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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 9:19 am

The sport started about half an hour ago.

I don't have a clue about Lawn Bowls, but England are 10-0 up....surely a good thing?

Twenty Gold medals are to be won today.

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:47 am

Mo Farah has withdrawn...massive disappointment.

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Post by GSC on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:55 am

Tbh Duty, I'm really not bothered by the Commonwealth games
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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 11:35 am

But it's the bastion of the middle class, dear fellow!

Badminton. And Squash. With a smidgen of Lawn Bowls thrown in for good measure.

I'm off to get a Cucumber sandwich and some sparkling English wine - long live the British Empire!

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 1:04 pm

First Gold Medal goes to England! Yahoo

Well done Ms. Stimpson. clap

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 4:51 pm

Another marvellous, stupendous effort from the Brownlee brothers to take a one-two finish in the Triathlon. clap

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 5:58 pm

Superb effort by Australia in the team pursuit to take their second gold. England currently on three.

Very refreshing to have Jerusalem as the anthem!

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:40 pm

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor could well be a future superstar of swimming. Terrific talent, just beaten into silver by Emma McKeown on an event she's only just started swimming really. Great to finally have a Brit whose underwater skills match the very best too clap.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:57 pm

and right on cue Siobhan produces a lovely swim in the 100m butterfly semi to qualify fastest for tomorrow's final. Impressive clap

All in all it's been an excellent day for the home nations (England and Scotland in particular).

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 9:21 pm

Wonderful by Ross Murdoch! Scotland level with Australia thus far on Gold medals.

England picked up three golds in the judo.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 9:25 pm

Australia unsurprisingly easily win the freestyle relay, though England pushed them hard for the first 200/250 meters or so. Australia actually smash the world record, while England beat the British record. That woman Siobhan-Marie leading off with a very credible 54.0 in the first leg, though she won't be competing in the individual I don't think...

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 9:27 pm

the combined might of GB absolutely smashing the medal table Very Happy

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Post by Dave. on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:17 pm

Ahh yes. Someone get Linebreaker in here.

We are going to kick some Aussie butt at lawn bowls

Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.....

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:40 pm

Australia have topped every single medals table at the Commonwealth Games since, I believe, 1990.

Let's not get Linebreaker in here, haha.

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Post by Pal Joey on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:52 pm

Dave. wrote:Ahh yes. Someone get Linebreaker in here.

We are going to kick some Aussie butt at lawn bowls

Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.....

I'm here Dave. Took me a while to find it.

Go well in the Lawn Bowls, mate.

I actually live next door to a state champ who has offered to introduce me to the sport.
I was thinking... isn't bowls an "old peoples sport"? but these days the national champ is about 21 y.o. and there is some local kid who started when he was 5 and is now about 13. He's a natural champion apparently.

I've always had a soft spot for the Comm Games ever since I got a lime green "Christchurch '74" t-shirt.

Think I still have it here somewhere but it is too tiny to wear anymore. Sad

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Post by Pal Joey on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 10:59 pm

Duty281 wrote:Australia have topped every single medals table at the Commonwealth Games since, I believe, 1990.

Let's not get Linebreaker in here, haha.

Too late, duty.  Smile 

Yes, we've done very well since Auckland 1990.

Here's a little ready-reckoner for you, mate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-time_medal_tally_of_Commonwealth_Games
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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 9:22 am

Have a look at this one...oh so what if it doesn't last?!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/2014/medals/countries

Twenty-two gold medals to be won today.

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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 9:55 am

Duty281 wrote:Have a look at this one...oh so what if it doesn't last?!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/2014/medals/countries

Twenty-two gold medals to be won today.

Shall we put that one up in the OP?
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Post by GSC on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 9:57 am

Only while we lead Whistle
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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 9:59 am

GSC wrote:Only while we lead Whistle

Done... but someone will have to remove it later on today.  Whistle 
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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 12:51 pm

a tactical masterclass from Jason Kenny in the QF of the men's sprint there. Up against the quicker on paper Glaezer he rode two great races: in the first he took advantage of Glaezer giving him a bit too much space to steal the jump, taking it from a long way out; in the second Glaezer led it out, but Kenny hung onto the back wheel all the way and used the extra length of the finishing straight to just nip past him at the end.

Superb racing and Kenny is through to the semis clap

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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 3:00 pm

Nick Matthew of England continues to make serene progress in the Squash. clap

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 3:56 pm

I would love to see Squash in at the Olympics, such a spectacular sport.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 3:58 pm

all set for a great evening of track cycling and swimming Very Happy

First up, England vs Australia on the track as Kenny takes on Lewis.

