Commonwealth Games: As it happened, April 15 (Day 11)

  • 15/04/2018

11:27pm: That is where we will leave you. The ceremony is set to go long into the night, potentially the morning and there's plenty still to come. New Zealand and the many other nations will soon do their lap and take in the applauds. It's been a great Commonwealth Games and thank you for joining us for the live updates. Goodnight.

11:24pm: The Honourable Peter Beattie, boss of the GC Games, is talking up the event's success. 

11:21pm: David Liti was awared the David Dixon award for the sportsmanship he showed towards his injured Samoan rival at the medal ceremony. Well deserved mate.

11:16pm: We're into about the fifth or sixth advertisement in the first 45 minutes...

11:12pm: Now for a traditional fairwell to the Commonwealth Games by Clinton Brewer.

11:06pm: Usain Bolt now on stage. Clapping and would you believe it, he's on the deck, as is the Games' official DJ. What scenes.

11:05pm: Few athletes on stage to dance to Anthony Callea's Bee Gees number, but no Kiwis unfortuantely.

11:02pm: It's a nice way to say thank you to the event's volunteers. Without them, New Zealand wouldn't have beaten Australia in the sevens.

10:58pm: Guy now slowing down the song and dance to intrdouce the 'Games' Shapers'. Nevermind, he's broke out in song again.

10:55pm: It's quite hard to keep up with it all. Lots of dancers, fire and colours. Just so many colours. 

10:53pm: Now for Australia's favourite son, Guy Sebastian. 

10:50pm: So, a lot of sing and dance to get us underway tonight. We've just had a tap-dancing group and is being followed by Yothu Yindi. They're putting on quite the show.

10:47pm: Aussie singer Ricki-Lee Coulter and the Koi Boys now have a go on the mic. Pretty short lived as we move onto the next artist.

10:41pm: An Australian youngster just recited a really nice poem about the country and the Games. What confidence for such a young lad.

10:35pm: Indigenous Australian singer Archie Roach also singing, and is joined by a children's choir.

10:32pm: First up, Amy Shark singing Let Love Rule kicks things off.

10:30pm: Right, so welcome back for the closing ceremony for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

7:43pm: So, it'll be a bit quiet for a while with the closing ceremony set to kick-off at 10:30pm. Looks like New Zealand are on their way to the venue already.


7:40pm: New Zealand's flagbearer for the closing ceremony has been named and it's Black Sticks skipper Stacey Michelsen

6:05pm: What a way to cap off what has been a fantastic Commonwealth Games for New Zealand. Two upsets, two gold medals.

5:56pm: New Zealand win! The second half was scoreless and they win 14-0 over the tournament's favourites, Fiji. A double gold for New Zealand seven's teams. What a way to finish the Games.

5:45pm: It's halftime and New Zealand lead 14-0 over Fiji. 

5:43pm: Ware butchers a certain try. Nanai-Seturo bumped one, gave it to his winger, he stepped one with the tryline begging but drops it as he tries to touch down. Poor.

5:41pm: Fiji lose a man! Just a stupid tackle. Late and no arms and that's a yellow card. New Zealand well on top at the moment.

5:40pm: What a try! Ware just stepped the entire Fijian team to score NZ's second try. He was eventually tackled but reached out and dots down. Great effort. NZ lead 14-0.

5:37pm: Nanai-Seturo scores the game's opening try! New Zealand went for the kick, Curry got the bounce, offloaded to the Nanai-Seturo who steps one Fijian before racing away. New Zealand lead 7-0.

5:33pm: Now for the men's! Can they do the same and beat the favourites, Fiji for the gold medal? Let's find out!

5:28pm: She stepped one, then put on the after burners, racing away from three Australian players to score the try. Incredible effort, incredible game.

5:27pm: New Zealand win! New Zealand win! Brazier races away over 80 metres to score the game's winning try.

