain. It was
a tough match. There were some moments you had a chance. In the
second half, we showed we could cause some trouble. It was a bit
hard at the end. We showed that we can contend with them and we can
have a real go at them, but our final push, we did not quite have
enough today. When you are up against a team at Australia and they
score so early, how much of a body blow is that, and how difficult is
it to recover from? It gives them some confidence and they can press
on, while we have to open up a bit and play. But we showed in the
second half and we could do it, we could get back into it. We were on a
roll, the crowd were behind us, and probably the third one was the
bigger body blow. You are an experienced England player. The
difficulty in picking yourself up after a defeat, at its elitist jaded
side as Australia, to get back the right attitude for the bronze medal
match, how tough will that be? It comes around so quickly. We come
back for a game in 24-hour is. But we have been through enough. That is
what hockey is. We usually play back-to-back games, we have done it
before. We will do everything professionally now and come out
flying again tomorrow. We want a medal. It is not the colour we
wanted. But we do not want to come in fourth place again.
Commiserations. Go get that medal tomorrow!
Australia have won every men's hockey Commonwealth gold medal,
which is incredible. They are on the march for another. They will be
taking on the winner of the match between New Zealand and India. You
can watch that match online, starting at 12:15pm. Now we had
across to Edinburgh for the final day of diving, and there has been
plenty of action already. We join Helen Skelton and Leon Taylor.
We thought we would get a late entry into the springboard. Obviously you
did not get the memo! I am so sorry! We have had the winning's 3m
springboard. All of the girls from the home nations are three. How
impressed Whately with LEC black? She did not have a great day
yesterday on the 1m, but she was diving very well on the preliminary
this morning. She has got a point to prove, and she is out there and she
will be in a good place for the final. Surprise gold medal for
Alicia Blagg the other night, hammers confidence will that had
given her? Becky did not go very well this morning, qualifying in 11,
but I am sure she will be up in the final receiving. And Grace Reid was
the darling of the crowd. Everybody was ecstatic for her, lots of people
cheering. She seems to be really encouraged by that. Yes, a
consistent performance yesterday and today in the preliminaries. She had
some difficulty, but she made it through, which is great. You can
hear the crowd, they are on good form. She's opting for some of the
easier dives. She is so consistent, she will make it through. Is a she
has opted for the easier dives, but we have noticed a lot of the easier
divers -- other divers messing up on some of the more difficult dive this
week. Yes, but Hannah starling is a force to be reckoned with. Will she
stand on the podium? She will need mistakes from Jennifer Abel, he was
the clear winner this morning, a silver-medallist four years ago.
Jennifer is it a powerful driver, the champion last night on the 1m.
She will be ready to upgrade her silver medal to a gold medal
tonight. We set the Canadians would be wanted it before this
competition, but they have not shown that debt. Jennifer Abel will dive
Last into my's final. They died in reverse order.
Three. But we look now to the men's 10m platform diving. A lot of people
are here to see Tom Daley, as 10m platform diving. A lot of people
are here to see Tom Daley, as well as the Scottish divers. It was such
a close competition last night in the synchronised competition. Such
theatre at the end. Tom Daley and James Denny were here or there. They
have been put together at the last minute, so it is good to see them
were laid off as they did. Their final dive, they ripped the roof
off. It was incredible. They were just on the wrong side of the gold.
The individual competition is up again. A rematch of Delhi. It is
just the preliminaries this morning with the final later. Everybody goes
through, only 11 in it, so the pack is shuffled and we will see what
happens tonight in the medals are awarded. I will let you take up your
commentary position, and a warning to your parents, if you are of a
nervous position, -- disposition, do not let your children watch! Matthew
Dixon is 14 years old and goes in this final against Tom Daley, James
Denny and Matt Mitcham, who pulls in a big crowd here in Edinburgh.
All of the 11 divers will be doing arm stands. The judges for the 10m
preliminary, looking at Matthew Mitcham's programme, he does not
have one big dive, but three big dives in this programme. Yes, it is
common for most of the elite in the world, all six of their dives are
going to be way up there. It is similar to Tom Daley's programme.
Anything that you see is incredibly difficult, probably apart from
Matthew Mitcham's first eyed, -- dies.
or room for error when you are bursting at the biggest and most
difficult dives, a limited degree of difficulty, if you like. So mistakes
can be made. I don't suppose it matters very much this morning, but
you want to be in a good position in the reverse order, so where ever you
place placed this morning, that defines the order you start in the
final receiving. All the athletes go through, so it is a chef of the
pack. To make my day, we are starting with an arm stand. For
those of you who don't know, I get the jitters at with arm stands.
We saw him in Istanbul doing a windscreen wiper impression on the
board because of the wind. Divers do this as a matter of routine. Arm
stand, act double somersault, 2.5 twists in the free position for the
first of the Australians, Domonic Bedggood.
Nice dive for him. 3.6 difficulty. He is a very good twister. Look at
this. Wrapping those arms in. 2.5 twists, checking out, he used to do
some trampolining some stage in his training. That is a trampolining
twist position with his arms down low. He cranks up the twist very
quickly and get a good finish. 91.8 to open at this preliminary. And
that is from a man who says that 3m is his favourite event! He is not
very shabby on the 10m either. Good to see him back, he was with us
earlier in the week. And our Indian diver on the ten-metre board now,
Siddharth Pardeshi, who will go through to the final tonight,
because we do not drop anybody. He is opening with a forward 3.5
somersault. All quite high terrorist dives for the young Indian diver.
is still to come. He was making a meal of this died in training. --
dive. Only getting 6.5s from the judges. It is one that he struggled
with in training. He has got his 57 and that is not bad start from
Pardeshi. Tom Daley. This is something different from the arm
stand that we saw earlier. He is the defending champion from Delhi.
Double defending champion, although he did not defend his ten metre that
form synchro last night -- platform. He is trying to defend
this title. I am speaking in hushed tones after he said he could hear me
last night. 3.5 difficulty for Tom Daley. CHEERING
Well, that is consistent on the take-off and he has been working
very hard, training at the London aquatic Centre now. Strong,
squeezing into the pike shape, looking good, but he goes over
vertical, add it of splash, so we will not be seeing the nines that we
associate with this young man, we will be seeing 7.5s. 73.5, that is
nice. And here it is his ten metre synchro
partner, Silver medal yesterday, not quite in the 3.5s, 3.2 for James. He
will go with an inward three in a hot summer starts -- somersaults in
tuck. Steady opening dive from James
Denny, big opening night last night next to Tom Daley in the synchro.
They were unlucky to narrowly miss out on the gold medal. He will get
eight is from the judges on this, exactly what he will be looking for.
No hangover for James Denny from last night. Straight into the thick
of the action and straight in with some good marks. We have an even
younger Englishman still to come. When they had the line-up it looked
as though he was in the wrong crowd. We will introduce him next after we
have seen Li from New Zealand. He is back on the board at the retiring
and becoming a coach for a while. Three and a half somersaults with
pike for the New Zealander. That dive just got away from Li there.
The take-off looked good, squeezing into the pike shape. Spotting the
water each time. Talking in his chin and over rotating, lots of splash
being thrown. The splash moves away from the diving board. -- tucking.
Something to work on tonight for him. Five and a halfs do not really
cut it, remember. Look at this show man. 14 years of age. From Plymouth.
Bronze at the European Juniors last time. British champion. Personal
best of just under 400. Three and a half somersaults, 3.0. Good work,
Matthew Dixon. best of just under 400. Three and a
half somersaults, 3.0. Good He is so short that his head barely comes
above the safety bars on the ten metres. Beautiful pike shape. No
daylight in between his chest and thighs. Squeezes into the pike
shape. He needed more of a rip, you can see him spreading his arms to
try to get the suction. His coach is giving him feedback. That will be
welcome. That is a good start. Making his debut at the Commonwealth
Games at the age of 14, he will have nerves, but they must be dissipated
by now. Forward three and a half. That is a well executed dive. Good
entry into the water, hardly any splash. Toes pointed. There is not
going to be much change out of 8.5 for that one. These are the marks.
