Comm Games recap: Men's Black Sticks fall to the Aussies in gold medal match but claim Comm Games silver

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage from night 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games from the Gold Coast, Australia.

NZ medal tally: Gold 12 Silver 16 Bronze 14

Full table here: 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table


That'll do it for tonight, but we will be back tomorrow for the rugby sevens and netball on a big final day of action!

12:40am: Hockey men's

It's all over - Australia were simply too good and they take gold after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the final. The Black Sticks should be proud of their efforts at the Commonwealth Games - winning silver.

12:34am: Hockey men's

MISS! Mark Knowles of Australia misses his penalty shot at goal and New Zealand still trail Australia 2-0 with four minutes on the clock.

12:30am: Hockey men's

The clock is the enemy now for the Black Sticks, there is five minutes remaining in the match. The New Zealand side has really struggled to keep up with their Aussie rivals who have looked threatening every time they are on attack. The NZ team are yet to have a penalty corner awarded to them in this match.

12:24am: Hockey men's

It's the Aussies attacking again though, desperate defence from the Black Sticks to avoid going 3 nil down.

12:20am: Hockey men's

Still 2 - 0 and New Zealand have one quarter left to rescue the match and claim gold.

Three moments of magic on the way perhaps?

12:13am: Hockey men's

Halfway through the 3rd quarter and the Black Sticks haven't troubled the Aussie goal. Remains 2 - 0.

12:04am: Hockey men's

Back underway in the 3rd quarter. Can the Kiwis pull it back?

11:58pm: Hockey men's 

Australia 2 - 0 New Zealand at the end of the 2nd quarter.

11:51pm: Hockey men's

GOAL! That's number two for the Aussies, a shot deflected off a Kiwi stick rattles the back of the net.

Australia 2 - 0 New Zealand in the 2nd quarter.

11:41pm: Hockey men's

GOAL! Slick approach play from the Aussies leads to the first goal of the match.

That's 1 - 0 to Australia, and you have to say they deserve the lead.

11:37pm: Hockey men's

The Aussies coming hard at the start of the second quarter, some good defending from NZ sees of the latest attack.

11:34pm: Hockey men's

It's 0 - 0 after the first quarter between the Black Sticks and Australia.

11:31pm: Hockey men's

Aussies on the attack late into the 1st quarter but still all square in a tense game.

11:27pm: Hockey men's

CLOSE! The Black Sticks have a shot at goal that whistles past the Aussie keeper's head and narrowly misses.

11.21pm: Hockey men's

PENALTY CORNER! Australia have a chance to score here but the Black Sticks do extremely well to defend and keep the Aussies out.

11.18pm: Hockey men's

The men's hockey final is underway between New Zealand and Australia.

11.16pm: Sevens men's

NZ 33 CAN 7

Canada get the last say with a consolation try and the New Zealand men's team finish the day unbeaten.

The 18-year-old scored a double in the first half of New Zealand's 40-7 win over Kenya at the Comm Games. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

11.13pm: Sevens men's

NZ 33 CAN 0

TRY! Kurt Baker scores his first try of the match after a lovely offload from Regan Ware to Akuila Rokolisoa. Rokolisoa makes a good run before delivering a perfect pass to Kurt Baker who runs away to score under the posts untouched.

11.09pm: Sevens men's

TRY! Regan Ware goes in for his second try of the match after another clever set up from NZ's play-maker Vilimoni Koroi. The conversion is good and NZ lead 26-0.

11.04pm: Sevens men's

NZ 19 CAN 0

TRY! Vilimoni Koroi runs in under the posts after Canada fail to stop him, he was momentarily stopped but he powered through a tackle from a Canadian defender. NZ lead 19-0 at the break.

11.02pm: Sevens men's

NZ 12 CAN 0

TRY! Regan Ware dots down over the right hand corner after some good running from Vilimoni Koroi to create the space out wide. Canada are in real trouble leaking in a try after one of their players were sent to the bin for an intentional knock down. The conversion is good from out wide.

11.00pm: Sevens men's

NZ 5 CAN 0

TRY! The NZ skipper Scott Curry goes over in the left hand corner as New Zealand spot the overlap down the left edge. The conversion is no good from New Zealand - they lead 5-0.

10.59pm: Sevens men's

And we are underway! Andrew Knewstubb kicks the ball off long towards Canada. They make a mistake and the NZ side have an attacking scrum deep inside Canada's 22. 

10.58pm: Sevens men's

New Zealand and Canada are both out on the pitch getting ready for their last match of the day in Pool C in the Gold Coast.

NZ men's squad: Tim Mikkelson, Scott Curry, Dylan Collier, Sam Dickson, Trael Joass, Vilimoni Koroi, Andrew Knewstubb, Sione Molia, Kurt Baker, Regan Ware, Etene Nanai Seturo, Akuila Rokolisoa

10:30pm: Sevens

Not long now until the men's rugby sevens take on Canada, been a lull for the Kiwis for a while.

9.51pm Sevens

Coming up at 10.49pm the All Blacks Sevens take on Canada in a pool match.

9.35pm Basketball

BRONZE medal for the New Zealand women with a 74-58 victory over Canada. Well done.

9.27pm Basketball

Wth just two-and-a-half minutes to go New Zealand hold the advantage over Canada in the bronze medal match. NZ leads 71-53.

9.22pm Basketball

With six minutes to go in the match Canada a clawed back a few points against the Tall Ferns. Game on with New Zealand leading 57-47.

9.09pm Basketball

At the end of the third quarter in the women's basketball final Tall Ferns have a healthy 57-39 lead over Canada.

Australia defeated NZ 2-0 at the Gold Coast hockey final. 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