Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 8 - Coll & King chase doubles gold, netballer & volleyballers eye bronze on final day

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Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 8 - Coll & King chase doubles gold, netballer & volleyballers eye bronze on final day

11:45pm - Perry makes an error and it's all over. King and Landers-Murphy retain their gold medal from Gold Coast, and that's New Zealand's 20th of the Games.

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11:43pm - England win a point back to 10-8, but still matchball.

11:41pm - The Kiwis scramble to stay in the longest rally of the match, but Landers-Murphy contacts Waters and England win another point, closing to 9-7.

ALM wins the next point with a rare backhand and NZ have matchball...

11:39pm - England get the serve back at 9-5 and get another point back.

11:38pm - The Kiwis have now won the last five points and lead 8-4. This could be over quickly...

11:36pm - England score a point, but King wants to review a shot in the back corner and she wins the point to lead 4-3.

11:33pm - King and ALM take the opening two points of the second game, and threaten to run away with the match, but two errors from Landers-Murphy tie the score at 2-2.

11:30pm - The Kiwis fell behind for a few points, but have come back to snatch the lead at 9-8 and now hold game ball...

Landers-Murphy smashes crosscourt to win the point and the game 11-8.

11:24pm - New Zealand jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but when Landers-Murphy failed to move away and make space for her rival, the English successfully appealled and turned momentum back in their favour, with the score now at 6-6.

11:16am - Waters serves first for England and Landers-Murphy scores the first point for the Kiwis...

11:09pm - If you're joining us for the women's squash doubles final, we can tell you Malaysia's Rachel Arnold and Aifa Azman have taken the bronze medal, beating compatriots Yiwen Mas Chan and Ainaa Ampandi in the playoff.

Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy will now face England's Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters for gold. Landers-Murphy retired after the pair won gold at Gold Coast 2018, but has come back for these Games.

Perry beat King for bronze in the singles tournament, so there is a degree of payback in this match.

9:50pm - Squire and Tavener have their last dive, and score 55.89. They will finish ninth, once the England pair of Cutmore and Bent-Ashmeil dive... and they can still steal the win with 71.70.

They blow their last attempt and fall out of the medals altogether, leaving Scotland with gold, Australia silver and Malaysia bronze. Squire and Tavener finish ninth.

About an hour away from the women's squash doubles final, featuring Kiwis Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

9:46pm - Li and Keeney score 67.50, and can't overhaul the Scots. England's Houlden and Harper are next, but their 58.59 leaves them far short of the medals.

9:43pm - Scots Heatly and Reid produce the best of the night, 74.40, which will make them tough to beat.

Malaysians Puteh and Sabri can't match that and won't beat the Scots tonight.

9:40pm - After trailling the Kiwis early, the second Malaysian pair of Daim and Ng have probably put themselves out of reach with a very good fourth dive of 66.96.

Squire and Tavener score only 47.70 and will likely lead only the second Scottish team into the final round. IN fact, Cutmore and Bent-Ashmeil leap into second with the best dive of the competition, 72.00. 

9:36pm - Puteh and Sabri fall behind the Scots with their fourth dive, but Aussies Li and Keeney are still clear leaders, after their 68.82.

9:34pm - Heatley and Reid have 69.30 - the best score so far to take the lead.

9:30pm - Aussies Bedgood and Smith record the best third dive so far with 68.40 and climb into fourth. Squire and Tavener record 54.90 and slot into eighth, likely to fall another spot to the English.

9:28pm - England's Houlden and Harper take a novel approach, performing two completely different dives, but hitting the water together. They score 55.80 and climb into fourth.

9:25pm - This third round carries much greater difficulty, and Malaysians Puteh and Sabri move past Heatly and Reid into the lead with 68.40 and a 165.60 total. 

Their lead is shortlived, as Li and Keeney of Australia scored 67.50 and move into the lead.

9:20pm - Squire and Tavener take their second dive, and score 40.80 for a total of 86.40 that puts them seventh, with England to come. They score 45.80, which puts them fourth and the Kiwis eighth.

9:17pm - The Aussies record 49.80 and are level with the Scots in first after their opening two dives. Heatly and Reid were actually better on their reverse dive, so not much between these two pair.

9:13pm - The Kiwis' score of 45.60 puts them into seventh place, ahead of Scotland and Malaysia. England dive last and slot into second with 49.80, shunting NZ down to eighth.

9:11pm - Each pair will get five dives. Australians Li & Keeney currently lead with 50.40, from Scots Heatly and Reid, with NZ about to dive.