Three eights. He represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. But
with injuries, he came down to three and one, so his ten metre days are
done. He suffered a terrible injury. Doing exhibition diving for a kind
of circus really. He sustained very bad injuries indeed. He has a metal
plate in his arm and everything else. Arm stand, triple somersault
with tuck. 3.3 attached to this one. Just a bit short of vertical as he
goes in but everything else was very precise, spot on come in fact.
Squeezing into generate the rotation. His feet are flat. The
judges were penalised him for being scruffy and slightly short of
vertical. 72 for Bouchard. We have just had two Canadian divers back to
back. Now Malaysia have two entrance. Australia have two.
Forward three and a half somersaults with pike for Yiwei from Malaysia.
We have seen good dives from him on the three metre board. We will see
how it translates onto the ten metres. It is important to spot the
water every time. One two, three, he has a look but he does not have the
spot to line up for. The dive tips over. These are the marks. He is
above Dixon and Li. And five other divers. Just to reiterate that the
latecomers, there are only 11 divers. There will be no exclusions
this morning, everybody will progress through unscathed into the
final on the ten metre board. Liang Of Malaysia. Two and a half
somersaults with one another half twists. We have seen some big dives
in his programme. Very steady, strong opener. Only 3.2 degrees of
difficulty, some of the divers have a more complex set of dives. Really
good marks for this. It should be near the top three. I do not think
anyone will catch him. That does take him into third place. Mitchell
does not have one big dives, it is 33.6s. He does start with his
easiest, 3.0. That is a beauty. Wow. Game on. Matthew starting with his
easiest dive, and this will be nines across. Maybe 9.5 if any of the
judges are feeling like flexing their judging fingers. On the
scorecards. Rip entry. No splash. Nine, nine, nine, not quite
emergency time yet for Tom Daley. Diving out of his socks come out of
his boots. The first round is complete. An Australian one-two.
James Denny being Blish men with 78.4 Afterburn first round. -- after
the first round. A decent start for Pardeshi from India. A brilliant
start from this Australian in round one. Dominic Bedggood, the gold
medallist from the synchro. Inward three and a half somersaults with
tuck. For the Australian. Well, after that exceptionally good
opening dive, just throwing up a bit of splash as he enters the water,
technically the dive is good until about now, he does a very fast
forward role under the water and he throws up too much splash, he missed
times the roll. Those three marks give him the lead for the time
being, after his impressive opening dive. Pardeshi from India. A great
boon to Indian diving to have him in Delhi four years ago. Quite a few
have been inspired to come through after this young man. He is not last
at the moment. He is avoiding the final spot which goes to Li from New
Zealand. Well, Pardeshi was having a good think about that. Looking over
quizzically. Why was he taking so long? I have no idea. He obviously
come poses himself and think through what he needs to do, but that is the
worst thing you can do on the edge of the diving board, Clayton mind,
control your breath and off you go. He needed to extend into the water.
Did you have a routine? I used to say, one, two, three, go in my head.
You say it out loud for the synchro. Some people take a long time. Others
like to get into action straight away. Some people like to get out
onto the board quickly and others cogitate a bit. A big exhalation of
breath. This is the dive he has been having challenges with. He has been
talking through this with the sports science people. That is why he is
taking a big breath, taking a little bit longer. Yes, he just loses it a
bit on the take-off, composing himself, doing the right thing but
he misses the leg extension, so he struggles to get the twists done.
Running out of room a bit and the dive clearly finishes very short. He
is not far away from getting it right. He is nearly there but he
needs to be a little bit more patient on the take-off, he knows
what he's doing. He will come back and that will be fine later. That
seems a bit harsh from the judge. Eight back somersault with tuck from
James Denny, off to a solid start in third place.
He doesn't use a towel, like some people, for the arm stands.
Nice! Steady arm balance, 3.3 degrees of difficulty. The chin is
quite lifted, but he knows where he is. Is it crossover as he enters the
water, and they banged together at the ankles, so not quite in the
control of the position that he needs. Amateur of that though the
judges see? There is a lot to take in in 1.5 seconds. The judges watch
this all the time. They can recall what happens in 1.8 seconds.
Hopefully. Onto Fengyang Li. 3.5 somersault with tuck. 3.2.
Just a little ambitious on his exit from the dies. He needs to wake
slightly longer in his tuck position. That is Flash. Just a bit
too ambitious he needs to wake a fraction of a second longer. Still
good. All right, 7.5. Never bad to get that. Eight and nine will be the
real deal later in the day. A lot of the future is around this week for
English and British diving. Matthew Dixon, 14 years old, 2.8 for the
young man. Reverse 2.5 somersault with tuck. Dwarfed by that platform.
Go on! Beautiful dies. -- dive. The degree of difficulty is of course
low because he is of course low because he is only 14 years old. He
reaches back, let's give him hate. He gets into the water with a bit of
splash. He wants to know all about it from
his coach. 8.5s discarded, but thumbs up from Matthew Dixon.
Vincent Riendeau, doing an arm stand. We saw Tom Daley do the
triple somersault, now we see Vincent Riendeau with the back
double somersault, 1.5 twists in the free position, 3.2 for the first of
the Canadians. Very well executed, good technique,
fast twist. The all-important vertical entry into the water, he
does lose his seat bid as he is twisting, rolling over for a
fraction into the water. Other than that, it is good. 3.2 degrees of
difficulty. 73.6 is the total mark for him.
Maxim Bouchard, one of the divers who retired and decided to come back
into the fray. Forward 3.5 who retired and decided to come back
into the somersault is. Good take-off, strong, throws his
arms forwards to generate the rotation. It all looks good so far,
just lining up into the water and letting the dies move a fraction
over the vertical. Still a very good dive. The marks are fairly similar.
All around 7.5 or eight. We are seeing the same dies back to
back here by the Malaysians, a slightly different version by
Matthew Mitcham afterwards. Arms down, the two Malaysians will do the
same dies here. Good technique from here.
again, he lets it overrun a bit, so the splash coming towards us. 6.5,
rather than something higher. The Australian Matt Mitch is still
to come, with a slight variant on what you are about to see now.
Much better from Ooi Tze Liang. A bit better than his team-mate, who
let the dive rollover. He is very precise on the entry. He reaches
forward with his arms. This will be 8.5. Very good dive. 78.40. In
effect, what you will see now from Matt Mitcham is an extra twist being
added. So instead of it being 3.3, we are up to 3.6. He has three in
his locker that are 3.6. An extra degree of difficulty. 78 will take
in both Domonic Bedggood. At the moment, Tom Daley is in last place,
if this goes well for Matt Mitcham. Search good twists. Not quite as
good as his team-mate, Domonic Bedggood. There is the extra twist,
so much more complicated, so much more can go wrong. Matt Mitcham just
goes over the vertical, so he will probably be getting seven for that,
but it is a good degree of difficulty. A bit of work to do on
that. He goes into second place. You can see something in a caption in a
moment that you don't see often in international competition. Where is
Tom Daley? Is not on that page. James Denny is the first of the
English men in fourth place. Tom Daley is right at the bottom. Just
to reiterate, it is the morning preliminaries, nobody goes home.