5:18pm: Instead of trying to win the game inside New Zealand's half, Australia kick it out for extra time. From her reaction, I think she thought they were ahead. 

5:16pm: No! They're in again. NZ lost the ball, they spread it to their speedster and she's run in under the posts. Oh wow, the miss the conversion from right in front and it's 12-all!

5:14pm: Australia hit back! They stole New Zealand's lineout before racing in to score their first try. New Zealand lead 12-7 with two minutes left.

5:07pm: New Zealand in again! Blyde scores on the right wing after a great tackle by Williams in the lead up. It's halftime and we lead 12-0.

5:03pm: Woodman races 70 metres to the score the game's opening try. She beat the defence for pace, before stepping the last Australian on her way to the tryline.

5:00pm: First mistake from NZ and it's an Aussie scrum just over halfway.

4:56pm: So England win gold in the netball, beating Australia with a last-second goal. But now, it's time for our women's sevens to play the hosts for all the marbles. 

3.16pm: England running Australia close early in the netball final. 12-12 late in the 1st quarter.

2:44pm - New Zealand has won gold in the women's doubles squash. Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy have beaten India 2-0.

2:34pm - Fiji have beaten South Africa 24-19 to make the final. 

2:30pm - It has gone to extra time in sevens as it finished 19-19 at fulltime. 

2:27pm - The Silver Ferns have failed to win a medal for the first time at the Commonwealth Games after losing to Jamaica in the bronze medal match.

Jamaica won 60-55.

2:15pm - Fiji lead South Africa 12-0 in the second sevens semi-final.

2:10pm - The Silver Ferns are in trouble - they are down 45-39 at the end of the third against Jamaica. 

2:02pm - The All Blacks Sevens are through to the final. They have beaten England 17-12 to make the final. Fiji or South Africa face off in the second semi-final for a spot in the final - which will be played at 5pm. 

1:51pm - The netball is back on... and the All Blacks lead England 12-7 at the break in their semi-final. 

1:45pm - The All Blacks Sevens now face England for a spot in the final. 

1:43pm - Jamaica lead 29-27 in the netball at halftime. 

1:40pm - The Black Ferns Sevens are through to the final after beating England 26-5. Both look absolutely shattered at the end of the match in the 28degC heat. They will face Australia in the final. 

1:29pm - The Black Ferns Sevens lead England 12-5 in their semi-final match. 

1:25pm - First quarter done in the netball and New Zealand trails 15-11. 

1:00pm - The Netball is about to begin. 

12:42pm - Bronze for the Tall Blacks! They have beaten Scotland 79-69. That is 15 bronze and 43 medals overall for New Zealand now.  

12:30pm - Some horrible scenes in the men's marathon - with 2km to go, Scotland's Callum Hawkins was leading and then he collapses with 2km left. Australian Mike Shelley overtakes him and he wins gold. 

12:17pm - The Tall Blacks look like they will hold off Scotland. They lead 59-44 at the end of the third quarter. 

12:00pm - The Silver Ferns face Jamaica for bronze in the netball in one hour. 

11:53am - The third quarter of the basketball is underway. 

11:40am - A strong second quarter by the Tall Blacks and they now lead Scotladn 41-35 at halftime. 

11:21am - Scotland lead New Zealand 21-19 at the end of the first quarter. 

11:10am - Scotland have raced out to an early lead - they are up 10-3 in the early stages of the match. 

11:05am - Other events on right now include the men's and women's marathon final, the start of the badminton final.  

11:00am - The Tall Blacks are facing Scotland for bronze in the men's basketball. 

Kia ora, good morning ... welcome to the final day of Commonwealth Games from the Gold Coast.

The penultimate day of the competition was busy, and New Zealand will be looking to add to their 42 medals. Four years ago in Glasgow, the Kiwis won 45 medals. 

We have our sevens team, our squash doubles, the Tall Blacks and our Silver Ferns in the bronze medal match.

The full itinerary for Sunday is here