2022 Commonwealth Games – Day 7 (Aug 4)

2022 Commonwealth Games – Day 7 (Aug 4)2022-08-03T19:46:20+10:00
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  • Avatar photoIan Harkin
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      9am: AUSTRALIA v JAMAICA
      (6pm AEST, 8pm NZ, 3am Jam)

      11am: WALES v BARBADOS
      (8pm AEST, 10pm NZ, 6am Bar)

      2pm: TRIN & TOBAGO v NTH IRELAND
      (11pm AEST, 1am NZ, 9pm T&T)

      4pm: MALAWI v UGANDA
      (1am AEST, 3am NZ, 5pm Mal, 6pm Uga)

      7pm: SOUTH AFRICA v SCOTLAND
      (4am AEST, 6am NZ, 8pm SA)

      9pm: NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND
      (6am AEST, 8am NZ)

      Avatar photoIan Harkin
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        Put this thread up a day early so you can discuss what’s going to happen.

        al_ex
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          I actually think Jamaica have a good shot at beating Australia. They seem to have improved over C/WA/GA and Moloney and Brazill have been quite underwhelming. I think the Diamonds need Hadley and Wood, and we most likely won’t have them (at least not for a full game).

          I just don’t see how NZL are going to get enough ball defensively to beat England. If they had Burger and Watson it would be a completely different story. A lot of people have been murmuring that Johnson might be the X Factor, but when was the last time she dominated a game for 60 minutes at GD? ANZC 2015 for the Mystics?

          TB
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            Australia will always step up to the occasion.
            I agree that Jamaica could easily cause an upset. I think the key for them, is stay disciplined. Which is something they’ve always struggled with in the big games.

            I’m quietly confident that the Ferns will defeat England. But it really is anyones game. I feel on paper/experience England should win.

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              enozlas
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                Honestly I think either of the two big games could go either way. Each team has their weaknesses going in whether it be injury, experience, combinations so I think it really has balanced out the playing field even more.

                Interesting that the comments are people can’t see NZ getting enough defensive ball, I think it’s the opposite I think Nweke could have a field day against Mentor if the ferns can feed her right. Mentor doesn’t have the jump she used to and England don’t really have any other option as EUB is even less effective. Could turn in to a shoot-out.

                WeWood
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                  I have a feeling the Ferns might get up over England but Jamaica will beat the Diamonds and we have to face Aussie in the semis ?

                  jump321
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                    I’m hoping Nweke can stand the pressure the English will put on her. Of we need a change it will be interesting to see what way around Selby-Rickit & Wilson play?

                    capsule
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                      As exciting as the Sterling/Bueta and Bruce/Fowler battles will no doubt be, I expect the result will largely come down to how well Jamaica can shut down Steph Wood (and if she is able to play a full game.) Curious to see whether Australia opt for Austin/Bueta or Bueta/Koenen should Steph need to come off.

                      Has there been any word on whether Hadley will sit out again today?

                      Mentor is a big game player, but if she can’t have an impact against Nweke then I think England’s medal chances won’t look great. They’ll also need to lift their shooting accuracy today IMO – which is definitely possible with the players they have.

                      Hopefully all four teams show up and we get two very good games!

                      TB
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                        There’s so many variables, which makes these games so exciting. I think this is the first time, where it is genuinely hard to predict a winner.

                        TB
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                          Jury should (and probably will) get the start. But I wonder if she’s any match for Hartens smarts? I think having Sulu there for backup is crucial.
                          Housby v Karaka should be another good matchup.

                          WeWood
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                            I think we’ll see from Taurua a similar approach to that NWC 2019 crossover game against the Diamonds.

                            She was chopping and changing players left and right and we very nearly got over the line in that one.

                            Three shooters played.
                            Crampton and Saunders shared WA.
                            Burger and Rore shared WD.
                            Rore went into GD for a time and I’m pretty sure we finished with Kopua on the bench.

                            I don’t think we have a set 60-minute seven, which is cool. But anticipating the changes, getting that timing right will be crucial so those players coming on make the impact we need and ultimately, *hopefully* deliver the win.

                            Then do that again in the semi and final ?

                            enozlas
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                              I think Jamaica having both Wilson and Ward to take it in turns of shutting down the Aussie GA will be big for them.
                              You almost feel Bueta/Sterling/Fowler/Bruce may all cancel each other out.
                              This will be a battle of the midcourt and I think Australia have the edge there but the C position will be a challenge without Hadley.

                              enozlas
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                                I think australias offence should start
                                GS-Bueta
                                GA-Wood
                                WA-Austin
                                C-Watson

                                I don’t think they can afford to have Maloney/Braz in attack against the quality Jamaican defence.

                                Kerryn
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                                  I don’t think you’d want to put money on any of the outcomes lol – I think it’s impossible to call. if anything (maybe wishful thinking) NZ may have a slight edge (on paper) in the fact that they are quite unknown – none of the teams have played against Wilson at GA, Souness at C, an improved Jury, or Nweke (other than a couple of brief first up cameos) where as Eng/Aus/Jam for the most part play against each other week in week out – atleast the shooters/defence do.

                                  As for semi’s I don’t think there’s a preferred team each would go up against – where as a few years ago it was definitely Jam/SA that was the weakest of the top 4 but seems to be a much more level playing field going into these next few games

                                  if NZ don’t win Gold I actually really hope that Jamaica take it out (and then we can say that no we didn’t win gold but neither did Aus or England lol not taking anything away from Jam in saying that either) but I think it may come down to who can adjust to the umpiring the best

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