Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 6 - Shot putters Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill throw for gold, while bowlers, Black Sticks, squash stars eye medals

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That'll be it for our coverage tonight. Another bronze medal in the bag for the New Zealand team, taking the tally to 42 so far.

We'll be back in a few hours, with athletics and diving finals, while the White Ferns also have hopes of upsetting Australia to reach the gold medal match.

So thanks for joining us, and we'll see you again soon!


Havana Hopman has finished fourth in the clubs final.

So close to a medal, but a great effort nonetheless.

10:45pm - BADMINTON

The duo of Anona Pak and Oliver Leydon-Davis have fallen to Singapore to exit at the quarter-final stage.

10:36pm - ATHLETICS

England's Morgan Lake becomes the third to clear 1.92m.

O'Hagan steps up for her third and final attempt - and the clap goes up again.

But she's forced to pull out at the last second! That's the end of her Games - and what an effort.

This is O'Hagan's first Games, and she'll leave with a new PB for her troubles.

10:32pm - ATHLETICS

Patterson clears it, as does Kimberly Williamson of Jamaica.

Here's O'Hagan's second attempt - but she can't get over.

One attempt left.

10:29pm - ATHLETICS

All six have failed to clear 1.92m on the first attempt of the women's high jump final, including world champion Eleanor Patterson.

Second attempts about to begin.

10:26pm - ATHLETICS

The bar's gone up to 1.92m. There are now just six left in the competition. 

Here's O'Hagan's first go, already with a new PB.

But she can't get over with this attempt.

10:22pm - ATHLETICS

Here's O'Hagan's final attempt. And the clap goes up for her. 

And she's got it! That's a new personal best for Keeley O'Hagan as well!

10:19pm - ATHLETICS

O'Hagan up for her second attempt, 1.89m the target.

But she can't get over this time either. 

She'll have one more attempt before elimination.

10:14pm - ATHLETICS

The bar is now at 1.89m in the women's high jump. 

The field is down to eight, including Kiwi Keeley O'Hagan, this would be a personal best if she can land it.

But she can't, two more attempts.

10:06pm - BOWLS

And it's bronze for Inch and Goddard! They've overcome Malaysia 20-15 in the women's pairs.

The bronze is Goddard's second of these Games, after also doing the same in the women's fours earlier this week.

9:57pm - ATHLETICS

The bar is up to 1.85m now. Only Emily Borthwick of England has been eliminated so far.

Here's O'Hagan, first attempt at this height. And she gets it on her first attempt!

9:50pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard lead 18-13 after 16 ends. They're within touching distance of bronze.

9:49pm - ATHLETICS

Here's O'Hagan for her final attempt - she cleared this mark in qualifying.

And this time she gets it! She'll advance to the next round.

9:45pm - ATHLETICS

O'Hagan has her second attempt at 1.81m - one of four athletes in the field yet to clear it.

But she can't manage this time either.

One last attempt for the Kiwi to advance.

9:40pm - ATHLETICS

New Zealand's Keeley O'Hagan is attempting to clear 1.81m, but doesn't manage it on her first attempt.

9:39pm - BOWLS

New Zealand leads 15-13 after 15 ends.

9:24pm - ATHLETICS

Over to the athletics, where Kiwi Keeley O'Hagan is jumping in the women's high jump final.

9:22pm - NETBALL

And that's that. Jamaica will play for gold for the first time in their history, and my word, they deserve it!

NZ 51 JAM 67

9:21pm - NETBALL

And Wilson scores to bring up New Zealand's 50. Jamaica have taken their foot off the gas in the last few minutes.

NZ 50 JAM 67

9:20pm - BOWLS

The Kiwis grab a shot back to level the scores at 12-all.

Five ends left to play.

9:16pm - NETBALL

Jamaica make some changes as they close in on victory. Fowler's night (morning in Birmingham) is done, and what a display it was.