Everybody progresses, and there is work to be done on both those
opening two dives. Round three. We will be halfway when this round is
completed. Domonic Bedggood, the Australian, has had a fantastic
opening. Let's see what he can do on his third round dive, which is a
back 3.5 somersault with tuck, 3.3. This is the dive that was weak for
him in the synchronisation yesterday. He had some difficulty
spinning backwards. You can only see where you have been, not where you
are going. He is just turning into banana man at it as he hits the
water, arching through his entire body. A drop dies from Domonic
Bedggood. He is getting worse in terms of the
programme, he started well. A little chat going on there in the
background with Matthew Dixon as he prepares for his third round, coming
up in a few dives time. Siddharth Pardeshi, one of a couple
of Indian divers here at the Commonwealth Games. 2.9, one of the
lowest dives we will see. Back to .5 somersault with Pike.
I am not sure whether the long think at the end of the diving board is
doing him the world of good. Thinking, thinking, thinking, at it
can get in your way. Clear your mind, Breeze, take-off. Mind you, it
is pretty scary up on the 10m board. I know what the mind games are that
you sometimes play on yourself when you are standing up there. You are
like a rabbit in front of the headlights. With the dies or the
coach decide that? Is it instinctive when you are up on the board? Each
diver varies. Tom Daley. Time to go. Show us why you are world champion,
Olympic wants medallist, which we have not so far seemed.
He is in last ways, not where he wants to be. 3.2 on this. There you
go. There is to answer. Com posed, ready to rock and roll, and that is
a beautiful inward 3.5 somersault in the tuck position. That is what many
people have come to expect in competition. We will not see too
many nines. He is entering the water at about 35 mph. You can just see
the shoulders and the back just take it.
If you land at a skewers angle, it is landing on concrete. A big dive
for James Denny, back 3.5 somersault is with pike, with all the dangers
that come with your ante. Much better from James Denny. This is one
of the dives that he made a mistake on last night. He has corrected his
errors. Now, he is upright into the water, throwing up a bit too much
splash, so he will only get 6.5 from the judges. This is a huge degree of
difficulty, but he has done well this morning. Well done. A couple of
6.5s in there, and a 6.0. He is talking to his coach about how
that went. Fengyang Li of New Zealand. He is
attempting his third round dive, 2.3, back 3.5 somersaults with tuck.
Beautiful dive from the New Zealander. He is the only one in
this competition, Fengyang Li, opting for the back 3.5 in the tuck
position, bending at the knees and hips. He has got his feet flat
there, which is where we have got the expression, he has got his boots
on, from. A beautiful dive, great rip entry into the water, hardly any
splash. 8.0 from the judges. That is where am posing yourself, waiting at
bit, worked well. It worked well for the New Zealander. Great to see this
young man, 14 years old. gymnastics, and he plays football.
Arm stand, forward, double somersault with twist. 3.1.
That was a solid, steady tide, good balance and he was unfazed by the
enormity of the occasion. -- dive. It is tricky to get the rotation,
flicking your legs, getting out, one twist, there is a lot going on. One
of his more complicated dives. He does a really good job on this. It
takes longer to say it than do it. 6.5s across-the-board. For the
14-year-old. He won gold in the English schools championship when he
was ten. We knew that he would be one of the future and here he is at
the Commonwealth Games four years later. Riendeau Of Canada. A decent
start. This will very shortly be a reverse three and a half somersaults
with tuck. Very nice. He holds the dive dutifully into the water. This
is dangerous and tricky, you have two jump away from the diving board
but spin back towards it. His head is frighteningly close to the
concrete. That it was a safe enough distance for Vincent. A little bit
of splash as he goes in. Yes. Curious. The other Canadian in the
programme in this event. Bouchard. A reverse three and a half with tuck.
3.4 difficulty on this. The Canadians are pretty much joined at
the hip. They are in fifth and sixth position after round three.
It worked for him, that was an unusual technique, standing there as
if he was facing inwards. Anyway, whatever the technique he needed to
use in order to get off the diving board obviously work for him, he did
not have a lot of room to finish the dive. Pointing his toes to the
ceiling. That is very good. He will get over 80 points. I fought he was
going to go but then he did not go on that dive. Very strange. We will
see how it goes tonight when he does it. That has taken him into the
lead. That dive. Three still to come. Two can overtake Bouchard at
this stage. He is going with a 3.3. He has a 3.4 still to come. I am not
sure he will hold onto his lead but it is possible. Three and a half for
Yiwei in the tucked position. He botches that dive. It shows you how
complicated the dives are. It is easy to make a mistake. The take-off
looks OK. He has do squeeze in. He lets go away too early and he drops
his feet, arching his spine. He lands very short of vertical. Not
many marks will be coming his way. He is looking back to see what he
did wrong. His coach and he will now have a discussion about it. They
need to repair the damage done this morning. He will have to make sure
he moves on to tonight. Tze Liang Is next up. Forward three and a half
somersaults with pike. The most basic dive. 3.0. Once again,
spotting the water on each somersault, his head moves slightly,
and he has enough time to punch a hole in the water in the grab
position. Fabulous dive. Some divers use towels and others not. Is there
any reason? They preferred to have the comfort of having a towel
although it is a nonslip surface. It provides a bit of comfort or grip.
He is in second place but he is set to pounce on the lead once again. 72
on the reverse three and a half somersaults with tuck. That is
superb from Mitch. -- Mitcham. We knew it would be a closely fought
final later. Matthew Mitcham is in good shape, he has been injured
quite a few times over the past six years as he was Olympic champion.
But now he is on the middle form and this is an example of that. I
suppose he is laying down the gauntlet. Matthew Mitcham is looking
very strong as he has done on the one and three meter boards this
week. He is going right through the ranks. Tze Liang In second and James
Denny is the best placed Englishman. Matthew Dixon has a lower tariff
programme. Just behind Tom Daley. All 11 of these divers will progress
to the final on the 10-metre platform this evening. It is just a
case of jockeying for position, getting the best start place and
trying to go through your routine as best you can. Three and a half
somersaults with tuck for one of the Australians. Sixth place so far,
Dominic Bedggood. Not one of his favourite dives. His last round dive
was three and a half, similar to this one. Jumping forward and
spinning back towards the diving board but not looking back as he
entered the water, that is what he needed to do to improve it. Going
from short of vertical to upright. Ultimately that is why he scores
7.5s. Siddharth Pardeshi, he already has a 3.2 in his programme. This is
his second highest tariff dive. Reverse to another half somersaults
with pike. The only Indian diver in this competition. -- two and a half.
It is not working for him, is it? I think the crowd reaction says it
all, he jumps away from the diving board, it is a long way round when
you are in the pike position. He is looking for extra difficulty but he
does not know where he is. His aerial awareness is faltering. He
lands on his back. Look at the splash. I do not like to tell him
what to do, but I do not think that 25 seconds or whatever it is taking
him to complete the dive is doing him any favours. He is not where he
wants to be. Let's hope that changes. We should put a clock on
him next time to see how long it takes. Forward forerunner half --
fora and a In the tuck position for Tom Daley.
Wow, wow, wow. Very similar to the forward four and a half he performed
last night in the sink rope next to James Denny. This is very difficult.
3.7 degrees of difficulty, the most complex dive. If you get this right
you could get 100 points and he has smashed it. He left himself some
work to do after round 2. But that is good work from Tom Daley. He was
at the bottom of the pile, that is not where we expect you to be, and
now he is at the top, for the time being at least. Here is James
Denny's three and a half somersaults for the second of the English
divers. The one who, after round three, was doing the best. Well, bit
over vertical as he went into the water, great take-off. It was better
than last night in the singular event. He jumps a little bit
far-away from the board so he makes it's difficult for him. His toes are
a bit high towards the ceiling. He needs to exit a little bit sooner to
stop himself from over rotating but that is good from James Denny. No
longer the best being wish men. He moved alone Tom Daley and Dominic
Bedggood as well, James Denny. The win the silver medal the synchro. --
winner of the Silver. Two entrance for New Zealand, no females, just to
males. -- two males. 3.4 attached to this one. A reverse three and a half
somersaults with tuck. The same dive as we saw from James Denny. James
Denny over rotated. Li from New Zealand under rotated. Short and
vertical. Hitting him on the back of the cards. Short of vertical. --
calf s. Now, the next four divers, five out
of the next six, will all do this dive. Inward three and a half
somersaults with tuck. The only one who will not is Tze Liang.