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Post by kingraf on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:44 pm

Some of these netball girls are just goddesses. My girlfriend is probably half their sizes!
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Post by GSC on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:45 pm

Size or age?
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Post by kingraf on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:55 pm

Both probably! My girl couldn't be any more than 5'3 115lbs, and is only 18.
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Post by kingraf on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:57 pm

maybe 19...
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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:58 pm

Jason Kenny...marvellous! And into the final.

Not enough superlatives to do justice to those last two heats.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 4:58 pm

Oh yes! Kenny drops the first race against Lewis, but delivers a tactical masterclass in the next two to make the final. Beautiful riding from the Olympic champion clap.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 5:01 pm

that was really masterful racing. In the second race he gave himself just enough of a gap down the back straight to be able to slingshot around the outside of the final bend. Lewis tried to react in the decider by keeping Kenny closer, but the Englishman feinted, forced him down onto the curb and then just swooped around the outside.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 5:12 pm

England getting the better of the Aussies in the velodrome today so far, first Kenny ousting a couple of them on his way to the final, and now Joanna Rowsell has beaten Annette Edmondson to claim gold in the individual pursuit clap.

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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 5:41 pm

Oh my goodness.

Inch perfect by Kenny in the second heat of the final; thought he was done for at first!

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 5:43 pm

very much Kenny's tactics up against the superior speed and power of Webster, but Kenny once again times it to perfection to inch out Webster and set us up for a decider.

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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 6:13 pm

Webster gets a deserved gold medal over Kenny. clap

England and Australia on seven golds each, but the former can nose ahead in the Judo.

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Post by Duty281 on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 7:44 pm

England up to double digits now; an exceptional well done to Ben Proud in the fifty metre butterfly. As there's an All-English final upcoming in the Judo, 10 will become 11 soon.

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Post by Scrumpy on Fri 25 Jul 2014, 10:36 pm

Nice to hear England's real National Anthem for once!
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Post by Taylorman on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 4:51 am

well done webster..."completely emptied the tank in that last run". NZ cycling has been steadily improving bit by bit every year.

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 7:39 am

Scrumpy wrote:Nice to hear England's real National Anthem for once!


How many national anthems has England got? I knew about "swing low" and " God save the Queen" but they now seem to have another one.

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Post by GSC on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 7:42 am

Jerusalem.
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Post by Pal Joey on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 9:20 am

aucklandlaurie wrote:
Scrumpy wrote:Nice to hear England's real National Anthem for once!


How many national anthems has England got? I knew about "swing low" and " God save the Queen" but they now seem to have another one.

Surely you've heard "Jerusalem" before?

"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is not an anthem but merely a song they like singing.  Smile
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Post by Duty281 on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 9:24 am

England doesn't have an official national anthem, so we often use God Save the Queen or, on occasion, Jerusalem. There's also Land of hope and Glory but usage of that is very rare.

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Post by Pal Joey on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 9:25 am

Duty281 wrote:England doesn't have an official national anthem, so we often use God Save the Queen or, on occasion, Jerusalem. There's also Land of hope and Glory but usage of that is very rare.

I only hear that one at the Proms! Where else is it used?
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Post by Duty281 on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 9:33 am

It used to be played at home Rugby League games and Commonwealth Games before 2010 for England.

Doesn't get any airing now it seems.

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 10:08 am

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aucklandlaurie wrote:
Scrumpy wrote:Nice to hear England's real National Anthem for once!


How many national anthems has England got? I knew about "swing low" and " God save the Queen" but they now seem to have another one.

Surely you've heard "Jerusalem" before?
"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is not an anthem but merely a song they like singing.  Smile


Yeah, its in Israel, been on the news all week.

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Post by Duty281 on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 10:56 am

Superb advert for the game of netball with Australia edging out England in the dying seconds.

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Post by alfie on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 12:36 pm

Loaded Dog now , lb ?

Wish people wouldn't do this...tough on slow chaps like me ; wondering where this new Aussie poster had come from , and how he got to be a Mod so quickly  monkey 

How you enjoying still trailing the Poms after two days , mate ? Even without adding on the Scots ...
Don't worry : reckon the home team will run out of Judo events before your lot run out of swimming races  Smile 

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Post by Duty281 on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 1:00 pm

England, one of the favourites for the mixed team relay Triathlon, are in the leading pack. Should be getting a Gold in this one...fingers crossed!

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Post by Duty281 on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 1:46 pm

A cruise to the finish for England, and that completes a clean sweep of three gold medals for England in the Triathlon.

Well done to all four athletes. clap

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Post by alfie on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 2:06 pm

Yes well done the English triathlon team...can't do much better than that  clap 

Better be careful though : when England dominate a sport it often seems to disappear from future CWG . England and Scotland clean swept Judo in 1990 and it has taken 24 years to come back !
I wonder if the Gold Coast mob are thinking of replacing triathlon with sheep shearing for 2018  Smile 

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