9:05pm - Welcome to our coverage of the final session of competition, with just four NZ athletes in action - Frazer Tavener and Maggie Squire in the synchronised diving, and Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy in women's doubles squash.

The diving has just started with the first pair from Scotland. Tavener and Squire are the ninth of 10 combinations to dive.

The Scots score 49.80 to kick off the competition... 

Here we are... the last night of competition at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

It's been a whirlwind 12 days and we've seen history created by our Kiwi athletes, who have won more gold than ever before, including a golden double to swimmer Lewis Clareburt, a hat-trick to cyclist Ellesse Andrews and an incredible four to fellow pedaller Aaron Gate.

These have also been our most successful Games for total medals outside of New Zealand, with only Auckland 1990 and Auckland 1950 surpassing this haul.

But there's time for one last flourish, as Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy try to defend the women's squash doubles gold they won at Gold Coast four year ago. In fact, King also took this title 12 years ago at Glasgow with Jaclyn Hawkes.

If we're really lucky, at some point this evening, we'll also hear who our flagbearer will be in the closing ceremony tomorrow morning (NZ time).

Here's how the evening shapes up for the NZ athletes...

Frazer Tavener & Maggie Squire - mixed 3m synchronised final

Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy v England - women's doubles medal matches


Well, that's the end of our coverage for now - but we'll be back later tonight as the Kiwi team continue a now record-breaking campaign.

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


Vanuatu have taken the third set 15-10.

They had five match points but only needed one to get across the line for the medal.

That's their first medal of these Games, and they definitely deserved it!


Vanuatu take the second set 22-20, we're heading to a decider!


The Kiwis fell behind 15-12 in the second set, but have now taken a 17-16 lead.

Another medal is within reach!


The second set is much closer, but the Kiwis lead 11-10 heading into the change of ends.


And the Kiwis take the first set. They've won it 21-10, and have the momentum heading into the second.


The Kiwis are in complete control so far. They lead 15-5 in the first set, needing to get to 21 to take it. Make that 15-6 actually.

First to two sets wins.


There's little time to rest in the medal hunt! Up next, Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley are up in the bronze medal match of the women's beach volleyball.

6:34am - SQUASH

Match ball to the Kiwis! King and Coll lead 10-6, and have five shots at gold.

But they'll only need one! King and Coll have won 11-6 in the second for a straight games victory and taken gold!

6:29am - SQUASH

Coll and King are 8-4 up in the second. The home crowd are getting in behind their duo, but Coll and King are on a mission here!

6:19am - SQUASH

And that's the first game! Coll and King take it 11-3 for a 1-0 lead.

They're 11 points away from gold!

6:16am - SQUASH

Coll and King have raced into an 8-2 lead in the first.

Great start for the Kiwis!

6:07am - SQUASH

The home side take the first point, but still a way to go yet. First to 11 wins the game, two games needed to win the match.

6:04am - SQUASH

Coll has already won one gold from these Games, while King has the chance as part of the women's doubles later on.

Not long away from the start of play.

6:01am - SQUASH

Here we go then! The mixed doubles final - Paul Coll and Joelle King face off against Alison Waters and Adrian Waller of England.

Can NZ bring home a 19th gold of these Games?

6:00am - DIVING

Kiwis Nathan Brown and Peter Sipkes have finished ninth and 12th in the men's 10m platform final.


Good morning! If you're just waking up, New Zealand has added a couple more medals to the tally!

Aaron Gate has won the men's road race - and set a new record for the most golds for New Zealand at a single games - while the Silver Ferns defeated England to take netball bronze.

But we're not done yet, with our mixed doubles squash pair of Joelle King and Paul Coll playing off for gold from 6am!


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the final day of competition at the Birmingham Commonwalth Games.

Phew, it's been an exhausting week, that has produced one of the most successful medal hauls from New Zealand in Games history. 

Entering last night's penultimate session, the team had equalled their biggest gold strike with 17, achieved at Auckland 1990, and were on the verge of their biggest offshore medal count, behind Auckland 1990 (58) and Auckland 1950 (54).  

There are still medals to be won at Birmingham, with our best gold prospect being Paul Coll and Joelle King in this morning's squash mixed doubles final against England.

The Silver Ferns face England for bronze in the netball, while Zeimann and Polley try to reach the podium in beach volleyball.

Here's how the morning shapes up for the Kiwi athletes...

Beach Volleyball
Alice Zeimann/Shaunna Polley v Vanuatau - women's bronze-medal match

Nathan Brown - 10m platform final

Luke Spikes - 10m platform final

NZ v England - bronze-medal match

Paul Coll & Joelle King v England - mixed doubles final