Rot and entry into the water. My goodness. -- what an entry. That is
remarkable. He looks younger than 14 when he is diving but what an entry
into the water. It is not unusual to have strapping on the wrists. It is
working out well for Matthew Dixon. He needed to straighten out quicker.
That is why the marks were only 7.5s. He did not straighten out in
one movement. You have seen the future of British diving. Victoria
Vincent, 13 years of age, and he is 14. It is amazing that we have such
talent coming through. Vincent Riendeau from Canada. 3.2. Currently
ranked in fifth place. He was almost exceptional, it is still a very good
dive. The take-off is bang on the money. Really good, spin, spin,
spin, look at that. A clever little pike. His feet flat around a bit in
the air. More to come from that young man. It will be quite a
competition tonight. Not quite as good and stride as some people
thought. There will be some others knocking at the door, and Vincent
Riendeau might be one of those. Maxim Bouchard, we will see this
dive, inward 3.5 somersaults, and it needs eight to go
dive, inward 3.5 somersaults, and it needs above Tom Daley.
Just marginally over rotation. He squeezes into the tights took shape,
and a fraction of over rotation. But close to the top of the leaderboard.
He gets two 7.5s, and 18, just about enough to leave him ahead of Tom
Daley. Chew Yiwei of Malaysia will carry on
with the same dive. He was down at the bottom of the
pack before this round, in 10th place. That will help. That was much
more like it. He opted to use a towel, for comfort. 80 points, good
work. It helps his cause. It is not moving up the leaderboard is
terribly much, but he moving up the leaderboard is
terribly much, but might get a slightly more fortuitous start later
on. Back 3.5 somersaults with tuck. This
man has been right on form this week, very good indeed. Ooi Tze
Liang. Is mashed it! That was beautiful. He
was the 3m Commonwealth champion. Here he is, doing all the events,
just arching his back excessively. But his entry into the water was
good. He is just getting the feedback from
the coach. And then forget it, because it is done, there is nothing
you can do now. Next dive. The next dive is the current leader, Matt
Mitcham. He has got two more 3.6s in his locker yet. This is mid range
for him. The inward 3.5 somersaults, well within his comfort
zone. This could take him back into the lead. It will get more than
seven, but that is one of his easiest dives. His entry into the
water, not quite straightening out completely. His backside is sticking
out. He just eases in front of Ooi Tze
Liang. We had a few scraps opening up here, with Matthew Mitcham just
in front of Ooi Tze Liang, the leaders have two big dives at the
end. We have seen this dive a lot, and we
have seen it go wrong. Performed well, it is a thing of beauty. 3.7
is the degree of difficulty. A pivotal dive for every dive. When it
does go wrong, it can be very costly. When the water slaps you,
you certainly know about it. That is what happens to dominate a good
year. He gets a slap from the water. Lots of splash is thrown up. Our
round one leader will now be tumbling back towards the bottom of
the leaderboard. Ouch! He does not even make it to 30 points. That will
send him hurtling down, possibly down into Siddharth Pardeshi range.
This time he will run, so he will not be waiting at the end of the
board. Forward 2.5 somersaults. There you go. He did not spend so
much time thinking about it, just let the dive happened. He did well.
One twist. A low degree of difficulty at 2.9. One of the best
dives we have seen from him. 46.4. We have seen a varied
performance from Tom Daley. 3.6, another big tariff dive for the
Olympic bronze-medallist, and the defending champion from Delhi four
years ago. This should take in well over his current score.
Will they give it tens? It is perfect. At 3.5 somersaults in a
pike position. He waits, now you see me, now you don't. Come on, judges,
warm up! I know it is only the preliminary, but that should not get
any change out of 9.5. Beautiful dive, great fifth round dive for Tom
Daley. We are seeing a real mix from him
this morning. James Denny was in the higher
echelons because of the people were not doing quite what they should do.
What he has to do is perform this 3.6 agree of difficulty, another big
tariff dive for him, back to .5 somersaults, 2.5 twists.
That is really good for James Denny. This is the dive that he had
difficulty with in round two. He just loses his seat at it in the
twist. The judges were penalised that. He does well to get round on
the finish. A bit too much splash. The take-off is good. Well done,
James Denny. That is five and systems dives from this young man. A
nod of approval from him. I think the coach is quite happy. They will
talk about the nuances of what can be better.
With an arm stand, you are allowed to wait for as long as you like. Arm
stand, back double somersaults, 1.5 twists for Fengyang Li of New
Zealand. He has a towel up there to cushion the hands.
Just letting the dive run over vertical as he goes in. It is very
complicated, because you have to get the twist done before you get into
the pike, and he has over rotated on entering the water. Less than 50.
49.6. Due to his age, the lower tariff, but this is his biggest one.
This is the back 3.5 somersaults with tuck. This is a giant for him,
3.3. I thought Tom Daley was diving well.
Not too many flashes there. Matthew Dixon did not really get this one
down as he did in training. He squeezes into the tub shaped, but
runs out of room, ending short of vertical. A big dive for such a
small teenager. The future is here, and it is now,
for Matthew Dixon. He knows he will be back for the final tonight.
Vincent Riendeau has shown some signs that he could be a medal
contender tonight. It is just a case of going through these dives as well
as possible for tonight. Back 3.5 somersaults. That his well honed.
Just dipping his feet as he enters the water, so he will not get
eights on this, but he will not be far off. Take-off is good, but his
feet need to improve. They are flapping around. The entry into the
water is good. A great dive. A bit of room for improvement, and he will
be knocking on the door of the top three. Vincent Riendeau, up into
second place for now, with four or dives still to come -- four more
divers still to come. Maxim Bouchard, currently in third place.
Another good entry from the second Canadian. The same dive. They have
been matching it yet exactly, so we can do a Canadian comparison all the
way through. This is almost as good as his team-mates. It might be
slightly lower on the total score. It was not quite as neat and tidy as
his team-mate, Vincent Riendeau. Not bad for Maxim Bouchard. 75.9, which
will put him in behind Tom Daley. Chew Yiwei is number ten in the
pecking order right now, and he will be looking to improve on that. He
has in his dive list a reverse 3.5 somersaults with tuck. This is a big
dive. Good from Chew Yiwei. He really made
a mess of this in practice just before this competition. It is a
dive is not so confident with. Just entering the water marginally short
of vertical. He is trying his hardest to keep the splashdown. Goes
over 300, as everybody except for Siddharth Pardeshi has done.
Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia. His second -- it is second behind
Matthew Mitcham. that with a 3.6. That was good from
Tze Liang. He is doing well this morning. He is able to remain calm
and consistent, we will see if he can do the same this evening. The
Malaysian goes head-to-head with the best in the Commonwealth. He has
done very well today. He is a real contender for a medal. Getting the
gold-medal at three metres. Onto the leader. Reverse three and a half
somersaults. He has two and a half twists at the end of his programme.
Eight will put him above Tom Daley and back into the lead. That will
not be good enough for him to top the leaderboard. Making difficult
work of that dive. It is a difficult dive. Tom Daley got a perfect ten
for this dive from one of the judges. Daly drops in round two and
Mitchell in round five. And now we shuffle the pack once more. It is
amazing how things can change so radically in the ten metre diving.
Going from first to fifth as Matthew Mitcham just did with that dive. Tom
Daley is now in first. A round of applause as they are announcing it
on the big screen. A benchmark set by Tom Daley.
