Comm Games recap: Gold, silver, bronze - Kiwis bring home full house of medals on day six

Relive all of the action from another outstanding day for Kiwi athletes competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

NZ medal tally: Gold 9 Silver 10 Bronze 7 Full table here: 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table


That wraps up our coverage of another thrilling day on the Gold Coast. New Zealand bought home another three medals, with a bronze for Hamish Bond, a silver for Linda Villumsen not to mention a stunning gold from Julia Ratcliffe.

To make things even better, boxers David Nyika, Alexis Pritchard, Patrick Mailata and Tasmyn Benny are all guaranteed at least a bronze medal. 

11:58pm: Swimming

The NZ women's team finish sixth at the 4x100m medley relay so no medal there but still a great effort.

11:55pm: Boxing

Kiwi boxer Patrick Mailata has defeated Stephen McMonagle of Northern Ireland in the men's over 91kg quarterfinal.

11:37pm: Athletics

Hulley up now on her final attempt, the only one close to challenging Ratcliffe - but she can't haul in the Kiwi with her last attempt! Gold for New Zealand!!!

11:30pm: Athletics

Ratcliffe goes even bigger! She throws 69.94m to push her lead out even further on her fifth throw! 

11:25pm: Athletics

Four throws down, Ratcliffe still in the lead.

11:22pm: Athletics

So, it's now raining at the athletics, meaning that Ratcliffe's lead could hold - with conditions now unfavourable for the hammer throw. Fingers crossed for a gold here.

11:09pm: Beach Volleyball

Cyprus have stunned New Zealand in the women's quarter-final, taking the second set 21-17 for victory.

11:05pm: Athletics

Ratcliffe throws 68.14m with her third attempt, but still leads with her 68.60 from earlier. Her closest competition is Australia's Alexandra Hulley at 68.20.

11:04pm: Lawn Bowls

The NZ women's triple have flattened Jersey 23-8.

10:56pm: Athletics

Another huge throw from Ratcliffe! She's managed a second attempt of 68.60 to push her lead out even further.

10:53pm: Athletics

Kiwi hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe storms into the early lead with a throw of 66.19m! Great signs early on!

10:50pm: Swimming 

So close for Jesse Reynolds! The Kiwi finished fourth by a whisker, with three Australians taking the medals.

10:47pm: Beach Volleyball

Cyprus take the first set against New Zealand, winning 21-10.

10:46pm: Swimming

Kiwi duo Chris Arbuthnott and Jesse Reynolds are both up in action now, taking part in the men's S9 backstroke final.

10:36pm: Beach Volleyball

Kiwi duo Shaunna Polley and Kelsie Wills are up against Cyprus in their quarter-final.

10:19pm: Swimming

Ashby was right in contention, but fell away towards the final length of the medley, finishing fifth while Clareburt came in seventh.

10:14pm: Swimming

Lewis Clareburt and Bradlee Ashby are both up now, competing in the men's 200m individual medley final.

10:13pm: Basketball

The Tall Ferns have resisted a late fight back from Mozambique, taking the match 79-63 to set up a semi-final clash with Australia on Friday night.

10:09pm: Boxing

Walsh takes the bout by a unanimous decision, a brave effort from Leroy Hindley.

10:05pm: Boxing

Hindley in a spot of trouble against Walsh going into the third round.

9:57pm: Boxing

NZ's Leroy Hindley has begin his 69kg quarter-final clash with Northern Ireland's Aidan Walsh.

9:56pm: Squash

The men's doubles team of Coll and Grayson have come away with a 2-0 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines.

9.52pm: Basketball

We're into the fourth quarter and the Tall Ferns are up 60-41. 

9.48pm: Squash

NZ men's pair are currently a game and 10-2 up over St Vincent and Grenadines. 

9.45pm: Basketball

The Tall Ferns (who are on the online channel, link above) are currently leading 57-41. 


Apologies to any of you out there whose signal is being affected. It's down to the weather currently hammering the country. Here's the latest on that. 

9:40pm: Swimming

Australia's Titmus wins gold with Doyle in eighth. Well done Carina for reaching the final.

9:36pm: Swimming

We're just about to get underway in the women's 400m free finak. Doyle is in lane one...

9.29pm: Swimming

We're not far from things getting underway at the pool on the last night of the swimming competition. Carina Doyle is in the women's 400m free final, Daniel Hunter is in the 50m free final while Lewis Clareburt and Brad Ashby are in the 200m IM final. Jesse Reynolds is also one of the favourites for the men's 100m brackstroke S9 final. We've also got the women in the relay medley final. 

