2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Coverage

Always better to have a real journalist pool side isn’t it? Nathan Templeton was great in Tokyo and Rio.

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Bruce just makes this athletics coverage so watchable. Hope 7 gets the rights to Paris. It’d be so awesome to have him go out on top calling from inside the stadium as opposed to remotely from Tokyo.

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MS popcorn moments!

Each to their own, I don’t mind having ex-athletes or current ones working in the media, even if it is only a once-off for that certain individual. They do provide some insight into other athletes and individuals that a Journalist might not be able to, Cate is doing a great job pool-side at the moment and should be commended appropriately.

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I wasn’t really a fan of Cate beforehand but she has really impressed me during her stint commentating.

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Update:

In a strange move, the majority of coverage of the Closing Ceremony has been moved off the main channel to 7Mate:

It will start at 5:15 AM on Seven then move to 7Mate at 5:30 AM to finish at 7:00 AM.

Sunrise will therefore start at its usual time of 5:30 AM.

Adelaide and Perth will receive the same schedule, therefore delayed coverage.

That is absolutely crap

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That’s a strange move. So 15 minutes of preview and brief recap of the entire Games on main channel, but for the ceremony itself you will have to tune into 7mate or stream on 7plus.

The closing ceremony highlights is on the main channel though, at 11.30pm on Tuesday.

A replay of the closing ceremony has also been added at 1:45 PM

Seven must have been worried after seeing the low numbers for the opening ceremony; but I would have thought its pretty poor form for the official broadcaster to close off their coverage this way. How much could it have damaged their numbers to run the ceremony up until 7am as originally planned?

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Especially with the Australian involvement in the Closing Ceremony with the handover to the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria

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Tonight

6.00pm Netball : Australia take on Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallists, the Sunshine Girls of Jamaica, in their final group match before the semi-finals. Super Netball grand final player of the match, Jhaniele Fowler, will captain the Jamaicans. In group B, New Zealand play reigning champions England, with the loser likely to have the tougher semi-final against Australia.

7.00pm Athletics: The men’s decathlon gets underway! Can Aussies Ash Moloney and Cedric Dubler upset defending champion Lindon Victor of Grenada? Then, the women’s 1500m T53/T54 will see legendary Australian Paralympians, defending champion Madison de Rozario, Angela Ballard and Christie Dawes. Women’s high jump qualifying begins with recently crowned world champion Eleanor Patterson and Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) – two of Australia’s hot favourites to win a medal!

7.00pm Cycling: The men’s and women’s road time trials will feature Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Rohan Dennis and Australia’s top-ranked road rider Grace Brown, who finished 4th in Tokyo.

11.00pm Diving: The opening night of the diving will feature Emily Boyd, Nikita Hains and Emily Meaney in the 10m individual. Will she become the first Australian diver to win gold at three consecutive Games?
Tomorrow
3.00am Diving: Can Australian diver Shixin Li make it to the men’s 1m springboard final?

3.00am Gymnastics: Australian bronze medallist, Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, returns for her second Games, alongside debutants Ashari Gill and Lidiia Iakovleva in the rhythmic gymnastics individual qualification events.

4.00am Athletics : Toowoomba native, Matt Denny, will go for gold in the men’s discus throw final, while Chris Mitrevski and Henry Frame will compete in the final of the men’s long jump.

4.00am Boxing: Aussie Tina Rahimi takes on Sameenah Toussaint of England in the women’s featherweight quarter final.

6.00am Hockey: The Kookaburras play Melbourne 2006 silver medallists Pakistan in the final pool match.

Friday night

5.30pm Lawn bowls: 2018 champions Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha van Eldik will be joined by Lynsey Clarke – who skipped Gold Coast as she had just given birth – in the women’s triples. Then, Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist, Jake Fehlberg, is looking to become the first para lawn bowls player to win back to back gold medals with new partner, Helen Boardman. Jake will be directed by Matthew Northcott, while Peter Doherty will guide Helen in the mixed B2/B3 pairs event.

7.00pm Athletics: We’re back at the track for the highly anticipated final day of the men’s decathlon featuring Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist, Ash Moloney competing against fellow Aussie Cedric Dubler.

11.30pm Gymnastics : Will Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Ashari Gill and Lidiia Iakovleva make it through to the individual finals? The last time Australia won a medal in this even was Naazmi Johnston’s gold in 2010!

*All times AEST

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What’s with the unnecessary addition of Matt Hill in commentary for the Field events? Dave Culbert has always done a great job calling these events solo :man_shrugging:t3:

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Does Gelmi go to bed or something at 9:30? Gone MIA at least the last two nights after this time, with Hamish solo. A bit odd.