Dominic Bedggood, 3.6. Like his Australian team-mate on the final
dive. This man started so well but he has faltered. He is a good
twister. This is his effort on the twist. It is as difficult as it
gets. This is the dive that Tom Daley chose to do second and he did
not do very well. Dominic Bedggood did OK. Like all of the other ten
will return for the final tonight, just in case you are feeling as
though the order was important. Siddharth Pardeshi. A bit of
though the order was important. Siddharth Pardeshi. A bit leeway on
this one. Arm stand, backed double somersault with half a twist in the
pike position. Arm stands are often undervalued. He's off. What a
combination. He went really quickly. Showing steady balance is important
with an arm stand so he may be penalised. He has nailed the entry.
A low degree of difficulty, but little splash. The judges will
penalised him for not showing steady balance at the start. Only half a
second. That is why the marks are as they are. A real range from
Pardeshi. You have to look up and see what he is doing. He needs
better rhythm in his routine. Tom Daley is looking more comfortable up
there. He is in decent form in 2014. He has shown a few spasms here. It
is good, very good. Stunning dive. Front four and a half. In round
four. Around five, as good as perfect, and this is on the money.
He will get nines. A big dropped died in round two. There is much
more to come from this young man. -- dive. That is his new coach from
London. Only three scores count. The next Englishman to go is James
Denny. Forward four and a half. 3.7 degrees of difficulty. He is
preparing himself, he once every little thing to be perfect before he
sets off. -- he wants. Forward four and a half. A little short of
vertical from James Denny. They really put in a lot
vertical from James Denny. They the hard work but he needed to wait
a fraction longer before stretching out for the water. He will go over
400. A good programme of dives from James Denny. That is just a marker
for tonight. We will see if he can improve later. Tom Daley followed by
James Denny, one and two. It is unlikely that James Denny will be
taken off second place by this. Very steady finish from Li. Opting for an
easier dive. An easier degree of difficulty. You can see how the
degree is calculated, you get an extra 0.4 for an extra twist in this
particular category. Playing it safe, doing well. Taking a good
score into the final. Bunching up around second, third and fourth. He
has made it worse by doing that! Matthew Dixon. He could well be
pushing for a medal. Using his experience. Enjoying the atmosphere,
enjoying a major international event. Forward two and a half
somersaults with one twist from the 14-year-old from Plymouth. As you
requested, on the money. A bit of a launch pad take-off. He threw
himself into the middle of the diving board. Into the twist and the
rest of the two and a half somersaults. Clean and tidy. A bit
of over rotation and throwing up a bit more splash than he would have
wanted. It has been a good programme of dives. Big smile. I would say he
was nervous. But he does not show any signs of it being his first
major international competition. There is no expectation. He can go
out and have fun. Possibly one of the medal contenders for to night.
Riendeau Has to be one of those if he can replicate this morning and
slightly improve upon it. Back two and a half with one and a half
twists. He has done very well. A few more of those than I expected. One
and a half twists. Two and a half somersaults. Over 70 points when you
do it like that. Outclassed by a diver doing an extra twist.
Especially when they get it right. do it like that. Outclassed by a
diver doing an extra twist. There is a risk reward balance. Very nice.
7.5s across-the-board. We will see Ooi and Bouchard doing that as well.
He has changed his programme around. He does not have a big, big
dive at the end any more. It is not the same dive. It is the same dive.
Maxim Bouchard from Canada. Well, Canada like-for-like. Following his
synchro partner with the same dive, the previous four, just a little bit
low on the take-off. One and a half twists with two and a half
somersaults. They are much of a muchness, these two. Yes, and they
are getting back together as well. Bouchard is just a smidgen ahead.
Chew Yiwei The that is a lot to expect -- that is.
That is a marvellous dive for Chew Yiwei to finish on. Moving away from
the diving board a bit too much which adds to the chances of over
rotate in which is exactly what he does on the finish here. We will see
him of course as we will everyone into night 's final. It looks like
he will be going in third or fourth in the final tonight. The gold-medal
threat. Certainly a medal threat for Malaysia. He should not be a threat
to Tom Daley but he could spoil the party somewhat. Tze Liang from
Malaysia. Three and a half somersaults. Matthew Mitchell is the
last diver to go next. -- Matthew Mitcham. Interesting from Tze Liang,
opting for inward three and a half, one of his easiest dives. He makes a
hash of it. He comes out way too early. And he lands completely flat
on his face. That is a huge error from this man. Right at the final
curtain call. And he will fall down into fourth with Mitchum still to
come. Tom Daley, Bouchard, and now Tze Liang is in fourth. It is now up
to Matt Mitchum. He cannot actually overtake Tom Daley. The best he can
do is second. He will not have enough to get into first place. A
good dive could put him into second place. That is all that is
mathematically possible, he could not catch Tom Daley because he had
two big of a lead. -- too big. Two and a half somersaults with two and
a half twists in the pike position. A really good dive. We saw him
winning Olympic gold in fine style performing this live, four perfect
tens. It was carrying a difficulty of 3.8 back then. Nowhere near those
lofty march today but he is back in the action, into second overall
behind Tom Daley. That is what through him. You cannot get 3.8
these days, it is 3.6. We do not lose anybody but Tom Daley will get
to dive last. Virtually the same programme at the back end. Matthew
Dixon will go after Siddharth Pardeshi in second place in the
final tonight. Pretty much all of the medals, it is wide open, but
second to fourth are only separated by ten points, so the bronze medal
and silver medal are going to be hard fought for. Tom Daley, have to
add very difficulty opening 38 points, better than Matthew Mitcham.
It just goes to show what you can do when you are on top form. A slightly
average opening dive from Tom. His twist not going very well this
morning, but it will go well this evening, I am sure, and then rocking
and rolling on his last four, to get pretty close to 500, with two
mistakes. Mitcham on good form. Yes, one mistake from him, he ended up
second, in the end. Siddhartha Pardeshi from India. That was a good
dive. An impressive montage. That one, not so much. Here's Tom with
his back three and a half, got ten from one of the judges on that one.
He looks very composed, as he always does. Just that second dive is the
only time these days you have seen him get slightly stressed, slightly
nervous, slightly anxious about a dive. He really wants to do it well
but it is just one he nosy has a little bogey with. Yes, I guess that
is a fair observation. He knows what he is doing, working on what he
needs to work on, and, look, Mitcham made a mistake, Tom Daley made a
mistake, they are all human. We will wait and see.
mistake, they are all human. We will wait All right, we have talked about
him, we wait All right, we have talked about
him, have seen him, let's hear from him.
You have to preserve your triceps like you preserve chicken breasts,
they last longer. So this is not an injury, just a precaution? It is
just an ongoing thing, just preventative to make sure I am ready
for tonight 's final, it is a recovering thing, and I have my
thumb in ice as well. What frame of mind are you going into tonight's
final? It is a bit, but when you did it was brilliant. It is always tough
going into a preliminary knowing that you have already made the
final. It is tough to get yourself going for that. What I needed was a
couple of bad fives to think, I don't want that, I want to go up
there and lead the way. In the end -- a couple of bad dives. Would you
say you thrive under pressure and expectation? Pressure is something
you have to deal with in any way of life. If you can deal with it and
handle it, that is how you get the best results. Without the pressure
and without having to do it, you will not give it 110%, which is what
I had to do the last four. I know divers don't really do trash talk,
but Matt Mitcham's last dive was the closest thing to say, I am coming
for you. It will be a really tight battle the night, anything can
happen on the day with diving, the littlest thing can be the biggest
mistake, so you just after wait and see how it goes. You missed out so
closely on that gold last night, how determined did it make you to retain
your title? It makes you want to do it, because being .2 away from a
Gold is pretty tight margin in diving. I have to give it my best
shot and hopefully be top of the podium. 14-year-old Matthew Dixon is
making quite a stir, his first Commonwealth Games, what you make of
him, inevitable comparisons? He is a great kid, he is really fun, he
works hard and his diving is great. Maybe 2016 but definitely 2020. Look
after yourself, we will see you back in the final. That is incredible, he
has ice wrapped around his triceps and his thumb in a bag of ice. They
just goes to and his thumb in a bag of ice. They
just goes show what these guys are putting their body through all of
our entertainment, and they are putting on quite a show. It will be
another epic battle the night in the story of Daley and Mitcham. Hasn't
Matthew Dixon won the hearts of many people this morning? Will he be
winning medals? The final of the ten metres platform starts at 10:30pm.