NZ 43 JAM 64

9:14pm - NETBALL

Fowler has scored 52 goals on her own, with Beckford scoring the other 10 for Jamaica.

NZ 42 JAM 62

9:10pm - NETBALL

Jamaica's lead is 20, and they haven't missed a single shot. Unreal.

Make that 21.

NZ 37 JAM 58

9:07pm - BOWLS

Malaysia have mounted a comeback - and now lead 12-11! The Kiwi pair were 11-4 up earlier!

9:06pm - NETBALL

The final quarter is underway, the Silver Ferns need a miracle.

9:02pm - NETBALL

Coming to the end of the third quarter, and Jamaica land another to move their lead out to 17 goals heading into the final period.

NZ 35 JAM 52

9:01pm - NETBALL

Fowler lands another shot, and Jamaica bring up their 50.

NZ 35 JAM 50

8:56pm - NETBALL

Jamaica. Have. Not. Missed. A. Shot.

The lead is now 16 for the Sunshine Girls.

NZ 29 JAM 45

8:55pm - BOWLS

Back to the bowls, as Inch and Goddard now lead 11-4 playing for the bronze against Malaysia.

8:54pm - NETBALL

More changes. Heffernan comes into centre, Wilson replaces Selby-Rickit at goal attack.

Nweke keeps doing her thing, but will the gap be too big to overcome?

NZ 27 JAM 41

8:51pm - NETBALL

Nweke has changed the whole attack. She's helped close the gap to 12, before Jamaica move it back to 13 through Fowler.

NZ 26 JAM 39

8:48pm - NETBALL

Fowler lands her first shot of the third quarter - yet to miss tonight. Nweke succeeds with her first shot.

NZ 23 JAM 37

8:47pm - NETBALL

We're back after halftime. Changes for the Ferns. Saunders comes into WA in place of Crampton. Grace Nweke has come on at GS.

Jamaica are unchanged.

8:35pm - NETBALL

Selby-Rickit shoots with the last act of the first half, and it hits the rim. Sums up the Silver Ferns' efforts to far, just not going their way.

NZ 22 JAM 36

8:34pm - NETBALL

Fowler scores back to back goals, and the frustration is starting to show for the Silver Ferns. 

Beckford lands another, and the lead is now 14.

NZ 22 JAM 36

8:32pm - BOWLS

Back to the bowls, and Inch and Goddard have moved into an 8-3 lead in their quest for bronze.

8:30pm - NETBALL

Ill discipline is hurting the Ferns here. Jamaica are dominating in and out of possession.

NZ 19 JAM 31

8:26pm - NETBALL

Kelly Jury is on to replace Fitzpatrick at GK, but immediately sees Fowler push the lead to 11.

NZ 15 JAM 26

8:23pm - NETBALL

Jamaica push their lead out to 10. Fowler is close to unplayable at the moment.

NZ 12 JAM 22

8:20pm - NETBALL

We're ready to go in the second quarter. Heffernan and Souness were given some instructions from Dame Noeline.

Fowler scores the first after the break, but Selby-Rickit gets one back

NZ 10 JAM 19

8:16pm - NETBALL

Coming to the end of the first quarter. Jamaica are happy to control the pace of the game.

Beckford scores to bring the quarter to a close. A lot of work for the Silver Ferns to do!

NZ 9 JAM 18

8:12pm - NETBALL

Selby-Rickit has landed a couple of attempts from long range, but Jamaica are making it look easy.

NZ 8 JAM 14

8:10pm - NETBALL

Jamaica are shooting at 100 percent to start the first quarter. Selby-Rickit scores to move to within five. Fowler hits back at the other end to extend the lead to six.

NZ 6 JAM 12

8:09pm - NETBALL

Jamaica really pulling away now. Fowler and Beckford are in charge inside the circle. 

Selby-Rickit scores on the second attempt at the other end.

NZ 5 JAM 10

8:08pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have moved out to a 5-1 lead in their bronze medal match.