9.15pm: Basketball

That's halftime and NZ are up 41-26. While the women enjoy a rest, take a look at some of these medal highlights from the NZ team. 

9:08pm: Basketball

There's just over three minutes left in the second quarter and NZ are up 32-19. 

8:55pm: Basketball

The Ferns are up 18-7 at quarter time with the game shifting to the online channel (link above). Also if you're looking to bask in the afterglow of NZ's golden run so far on the GC then you must have a look at this wrap of NZ's medal wins so far. 

8:47pm: Basketball

Rooney drains a three! NZ up 17-4. 

8:42pm: Basketball

Mozambique finally get a bucket. NZ still up 12-3. 

8:40pm: Basketball

The Ferns have made a great start to the game. They're up 10-0. 

8:36pm: Basketball

Purcell with a nice move in the post! NZ 5-0. 

8:35pm: Basketball

Tip off and NZ makes the first shot - a deep three!

8:29pm: Basketball

The players are out on court now for the anthems. The Tall Ferns will be aiming for a fourth straight win at the Games. 

8:20pm: Squash

The NZ mixed doubles team has beaten Malta 2-0 in their pool clash. 

8:02pm: Basketball

We're just under 30 minutes away from tip-off in the Tall Ferns' match with Mozambique.

7:36pm: Men's beach volleyball

NZ have won 21-14! The end came quickly as the O'Dea brothers outclassed the T&T pair. The brothers will play for a medal. Congratulations!

7:30pm: Men's beach volleyball

Williams cost T&T with a net touch. NZ up 17-11 now. 

7:30pm: Men's beach volleyball

NZ up 12-9 at the break.

7:25pm: Men's beach volleyball

The O'Dea boys are now up 7-5.

7:21pm: Men's beach volleyball

Williams from Trinidad and Tobago has done something to his neck but he's come out from an injury timeout. 

7:21pm: Men's beach volleyball

Early in the second set and the O'Dea boys are up 3-2. 

7:17pm: Men's beach volleyball

The O'Dea boys have won the first set 21-15.  

7:15pm: Men's beach volleyball

Ben O'Dea disagrees with a call that the ball hit the sand. Kiwis up 17-13. Williams pumping up the crowd after a nice block. 

7:12pm: Men's beach volleyball

NZ up 14-10, T&T get one back

7:09pm: Men's beach volleyball

The O'Dea boys are up 11-10 at the timeout. 

7:07pm: Men's beach volleyball

Sam pounds a spike to give NZ a 9-7 lead.

7:04pm: Men's beach volleyball

The O'Dea boys are up 6-5. 

7:00pm: Men's beach volleyball

Sam O'Dea puts away a spike to win the first point of the match.

6:40pm: Men's beach volleyball

The O'Dea brothers are up at 7pm playing Trinidad and Tobago in the quarterfinal of the men's beach volleyball. A great Kiwi story there.

6:32pm: Laurel Hubbard opens up on her career ending injury suffered at the Games

Click here to watch Hubbard speak about her "busted arm".

6:20pm: Kiwis in action update

The Tall Ferns basketball team take on Mozambique at 8:30pm in the women's qualifying final.

Daniel Hunter will be going for gold in the pool at the 50m freestyle final at 9:45pm.

Julia Ratcliffe will also be looking to medal in the women's hammer throw final at 10:40pm.

Plenty of other Kiwis in action in beach volleyball, boxing, squash and more, so settle in!

The Kiwi was a class above her rivals to take the gold medal. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Villumsen finished second to Australia's Katrin Garfoot on the Gold Coast. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

The former rower continued his remarkable transition to cycling with a bronze medal in the time trial. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games


Athletes who vanished during Commonwealth Games turn up in Sydney

A group of athletes who disappeared while they were supposed to be competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last month have finally resurfaced with their visas due to expire later tonight.

Daily Telegraph reports that the group of African athletes who went missing are now consulting with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Approximately 19 athletes disappeared during the Games, including five boxers and three wrestlers from Cameroon - one of whom was meant to face Kiwi fighter David Nyika in the heavyweight section quarter-finals.

The Australian Government emphasised during last month's event that the athletes had not breached their visas by leaving the athletes' village but they were warnings they would be tracked down as well as an urge to depart before the visas expired today.

"If they don't want to be held in detention or locked up at the local watch house, they'd better jump on a plane before the 15th and comply with their visa's conditions," Australia's Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton said.

It isn't the first case of athletes disappearing during the Commonwealth Games. 

In 2012, seven athletes from Cameroon were reported missing while back in 2006 in Melbourne, 14 athletes from Sierra Leone were eventually granted asylum after more than 40 competitors went missing.