Hasn't it been such a busy morning so far? Just behind me at the SECC,
we have a semifinal going on in netball between Australia and
Jamaica. Earlier on this morning, New Zealand backed their place in
the final at the expense of England, but in Australia -Jamaica, I can
tell you at half-time Australia led by just one point. 24-23. The second
half is just underway so let's join the commentary team.
COMMENTATOR: As a result, she has put out nine from ten. Just nice
shooter to shoot work from the Aussies.
Stacey. Stacey and Facey, beautifully quick, the young
defence, as they call her Stacey Facey for short? I like to.
Again, Midhurst really carving up Jamaica at the moment. Is it not
having to do much, other than keep her defender busy and it is all busy
-- open for the Australian goal attack.
I guess that is the team mascot, is it Thumper? Matt Robinson -- Maddie
Robinson. Brilliant take. I was going to say they were made to
pay, Jamaica, with a poor centre pass, but they have got away with
one here. Not a lot of structure about their play, just players
trying to find some space against the tight Australian defence. Not
wasting too much ball, that is why they find themselves well and truly
in this game. Now she has possession. A much harder contest,
though. Look at the speed of Natalie
Medhurst, coming right around for that ball.
Oh, Stacey Facey. Stacey and Facey, beautifully quick, the young gold
offence. -- gold offence -- goal defence.
Medhurst really carving up Jamaica at the moment. All open for the
Australian goal attack. Ten from 11. Maddie Robinson just swept through,
I will have that. That is Maddie Robinson just swept through,
that is a beautiful ball through the Bassett. -- through to Bassett. One
of the leading interceptors on the court, Maddie Robinson. A very good
game, doing her job in attack, and then defensively to get a couple of
intercepts, that is very precious to a team. Yes, that must have been
close, and it is. Three seconds. Good work, Australia. Yes, danger
time for Jamaica. They may well see a time out shortly. 7-2 to
Australia. And you were quite correct. Lorna
Thompson developing a limp as she goes across to the sideline. Just a
change in the mid-court has just added some speed to Australia.
Jamaica have not changed what they have been doing that much. They have
just made some errors, and when they make an error, Australia make you
pay, particularly on a centre pass will stop if you lose that centre
pass, it is then the opposition's, so really it is a 2-goal turnaround.
There she is, Maddie Robinson, we have not really talk about her in
the early stages of the game but she is coming into her own. She has most
but her hand up as the key wing attack. There was some uncertainty
coming into the tournament whether she would be in the starting seven,
and she was not to start with, but she has certainly worked her way
into the Australian line-up. At her best, she just creates so much,
create space, creates opportunities, and even for someone of her stature,
manages to get some intercepts, so a good defensive game, too. So
Thompson, it looks like she might be off, in fact she is. It looks like
Williams on at the Centre for Jamaica. Would that be could eg
Williams? -- could I job Williams -- Khadija Williams. Banjo Lee Williams
-- Vangelee Williams and Khadija Williams for Jamaica. The ball falls
awkwardly for Aiken. Important for Jamaica that they score of this
because Australia has had a run of goals.
Yes, great defence by Helen on the pass. Well done Renae Hallinan.
OK, Jamaica and getting a bit sloppy now, and sometimes this does get
into their game when they are not travelling so well. It looks like
there is a warning there to Facey. Overly physical. That is the first
time Jamaica has been in the goal circle for what seems like a long
time. They add one more. Just too easy on the centre pass, Robinson,
just a clear way to the ball. It has always been their problem. They have
often had a good shooting circle, Jamaica, but they are just not used
to playing opposition that generate such speed, like Australia does, and
eventually it wears them down. Read, trying to lift her side. --
Reid. Not easy when you are playing the best team in the world.
Yes, Bassett just moved a bit too early. Just ran out of court,
Kimberley Ravaillion. I think it was stepping, was it? Yes, she was on
the run a bit too much. Straightaway, Jamaica make an error.
They need to make some changes here, Jamaica. Maybe put Reid and Aiken
down the other end. That is why Romelda Aiken is where she is. They
have still scored 11 goals so far, Australia, so they need to do
something to their defence, and they have only scored four, so I would
put Aiken down the other end, just to change it up. What a pick-up of
the line. Vangelee Williams. Hallen and may working her way back into
the starting seven for Australia. -- Renae Hallinan. She does not like
being on the bench. It is all about matchups, if Australia win this,
Renae Hallinan is better, or you could have the benefit of Sharni
Layton's height over Leona Leota's pass. You can bet that she will want
to be in the first seven, she talks about the agony of Delhi, and she
would love to be out there, turning the tables. She had to deal with a
double disappointment, missing out on Delhi and then the World
Championships the year after. It was a lot of pain in a short period
Budgie has not looked back since then. She has been very good. -- but
she has not looked back. Right over the top of Laura Geitz.
Sloppy. And the defender knows, if they start doing silly things, you
know you are on top, it just lifts your game. Contact called against
Bassett. It is getting a bit untidy out
there. Reid is in position. Now she has
moved. Four minutes left in the third
quarter, which has been all Australia. Good effort by Facey, did
not get up, just generated bit more pace to get a hand to the ball. That
is the pressure she needs to put on Medhurst. She needs to run with.
Medhurst is having a field day. -- to run with her.
It will be interesting to see what Australia do at quarter time. They
have one eye on the big game tomorrow and it is all about the
players remaining fresh. New Zealand have had a tough one against
England. If they can rest some key players, that will give Australia a
major advantage if they are to get up and win this one. In the final
quarter, yes. But if you get it wrong, can to make
a comeback? You have do have confidence in the players you are
putting on. The players on the bench have some good form. -- you have to
have. As you mentioned before, that is the
difference between the In fact, some of the Jamaica's have
not had a quarter way from the court in all of their games, Sasher-Gaye
Henry being one of them. -- a quarter way from the court.
Into the final two minutes of the third quarter, 38-31. The bench are
looking on. A warning against Williams,
persisting too much. -- too much, on the edge of the circle. A nice wall
of defence from Australia, slowing Jamaica up from the centre pass.
That has advanced all the way down. The wheels are falling off, here,
for Jamaica. So good for a certain period of time but then they often
lose their way. This is no different.
But Australia have really shut them down. Look at this defence, starting
with Robinson and Medhurst. It makes it so much easier for the backline.
She has opened up, but not given. And then they give the wrong one,
and Australia getaway again. Terrific defence.
Can they get it into the shooting circle? Not quite, Australia. A very
good quarter, for Australia, who lead Jamaica by eight, 40-32.
A similar number of goals scored by the Jamaicans as in the first, but
the Australians piling on 16 goals in that period of play. The shooting
percentage is good from both teams but Australia are smothering
Jamaica. They are not working hard enough. They are choosing the wrong
option into foul read, which suggests that Australia will rest
some of the big guns. More errors to Jamaica, forced by the strong
defence that Australia are imposing. At the moment, it is all Australia,
a really good quarter, 16-9, and they are in good form ahead of the
final tomorrow. Robinson has been so good in defence which is a bonus
when you are attacking players, getting those intercepts. Bassett
has been nice and steady. You cannot ask for a lot more than what they
have done. Nowhere to go, they are just suppressing them, crushing
them. No options for them. Helpful, there. Foul read doing her best but
they are not giving it to her. -- Reid doing her best. They are
pushing back and pushing back. It looks as though Jamaica are
making a few changes. Khadijah Williams on at wing attack, and
Thompson returning to the court. So, final huddles in this second
semifinal. Australia lead by eight. The captain will be pleased with the
way things are travelling. Jamaica, ringing the changes. Kelly
to goal defence, Kasey Evering on at wing defence. Big changes. The
fourth and final quarter under way, in the second semifinal. Australia
leading Jamaica 40-32. Thompson is back on at centre, for Jamaica.