8:07pm - NETBALL

Crampton and Wilson combine to bring the Ferns to within two, before Jamaica lose the ball at the other end. 

NZ with the chance to go within one, but Sterling outleaps Wilson inside the circle. Beckford scores at the other end to widen the gap to three.

NZ 4 JAM 7

8:03pm - NETBALL

Wilson is penalised for entering the middle third as goal shoot, and Jamaica make the Silver Ferns pay with two more goals.

Wilson lands New Zealand's first at the other end.

NZ 1 JAM 4

8:02pm - NETBALL

Jamaica score the opening goal, before Fowler nets the second.

NZ 0 JAM 2

8:01pm - NETBALL

And we're away! Souness starts us off and the Silver Ferns have first use of the ball.

Wilson's first shot bounces off the rim, and Jamaica can attack.

NZ 0 JAM 0

7:54pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard now lead 4-1 after three ends in their bronze medal match.

7:50pm: NETBALL

Over to the semi-final between the Silver Ferns and Jamaica, here's how the Silver Ferns will line up:

GS-Maia Wilson, GA-Te Paea Selby-Rickit, WA-Gina Crampton (c), C-Whitney Souness, WD-Kate Heffernan, GD-Phoenix Karaka, GK-Sulu Fitzpatrick

No Grace Nweke, with Maia Wilson preferred at goal shoot. There's no place for Kelly Jury either, with Sulu Fitzpatrick taking the goal keep spot.

7:38pm - BOWLS

New Zealand take the first end, and lead 1-0.

7:30pm - BOWLS

And we're underway. Inch and Goddard are up against Malaysia for bronze.

7:10pm - BOWLS

Good evening! We're back for another night of action from Birmingham.

First up, the women's pair of Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard play for bronze in the bowls, while Keeley O'Hagan will go for gold in the women's high jump final.

That's not all, with the Silver Ferns not far away from getting underway against Jamaica in their netball semi-final.

We're not far away from the start of play, so stick around.


Still plenty to play for tonight, when the women's pair chase bronze medal at the bowls, Keeley O'Hagan and Sam Tanner contest high jump and 1500m finals at Alexander Stadium, and our wrestlers are back in action on the mat.

And don't forget, Silver Ferns face Jamaica in the netball semis.

Here's how the evening sessions stacks up for NZ athletes...

Keeley O'Hagan - women's high jump final

Sam Tanner - men's 1500m final

Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard v Malaysia - women's pairs bronze-medal match

Liam Stone - 3m springboard preliminaries

Frazer Tavener - 3m springboard preliminaries

NZ v Jamaica - semi-final

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Havana Hopman - clubs final

Michelle Montague v Pooja Pooja (India) - women's U76kg quarter-final

Cole Hawkins v Mathayo Mahabila (Kenya) - men's U74kg 1/8 final

Suraj Singh v Kumar Ravi (India) - men's U57kg quarter-final

8:30am - That's all from Newshub's live coverage from this morning's action at Birmingham. Please join us this evening once again as we bring you play-by-play action from the Commonwealth Games.

8:28am - That's it! King and Coll are through to the semi-finals after winning the second game 11-9 against Scotland. They were pushed by the Scots but proved far too good. The Kiwi squash king and queen continue their fine run at Birmingham.

8:20am - Scotland making much more of a game of it in the second, but still trail 4-3 to the Kiwi pair. Crowd certainly rooting for the Scots.

8:08am - King wraps up the first game, as her and Coll clinch it 11-7 against Scotland in their quarter-final match. Potentially one game away from a spot in the semi-finals.

7:58am - King and Coll currently up 6-2 in the first game against Scotland in their mixed doubles squash quarter-final.

7:50am - New Zealand have beaten England in straight sets in their beach volleyball quarterfinal. Their semifinal will be tomorrow morning against either Canada or Sri Lanka.

7:35am - Mixed doubles pair of Joelle King and Paul Coll should also be underway in their quarterfinal squash match up against Scotland. 