Cameroon weightlifter Olivier Matam went missing during the Commonwealth Games.
Cameroon weightlifter Olivier Matam went missing during the Commonwealth Games. Source: Getty



Police appeal for public's help to recover David Nyika's stolen Comm Games gold medal

Police want to speak to people seen on CCTV at an Auckland store over the Commonwealth Games gold medal that was stolen from boxer David Nyika.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

Nyika, who defended his Glasgow heavyweight gold with a win over Australia's Jason Whately, was in Auckland last month when he noticed his medal, as well as some vouchers, had been stolen from his car.

He reported the theft to police on April 29.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

Detective Sergeant Paul Slater of Hamilton Tactical Crime Unit says police are interested in speaking to the people seen in these CCTV video still in this story taken at a store in Onehunga.

"Obviously a Commonwealth Games medal is very distinctive and of high sentimental value to the victim and his family, our priority is to return this medal to its rightful owner," he said.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

"We want to speak to anyone who has information or was in the area at the time, we believe someone will know where it is or who these people are in these photos so we can speak to them."

"We also want to speak to the people pictured as we believe they can help us with our inquiries.

Nykia won the medal on the Gold Coast, and says it holds plenty of sentimental value for him. Source: 1 NEWS

Nyika said he was confident the police would find the culprits and his medal.

"At first I was quite embarrassed about it, but now I'm just angry.

"I just want the medal back. It's almost worthless to anyone but me, you know, so I really hope I can get it back."

If anyone has information they can contact Detective Sergeant Paul Slater on (07) 858 6200.

Nyika defeated Jason Whateley by unanimous decision at the Comm Games in the 91kg division. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

The 22-year-old dominated his Aussie rival Jason Whateley in the final to win by unanimous decision in the men’s 91kg division. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police want to talk to this person (in the inset) or anyone who recognises this person (inset) in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: Photosport


Commonwealth champion Julia Ratcliffe learned hammer throw in the backyard

Many of New Zealand’s greatest rugby players and cricketers developed their skills in the backyard, but Commonwealth champion Julia Ratcliffe is probably the first to learn the hammer throw at home.

The Ratcliffes’ home facility is the perfect training ground for track and field's latest star with a total of 27 hammers, the lightest being 2kg and the heaviest being 8kg.

"Dad was out in the back yard with the 100 metre tape measuring out the logistics of where the hammer circle would go," Ratcliffe said.

It was high stakes for Ratcliffe’s dad and coach, Dave.

"If we would have hit the house my wife would have said 'off you go'," he said.

Surprisingly, it didn't start with the hammer for the 24-year-old, she showed promise in the hurdles, winning the North Island champs but found out the hard way running wasn't her thing.

"She would run 100 metres, she would get left for dead, everybody would always beat her, she was quite explosive but she wasn't really built to run anything over 20 metres," her dad said.

From plodder to an explosive thrower, Ratcliffe's victory on the Gold Coast her best result to date.

The Princeton economics graduate is taking some time away from the hammer after shouldering an injury for almost a year.

"So the joints that attach your collar bone to your sternum, so they were subluxing, so partially dislocating," Ratcliffe said.

She'll focus on rehab before eyeing up her next big event, the world champs in October next year.

Then it'll be Tokyo and the chance to compete at her first Olympics.

Trained by her dad in the backyard, Ratcliffe is the country's latest athletics star, even if running wasn't her thing. Source: 1 NEWS


'It's been a bit of a whirlwind!' - Black Sticks women's star still coming to terms with historic gold medal

Black Sticks defender Sam Charlton says her side's Commonwealth Games success will be a pivotal moment for the side, having claimed their first ever gold medal on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand's 4-1 victory over arch-rivals Australia sealed the historic gold medal for New Zealand, with Charlton telling TVNZ1's Breakfast that the Black Sticks are still living with the euphoria of their triumph.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind!" she said.

"It was huge for us, obviously it's something that we've never achieved before.

"It's something we set out to do and we knew that it was going to be a really hard task. But to actually achieve that and come back and do that on behalf of our team and everyone back here, it was really special for us."

Charlton also added that the gold medal can be a stepping stone for future success, with a packed schedule on the cards for the Black Sticks.

"We have our World Cup in July, which is a huge pinnacle event for us."

"At the Commonwealth Games we achieved some really important milestones - we won our first shootout, which is a really big thing for us, and to win a final as well.

"Just proving to ourselves that we can do it against some of the best teams in the world is something that'll give us a huge amount of confidence going forward."

Defender Sam Charlton opened up on her side's victorious Commonwealth Games campaign. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games