Williams to wing attack. They are trying to generate something,
Jamaica. Got away with that one. Contact against Laura Geitz.
Interesting or what you were referring to earlier, OK, they have
removed Romelda Aiken from the other end but the bench don't seem
interested in taking off Reid. Interesting, and she has shot 24
goals which is not one of her outstanding performances. I'm not
sure what the thinking is because we know how good Romelda Aiken can be.
Player not happy to give it to Reid. When they play well, they let it go
but they have not done that all game, other than perhaps in the
seventh quarter -- second quarter, when they got on top.
This might be a little clue as to why Aitken is staying on the
sideline. A bit of ice on her ankle. They certainly want her in good
order for the bronze medal match tomorrow against England.
Interesting, they are only six goals down. This is a winnable position.
They just have to believe they can win. John McIntosh was talking about
this before the competition began, when she thought Howard the
Jamaicans would go. She said they needed patience and self belief.
Yes, the push off their from Fowler Reid. -- there.
This is a good game for Medhurst, with that distinctive, high shot.
She has only missed two. Great, just got that one away.
That is one area of her game that she can work, Fowler Reid. She is
such an easy target. If she was able to land some long shots, she would
be more phenomenal Van der Schueren years. -- than she already is.
It is interesting that Australia have chosen not to change their
line-up. Perhaps they are looking at this as their main starting seven
tomorrow. If that is the case, they want to give them some time on
court. Just off the hands of Bassett. Madi Robinson is in the
thick of everything. Brilliant. How good has she been in defence?
She is a pocket rocket. She has had a good game. A good tournament, in
fact. Again, the push off called, contact. It proves costly for
Jamaica. Score here, and Australia will have built up a ten goal
buffer. Bassett just dodging, ducking down,
and letting me flying defender go through. It is all about timing and
a lovely release from Kimberley Ravaillion, on the run.
Struggling to get on the edge of the moment, Australia. Good defence from
Jamaica. Medhurst to Bassett, such a good combination when it is on song.
Renae Hallinan, how good is that? It is amazing what a little opportunity
does. Sharni Layton was in the starting seven today and probably
will be there tomorrow, but Renae Hallinan has been given a sniff and
looks really impressive. Selection headaches for Australia. I always
wonder about that. Is it perhaps easier for the player coming on, in
a way? Because the player up who was their first has warned the opponent
down? I was just wondering. No, it does not work like that! It is like
in cricket, with an opening batsman taking the shine off the new ball?
Ella macro not quite. -- not quite. At this level, the fitness of the
players should be such that they can run all day.
Facey trying to call a time-out from goalkeeper, with a suspect knee
injury. But it is not allowed. We have seen that a bit in this
tournament. The umpires are wise to the players. Certainly nothing wrong
with her knee. Romelda Aiken is standing up on the
bench. Now he has given it. Australia are streaking away with
this game. They will be well pleased with this outing. We have not seen
the two shooters in this game. Score a quick ten and goals you are back
in the game. So I guess if there are any changes they have to involve
Facey. They do. And that is often a mistake that teams have made during
Facey. They do. And that is often a the course of the week, have an
organised time-out and then realise the person calling it was not who
they wanted involved in the change. So much to think about. These two
women are going very nicely in this match, Robinson and Medhurst. Do we
dare to look ahead, Australia against New Zealand in the final
again? There has never been anything different at the Commonwealth Games.
49-36, and Romelda Aiken has returned to the court at the other
end for Jamaica. Back in the goalkeeper position.
Talk about Hallinan working her way into the starting seven, Ravaillion
may have done it, in terms of accommodation, these three mid-court
players work well together. It would make for an extraordinarily quick
mid-court, not that Australia ever has a slow one.
They will be hoping to come out of this game unscathed now. I thought
you were going to say alive. That would have been the instructions
from the bench now, just stay alive. Quicker ball but Geitz is onto it.
Interesting to see Kasey Evering on at wing defence. She affective --
was effective at goal defence earlier.
Are unstoppable in this match, Natalie Medhurst. 51-38, just under
six minutes left in this game. And, really, Jamaica being forced into
all sorts of errors, like that one. New Zealand defeated Jamaica by
eight goals, 50-42, and Australia will make the comparison when they
step off the court. The margin is greater. They will think they are a
better team. You just look for what ever edge you can get.
We have seen a lot of Corletto, in terms of her exciting intercepts,
but she has certainly shut Beckford down. In this tournament, she has
shot something like 16, 17 on average, so a good job from the
Australian goal defence, without being too flashy. And again Maddie
Robinson winning the contest. I don't think it is too early to look
ahead to tomorrow's old medal match. Just such a terrific rivalry -- gold
medal. It comes Just such a terrific rivalry -- gold
medal. It down to Commonwealth Games -- when it comes down to
Commonwealth Games, both have one gold medals twice and both want to
be the first one to win three. There is no such thing as a form guide for
those two countries either, it just comes down to their performance at
that very time. All eyes will be on New Zealand.
Catherine lah to unavailable, will she be able to play tomorrow, or
will Jodie Brown get the nod again? Different parts to the gold-medal
game. Australia have cruised, and they will cruise past Jamaica, they
don't have any injury concerns, so it will be a battle for the Kiwis.
And New Zealand -- New Zealanders would say it always is! They say
that setbacks they have had with injury have actually brought the
team closer together. But also, too, they will have come through an
exhausting semifinal today against England, I mean physically and
emotionally. They looked gone in that first semifinal. Then a
fabulous piece of work and they are through. There has been talk about
the scheduling, playing the semifinals and the final straight
after each other, virtually, 24 hours later, whereas it could have
been quite easy for them to schedule the semifinals with a gap in
between, a day off to freshen up. But not to be. You just have to deal
with it. Those games coming your way in about 24-hour 's or so.
Aiken got the tip, but it was not enough to put it far-away. In the
end, a scramble, away Jamaica come. One of the few occasions they have
flowed down court nicely, Jamaica. That was a bang to the floor. She is
up, Khadijah Williams. Yes, I think without doubt Australia will go into
the final as favourites. 12 players in form, but you never write the
Kiwis off. It has just been extraordinary for New Zealand that
all of those injuries have come in the shooting circle. Yes, unlucky.
Into the final minute, 57-42. Jamaica simply have had no answers
today for the way Australians. Really putting the effort down now,
Australia, 17 goals. The highest number they have scored. That is a
great way to finish. That gives you real omentum, going ahead to
tomorrow. Romelda Aiken still battling. And it
will be Jamaica meeting England in the bronze medal match, because
there is the whistle for full-time. A significant victory for Australia,
57-42 over Jamaica. Australia move through to the gold-medal match.
I guess it was the result most people expected, but until it is
settled, you just never know. It is sport, you never know, but they came
in as favourites, they have been building as the tournament
progressed, and they have put in a pretty solid performance. They lost
one quarter, but overall they will be very satisfied. They have put
some different commendations out there, Australia, they have come
through injury free, and I think they are the team to beat.
So it is an Antipodean final in the ladies netball tomorrow, Australia
will be taking on New Zealand, and what an incredible battle that will
be. It has been an amazing day of sport so far on BBC Three. In just
over four hours, we have covered over a third of all sports here in
the Commonwealth Games. Iced Hinckley still have some time to --
I think we still have some time to fit in a couple of others.
