Commonwealth Games

ARU welcomes Sevens funding boost

Friday June 9, 2017 by  

Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and AIS of the Commonwealth Government’s $122 million investment in national sporting organisations for 2017/18.

The Australian Women’s Sevens team, Gold Medallists at the Rio Olympic Games in August last year, have been bolstered by a $500k (65% increase) in funding for their program ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Total ASC support for the Women’s Sevens program will be $1.265m for the coming year. Read more

Kookaburras claim Commonwealth Gold

Monday August 4, 2014 by  

A third consecutive cup final hat-trick from Chris Ciriello helped the Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, to a fifth Commonwealth Games title, maintaining their record as the only team ever to win the gold medal at Games.

Six weeks after his hat-trick helped Australia to a 6-1 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup Final, the 28 year-old’s treble laid the foundation for a 4-0 win over India in Glasgow.

Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden followed up with Australia’s fourth goal to make certain of the result after unselfish build-up play by Kieran Govers. Read more

Hockeyroos win Commonwealth Games gold

Sunday August 3, 2014 by  

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out.

Trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out. Read more

Sevens team rallies to claim bronze

Tuesday July 29, 2014 by  

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John praised the desire of his side after overcoming Semi-Final disappointment to demolish Samoa in the Bronze Medal match at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Australia beat the Samoans 24-0 after losing to New Zealand in the Semi-Finals (7-19). Earlier, the Aussies recovered from a forgettable first half to dramatically overturn a 19-point deficit and beat Wales in the Quarter-Finals.

Geraint John, in his first tournament in charge of the Men’s Sevens team, said: “It’s been a really positive weekend. We were clinical in our games yesterday, showed power and precision to beat England and then showed that no cause is ever lost against Wales. We were up against it in that game, and although both teams were out on their feet, we found a way to win. Read more

ARU congratulates Gold Coast

Saturday November 12, 2011 by  

Australian Rugby Union congratulates the Queensland Government and all involved with the 2018 Commonwealth Games bid following today’s momentous decision to return the event to Australia in seven years time at the Gold Coast.

At an assembly in St Kitts in the West Indies, 70 Commonwealth Games Federation delegates voted 43-27 for the Gold Coast in a two-way race with Sri Lankan city Hambantota.

It will be Australia’s fifth hosting of the Commonwealth Games, following Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne (2006). Read more

Diamonds set in Silver as Ferns clinch Gold

Thursday October 14, 2010 by  

The Australian Diamonds have fallen perilously short of claiming Commonwealth Gold today after losing an incredible final match, 66-64, in sudden death overtime to the New Zealand Silver Ferns.

In a match plagued by whistle and umpire inconsistency, the two top ranked sides show why they are clearly at the pinnacle of the game, and justified their place as the final event in the Commonwealth Games.

The Diamonds started the match tentatively, with tournament standout shooter, Nat Medhurst missing three attempts in the first quarter. Prior to this match, she had missed only four for the tournament. Read more

Diamonds to play off for gold medal

Wednesday October 13, 2010 by  

The Australian Diamonds will play off for a gold medal after defeating England 51-45 in their semi final in Delhi last night.

After going through the group stage of the tournament undefeated, it was going to be a tough ask coming up against a much improved English team. England lost a single preliminary game against defending Commonwealth champions New Zealand and could draw confidence from their one goal win over the Diamonds earlier this year.

It was an intense and closely contested opening quarter, with neither side ahead to move ahead as they matched each other goal for goal. The Diamonds were able to create a handy two goal buffer midway through the quarter courtesy of Natalie Medhurst (goal attack), but England to clawed their way back. At quarter time, scores were tied at 12 goals each. Read more

Aussie Sevens fall to New Zealand

Tuesday October 12, 2010 by  

Australia went close to breaking New Zealand’s 12-year Commonwealth Games winning streak but came up short 24-17 in the gold medal match of the Rugby Sevens competition at Delhi University in Delhi on Tuesday.

Captain Patrick McCutcheon’s side held a 10-point lead early in the second half but the experienced Kiwis fought back and piled on three unanswered tries to close out the match and claim their fourth successive gold medal.

By claiming silver, coach Michael O’Connor’s young squad achieved Australia’s best ever result at a Games, breaking a 12-year drought which began after captain David Campese’s team won bronze in Kuala Lumpur when the sport made its debut on the playing roster. Read more

Delhi win continues Hooker’s major title defence

Tuesday October 12, 2010 by  

Reigning world and Olympic champion Steve Hooker has successfully defended his Commonwealth Games title in Delhi overnight to reaffirm his position as one of the most successful athletes of the current era.

Entering the competition with only two competitors remaining, it took Hooker just two clearances – one at 5.50m and one at 5.60m – to secure the gold medal on a count back to England’s Steve Lewis (5.60m). English countryman Max Eaves (5.40m) finished with the bronze medal.

The Australian athletics team captain raised the bar to a new Commonwealth Games record height of 5.81m following the confirmation of his win but feeling some discomfort in his knee on the runway, opted against the jump. Read more

Aussies remain in medal race despite loss

Tuesday October 12, 2010 by  

The Australian Rugby Sevens team remains right in the race for a Commonwealth Games medal despite falling to arch-rivals England in their final pool match at Delhi University in Delhi on Monday.

Australia recorded convincing victories over Uganda and Sri Lanka on day one of competition but fell 21-19 to England to finish second in Pool D.

Coach Michael O’Connor’s side appeared set to pay the price for their two-point loss with a tough quarterfinals encounter with reigning world series champions Samoa, however, Kenya produced a boilover in the final match of the day and defeated the Pacific Island heavyweights to top Pool C. Read more

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