7:25am - New Zealand women currently leading 6-4 in the second set against England in beach volleyball, after winning the first set of their quarter-final.

7:15am - Gill's throw of 21.90m was a PB of 40cm, which is absolutely massive in shot put. What an impressive showing. New Zealand's shot put stocks continue.

7:07am - GOLD AND SILVER FOR NEW ZEALAND! Walsh and Gill have done it! Gill throws a massive PB of 21.90m, but Walsh's final throw goes for a HUGE 22.26m to solidify his gold. What a morning for the Kiwis

7:05am - Kiwis Arno Lee and Luke Sipkes finished sixth in the men's synchronised 10m platform final. 

7:03am - Gill solidifies his spot in second, throwing 21.29m. Walsh enjoying himself, full of smiles, doing the walks around Birmingham. He knows he's got it wrapped up.

7:02am - England's Scott Lincoln throws 20.33m to move up into bronze medal position. Seems everyone else is just playing for third right now.

6:58am - The top eight still have two throws to go, but the Kiwis are looking someway ahead. If Walsh wins, it will be NZ's 17th gold medal, to match their best ever efforts at a Games.

6:52am - Gill goes big! He throws 21.20m to reduce the lead between him and Walsh but still a fair way off. Kiwis looking very looking for a gold and silver finish here.

6:46am - We've moved onto the third throws at the shot put. Walsh and Gill still holding first and second place. Gill half a metre ahead of Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

6:36am - ENGLAND STRIKE FIRST! New Zealand can't score on the follow up and could be out here if England score. And they do! The Black Sticks have been knocked out of the gold medal match. They couldn't score in four quarters of action, and they couldn't score off four penalty shootout chances. Heartbreaking.

6:34am - Both teams have had two chances, neither have scored. 

6:33am - England miss! Even in the shootout, neither team can find the breakthrough.

6:32am - New Zealand first up and Ralph misses! She got her shot away but it went wide.

6:30am - Gill's second throw is 20.88m. He's added .40m from his first throw and remains in second, behind Walsh.

6:28am - Hooter sounds and we're heading to a penalty shootout! What drama.

6:26am - Just over a minute left in this tense match between England and the Black Sticks. You just get the feeling neither team could score no matter how long they played.

6:23am - Ford pins Sephora and wins the BRONZE medal. What a performance, and what a morning already for New Zealand.

6:22am - Walsh's second throw goes for 21.48. Not as good as his first but still holds a handy lead over Gill.

6:20am - Kiwi wrestler Tayla Ford is now up against Amylee Sephora of Mauritius, the pair facing off for the bronze medal in the women's 68kg category.

6:16am - Kiwi Gill moves to second! He throws 20.48 to move above the Englishman and New Zealand currently in the gold and silver medal position.

6:14am - Walsh still well in the lead, by more than 2m actually, as England's Scott Lincoln throws 19.8, to move second.

6:12am -  A series of surreal saves keeps England out! Black Sticks holding on but England looking more likely. 

6:09am - Back to the shot put! Walsh throws a mighty 21.98m! Kiwi setting the tone early as he charged towards another gold medal.

6:07am - Fourth quarter is underway! England have the first chance of the last 15 with a penalty corner and the shot goes JUST wide. Black Sticks survive.

6:03am - Third quarter comes to a close and we're STILL tied 0-0 between the Black Sticks and England. The quarter ends with New Zealand being shown another yellow card.

6:01am - England's keep again coming up trumps with a great save. Black Sticks had the penalty corner but just business as usual for the English player in goal.

6am - Kiwi shot putters Tom Walsh and Jacko just moments away from their final. A great chance for gold and potentially even more.

5:58am - Kiwi diver Maggie Squires has finished 10th in the women's 1m springboard. Impressive finish for the only 16-year-old.

5:56am - England can't do anything with the penalty corner and Black Sticks survive. Brave defending by New Zealand.

5:55am - Still 0-0 between the Black Sticks and England with six minutes left of the third quarter. England have forced the penalty corner after a great run down the left.