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I leave the ashram, travel halfway across the world to find my father,
Oh, well. As Vashrati says, gotta keep smiling!
We don't tend to use the bathroom together here.
All right, well, I'll catch you later.
This ashram of yours, it might be a cult.
I take it back, he's definitely Cuckoo's son.
ring yesterday. It promises to be the same again today. We put our
expert panel together to discuss the forthcoming action. It is the first
time women's boxing has been in the Commonwealth Games so to have the
chance to win a medal is unbelievable. At the end of the day,
I want to win gold. I can't afford to get distracted. I've got to go
there and focus on me. I'm going to win gold. Lavelle's determination,
hard work, a big engine and a big heart has got him through. Northern
Ireland's Audley-Murphy, a spirited performance. I motivated to do the
job and win the gold. A right hand, the best punch in the contest.
Williams is all over him, great finish by the Welshman. Walsh has
got herself a medal hardware, now the only question remains, what
colour will it be? I'm the defending champion, so anything less than a
gold medal will be the disappointment. Every time I get in
the ring, I have to bring my a game. There is the chance to make history
again. Guys, a big session of boxing head, 13 finals, three Philly women
and ten to the men, something you have both experience before,
Auckland champion and the silver medallist from Delhi, four years
ago, and at this stage of the competition, a few days before the
gold medal bouts, what will the boxes be feeling ahead of the gold
medal contest? They are going to be excited. This is what you wake up in
the morning for, what you train hard for. Obviously they will be excited
and a bit nervous as well, being in Scotland, it is pretty much a home
games all of them. They will be excited and nervous but eager to do
well and win the gold medal. I think it is tough at this stage is because
mentally, they will have had five contests, some of them and they
might not have experienced that before, some of the more
inexperienced boxers. They waltzed or that way and they have to remain
focused and get over the line. It will be a tough ask because it is no
good performing so well earlier in the tournament and failing at the
final hurdle. They have to get over it. Mentally, it is going to be
three tower. As you sake, the fifth contest for some of them in the
battle for gold. What will they be feeling physically? Cuts
notwithstanding, how will their joints be holding up, their ribs,
having been tickled a few times, how will they be feeling physically,
preparing for the gold medal bouts? They will be feeling it. The
Commonwealth Games will be first tournament I had boxed in that went
over ten days. I had five fights in ten days. It was hard, hard to make
the weight as I went on. I had some tough fights over boxing the youth
Olympic champion, a big Nigerian that punch like a horse. I boxed
another lad from Kiribati E. By the time I got to the final, I was tired
and fatigued and I learned from that for the Olympics, two years later.
But your best win was in the semifinals. I boxed Vijender Singh,
who is in the final this time around, who was world number one at
the time. Fighting him in India comedy was the golden boy, the
pin-up. I boxed him, 400 million people watched the fight on TV,
live. It was a massive win for me and I was just spent afterwards and
could not replicate that form in the final, two days later. A lot of
these guys need to remember that this is the final. Every ounce of
energy they have got, they need to expend in the final. This is when
you see boxes like Paddy Barnes, who has boxed well all tournament, how
he saved himself in certain contest in the last round, eased off the
pace because he knows he wants to perform his best in the final. Some
of the more inexperienced boxes might have given everything in the
first couple of bouts and now they are feeling it. They have to draw on
every minute they have spent in the gymnasium. This is where it counts,
all the flexibility work, all the extra sessions, it is like putting
money in the bank and now they have to draw it out and perform at their
best in the final. Let's look ahead to the finals, beginning with the
biggest, brightest of the games, Nicola Adams, MBE, reigning Olympic
champion, going up against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland in the 51
kilograms flyweight final. Overwhelming favourite but how will
she vary against the talented youngster from Northern Ireland?
Nicola Adams will be looking to win gold. She is a confident, always
brimming with confidence. In the last two years since the Olympics,
she has not boxed as well as she could have, has lost a couple of
times, dropped a decision now and again. She seems to have got it
right with the TV cameras on her, she likes to perform and be a big
star. Michaela Walsh is a divisional fighter, though. She looked very
good in the semifinal yesterday. I think her camp will know they can
take Nicola Adams' scalp. Michaela Walsh has done brilliantly get to
the final. She is a bit better than most of the girls here. But I think
Nicola Adams is on another level above her, with notices Bectu
Michaela, who is still learning and has done brilliant. -- no disrespect
to Michaela. Nicola has taken to the games. It is a showcase for her. She
will perform well and it will be difficult for Michaela to win.
England against Northern Ireland, the rivalry will be there and there
is a bit more bite. I can see Nicola. For the middleweight women,
it is a battle between the reigning world champion and an athlete with
previous world titles under her belt, Savannah Marshall and Ariane
Fortin. Experience against a younger boxer. How does it pan out? It is
interesting because Savannah Marshall is a talented girl but she
does not always produce her best. In the World Championships in 2012, she
won the gold medal and boxed brilliantly but in the Olympics, a
few months later, she was poor, not just by her standards but generally.
She was not there mentally. It got to her and it may happen again. She
says she has put that experience out of her mind and learn from that as
she has gone. That is what experience is. You can't buy it. She
will be a better boxer for doing that. I watched the Canadian
yesterday, she got into a fight and she is a southpaw, she swings the
right hook in, and Savannah Marshall, she boxed yesterday and
although the Nigerian was a few levels below her, she did not really
pick up as well as she could have done. Men's light flyweight, 49
kilograms, Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland looking to defend his
title. He was the nailed on favourite to do that coming into the
championships. How has he fared unperformed and how will you get on
against unperformed and how will you get on
Paddy Barnes has been very efficient. He never waste the shot.
What I admire more than anything is his ability to suss out his
opponent, the tactics he gets right. He goes to the first round looking
for opportunities. If he finds more opportunities on the inside, you
will take the contest. -- he will take the contest at that stage. If
he thinks he has to go along, you will go at range. He says himself,
boxes clever. He is in against a good Indian, but he has beaten him
before, I think and I see Paddy Barnes with a gold medal, no
problem. 56 kilograms, bantamweight, Michael, -- Michael Conlon coming in
with the serious cut, if you work Casado break's on, what would you be
doing to target him? I was in breast with his speed and balance and
movement yesterday. He needs to target the cut and open it up. He
needs to use his advantage. One of the advantages he has is speed and
his opponent has a nasty cut on his forehead. It is not a nice way to go
into a contest, targeting your opponent, who has a cut but at the
end of the day, you have got to win. I think it will be a good test for
Michael Conlon. I think he is a good all-rounder. You can boxed well at
range, have a terror on the inside but he will have the box at range
and protect the cut. Maybe that will bring Qais Ashfaq on his front foot.
He is a total counterpuncher. That will be a clash of styles. He will
go over the front foot first but Michael Conlon has do keep it long
and protect is cut. The lightweight, 60 kilograms, is
between Charlie Flynn and Joe Fitzpatrick, Scotland against
Northern Ireland, but at 64 kilograms, light welterweight, the
poster boy for the tournament, Josh Taylor has delivered, he is in the
gold-medal bout, facing Jonas Olsson media, a slippery operator. Josh has
dealt brilliantly with the occasion and use the grant of his advantage
so far but how will he fare in the gold-medal match? I like Josh
Taylor, you say to read a fighter and he was unlucky not to win a
medal in London, two years ago. He had a tough draw but he learned from
it. He decided to remain an
Live coverage from the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the penultimate day in Glasgow, with Lee McKenzie introducing the action.
Tom Daley was one of the faces of London 2012 and, having won Olympic bronze in the capital, he begins his bid to make it Glasgow gold as qualifying in the 10m individual competition gets up and running.
It's also semi-final time in the netball, while the action continues with crucial badminton and table tennis clashes.