Strong showing by hockey women

04 October 2010

New Zealand recovered from a sluggish start to beat Wales 5-1 in their opening women’s hockey match at the Delhi Commonwealth Games today.Despite having an overwhelming amount of possession, New Zealand went to the halftime break only 1-1. However, they applied themselves in the second spell and scored from a succession of penalty corners.The impressive final scoreline could have been even more lopsided, but for a missed second half penalty stroke.

Moss Says Swim Felt Faster

04 October 2010

Moss Burmester has lost his Commonwealth Games 200m butterfly crown, after he failed to make the final in the Delhi pool this morning. Burmester was 10th fastest in the heats, missing this evening's final by .45sec on an otherwise positive opening session for New Zealand. After the race he told reporters he thought in the pool he was going better than the time indicated.

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04 October 2010

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Day One of competition to begin today

04 October 2010

The Delhi Commonwealth Games officially opened this morning with a grand Opening Ceremony. Now the action is about to begin. On our website www.29028.co.nz we will have all the action covered over the next 11 days including photos, schedules and results. If you would like to send messages of support please do so on the 29028 facebook page. What Kiwis are in action on Day One?

Let them know how great they looked!

04 October 2010

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A Ceremony of Olympic Proportions

04 October 2010

Sports commentator Joseph Romanos writes... I felt very happy for the Indian people last night while sitting in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium watching the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

The Most Colourful, Beautiful Well-Organised Ceremony

04 October 2010

An ecstatic Irene van Dyk led around 150 New Zealand athletes and support staff into the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium tonight to celebrate the opening of the 19th Commonwealth Games and a ten day festival of sport and culture.

Opening Ceremony Excitement

03 October 2010

Around 150 New Zealand athletes and team officials are preparing to march in the Delhi Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. “We’ve had a really positive response from athletes,” said Dave Currie, Chef de Mission. “Opening Ceremonies are always a highlight and our athletes are keen to be part of the team as they enter the stadium tonight.” Irene van Dyk will carry New Zealand’s flag ahead of the black and silver clad team into the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 1930h Delhi time tonight.

Irene van Dyk a Popular Choice

03 October 2010

Irene van Dyk was an understandably popular choice when she was named as the 2010 New Zealand Commonwealth Games team captain this evening. New Zealand team chef de mission Dave Currie’s announcement that van Dyk had been accorded the honour drew a rousing round of cheers from the team, and a standing ovation from van Dyk’s netball team-mates. It was one of from a memorable games village welcoming ceremony in Delhi.

Sons of Sir Ed and Tenzing Inspire Team

03 October 2010

The son’s of Sir Ed and Tenzing Norgay joined the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team at ceremony to welcome the team to Delhi this evening. The ceremony featured a mix of New Zealand and Indian cultures and centered around the achievements of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the naming of Irene van Dyk as flagbearer. It also featured exuberant bollywood style dancers and New Zealand classic song Poi E. Peter Hillary and Jamling Norgay had flown to Delhi especially for the occasion.

Irene van Dyk to Lead Team

03 October 2010

One of New Zealand’s favourite athletes has been chosen to carry the flag at the Delhi Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. An overwhelmed van Dyk accepted the offer to carry the flag this evening at a ceremony welcoming the team to India. Irene was chosen for her both her personal qualities and sporting achievements. Chef de Mission Dave Currie told her team mates that Irene had those characteristics that New Zealanders were most proud of. “Its grit, determination and resourcefulness,” said Currie.

Flagbearer being announced tonight

01 October 2010

The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team flagbearer will be announced tonight by Dave Currie. The flagbearer is traditionally announced at the official team function on the eve of the Games. It is a great honour to carry the New Zealand flag into the stadium at an Opening Ceremony. Many of the finest names in New Zealand sport have led teams into the Opening Ceremony. There is general excitement for the Opening Ceremony, but for those competing the next day they will not be attending.

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