5:50am - England defence keep Black Sticks out again! New Zealand couldn't capatalise on back-to-back penalty corners. England's keep having a great game.

5:47am -  England receive their first yellow card, to go along with their two greens in the first half. Black Sticks with the player advantage for the next 10 minutes.

5:45am - Black Sticks and England get the third quarter underway! Can the Black Sticks find the opening? It's been extremely tight. 

5:41am - Kiwi wrestler Matthew Oxenham has been beaten by Alexander Moore of Canada in the men's freestyle 86kg event. He misses out on the bronze medal but what a great showing.

5:36am - Hooter brings a nervy half to a close between the Black Sticks and England. The home team had the best final chance, but couldn't convert. Plenty to come!

5:33am - BOWLS BRONZE! New Zealand's triple have thrashed the Cook Islands 26-7 for the bronze medal. A second for Val Smith, Nicole Toomey and Tayla Bruce.

5:30am - Just five minutes left of the half and much less to report of the second quarter. Fewer chances, in what has been a tight game.

5:22am - We're underway in the second quarter, and it doesn't take long for England to receive their second green card. After some confusion who it was, the right player is finally on the naughty chair. Can NZ make them pay?

5:18am - First quarter comes to a close with the Black Sticks and England tied at 0-0. It has been an entertaining first 15, with both teams with chances to score.

5:15am - Game slowing done now after a frantic start. Both teams guilty of making basic errors as we approach the end of the first quarter.

5:12am - Yellow card for Black Sticks! Rose Tynan slide to the ground after reaching for the ball and will spend 10 minutes on the sidelines. England have also been shown a green card.

5:08am - End to end stuff! New Zealand miss a glorious chance with the goal begging, before England counter-attack and force a good save.

5:06am - Starting to rain a little bit here in Birmingham. New Zealand had back-to-back penalty corners but couldn't capatalise. England defence scrambling well.

5:02am - The Black Sticks women have also just kicked off their semi-final against England. The defending champions are defending a penalty corner.

5am - Good morning and thank you for joining us this morning! Plenty of potential medal action to come with Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill in the shot put, as well the women's triple bronze, who are currently playing Cook Islands for bronze.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games - we're on the home stretch now!

After a rollicking start to the medal haul, our count has stagnated for a couple of days, as the New Zealand team search for the 17th gold that would match their best previous effort at Auckland 1990.

The men's shot put this morning could be our best hope, with defending champion Tom Walsh a clear favourite and sidekick Jacko Gill a strong medal conteder as well. In fourth and seventh, they were the Commonwealth's top placegetters at last month's world championships.

Walsh won't have American rivals Joe Kovacs or Ryan Crouser to contend with here. Don't discount another Kiwi one-two finish at these Games.

Our other big hopes this morning, depending on results last night, could be the women's bowls triple of Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey, who will contest medals of some description, whether they be gold, silver or bronze.

Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy face a tough challenge towards the defence of their women's doubles squash crown, facing England in the quarter-finals, while King and Paul Coll have booked a meeting with Scotland at the same stage of the mixed doubles. 

The Black Sticks women must overcome England in the hockey semi-finals - a mouthwatering rematch of the same stage four years ago, which ended in a penalty shootout.

Here's how the morning shapes up...

Tom Walsh - men's shot put final

Jacko Gill  - men's shot put final

Beach Volleyball
Alice Zeimann/Shaunna Polley v England - women's quarter-finals

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey - women's triples medal matches

Ali Forsyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham - men's fours semi-finals

Maggie Squire - women's 1m springboard final

NZ v Engand - women's semi-finals

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Paris Chin - individual all-round final

Havana Hopman - individual all-round final

Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy v England - women's doubles quarter-finals

Paul Coll & Joelle King v Scotland - mixed doubles quarter-finals

Tayla Ford - women's U68kg medal contests

Brahm Richards - men's U65kg medal contests