That’s a tad harsh, IMO. You really need two and Culbert at least has expertise in field, as a former long jumper plus many years calling. So essentially Hill takes the play by play this time. Steve Hooker unavailable this CG?

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Getting the audience used to hearing his voice calling at track and field events. Expect to hear him calling track events sooner rather than later.

Let’s not assume Bruce won’t be around for years to come, he’s just signed on to 2024 and might include Paris Olympics (if they retain rights and God forbid any dramatic health turn).

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Not harsh at all. Dave Culbert has always done a great job by himself and made it entertaining. Just saying it’s unnecessary to add another commentator for the sake of it.

Steve Hooker wasn’t part of Tokyo. Pretty sure he just did selected events at Gold Coast 2018.

Only thing she’s done on the coverage tbh, don’t see the point of having someone of her limited experience in the studio while someone who’s more experienced like Mel McLaughlin is overseas doing some cringe show/segments. The Gelmi/Hamish pairing isn’t a good one, mainly Hamish’s fault for having next to no enthusiasm or atmosphere for the events at all.

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Considering it’s off peak I could understand if they put the whole thing on 7Mate then a daytime replay on Seven, but really it’s baffling how they won’t just cut Sunrise short for the week of the games to let coverage go through to 7am. Then again not too surprised network chiefs are paranoid that viewers may jump to Today at 5.30am if they’re not on air at exactly the same time.

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Events such as the Games and Olympics are only purchased by networks in order to to boost their other year round offerings. In the times of multi channels and everything on 7+ I do no personally see an issue when they decide to protect and boost one of their staples, especially when it is unlikely many would tune in at that time for a closing ceremony.

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Tonight

5.30pm Lawn bowls: 2018 champions Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha van Eldik will be joined by Lynsey Clarke – who skipped Gold Coast as she had just given birth – in the women’s triples. Then, Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist, Jake Fehlberg, is looking to become the first para lawn bowls player to win back to back gold medals with new partner, Helen Boardman. Jake will be directed by Matthew Northcott, while Peter Doherty will guide Helen in the mixed B2/B3 pairs event.

7.00pm Athletics: The men’s decathlon continues with the final five events – 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m. Can Aussies Cedric Dubler, Daniel Golubovic and Alec Diamond upset defending champion Lindon Victor of Grenada? Celeste Mucci and Michelle Jenneke will compete in the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles and Australia’s Abbey Caldwell, Linden Hall and Jessica Hull will line up for the heats of the women’s 1500m. The women’s long jump qualifying will feature Brooke Buschkuehl and Samantha Dale.

8.00pm Diving: Tik Tok sensation, Sam Fricker will go for gold in the final of the men’s synchronised 3m springboard along with partner, Li Shixin.

11.30pm Gymnastics : Will Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Ashari Gill and Lidiia Iakovleva make it through to the individual finals? The last time Australia won a medal in this event was Naazmi Johnston’s gold in 2010!

Tomorrow

3.00am Diving: Brittany O’Brien, Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan headline Australia’s chances in the women’s 1m spring board final.

3.45am Athletics : We begin the day’s athletics with Madison de Rozario and Matt Denny receiving their gold medals! Ella Connolly and Jacinta Beecher feature in the semis of the women’s 200m and Amy Cashin and Brielle Erbacher will go for gold in the final of the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

5.00am Hockey: The Hockeyroos will be eyeing redemption when they meet India in the women’s hockey semi-final. Last August, India broke Aussie hearts when they claimed the 1-0 victory in the Tokyo 2020 quarter-finals. Can our girls go one better and move one step closer to a Birmingham 2022 gold medal?

Saturday night

6.00pm Netball: Who will the Australian Diamonds come up against in the semi-final, following a shock loss to Jamaica?

7.00pm Athletics: The final of the women’s high jump will produce an epic battle between Aussie rivals Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallist, Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) and Glasgow 2014 gold medallist, Eleanor Patterson. The final of the men’s 1500m will be one of the highlights of the athletics program. Ollie Hoare shattered the Australian mile record in Oslo in June and is a great chance to receive a medal in the all-important race.

8:30pm Boxing: Aussie Kaye Scott will meet Mozambique boxer, Alcinda Helena Panguane, in the women’s light-middle semi-final. Then, Callum Peters continues Australia’s medal chances when he takes on Simnikiwe Bongco of South Africa in the men’s middleweight semi-final.

*All times AEST

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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