As the Commonwealth Games come to a close today, there are two key events to keep an eye on. The first is the men’s hockey final between India and Australia. This is followed by the women’s netball final between Australia and New Zealand. I’m not sure of the exact start times, but Foxtel’s coverage starts at 4:50 PM AEST for the hockey final, and 6:50 PM AEST for the netball final.
Men’s Hockey Final
Australia qualified for the final after defeating New Zealand 6-2, while India qualified after beating England 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out. While Australia is the stronger team on paper, they will be up against a vociferous crowd. The Indian hockey team has captured the hearts of the country during the tournament, and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to attend the final. India had to rally from two goals down to level England 3-3 to force extra time and then penalties. This come from behind victory will certainly have boosted their self-belief, which will make things difficult for Australia this afternoon.
Having said that, Australia are still the clear favourites with bookmakers. This is a result of Australia beating India 5-2 in a pool match earlier in the tournament. Below are some selected odds (subject to change).
|Gold Medal Winner||Regular Time Odds|
Women’s Netball Final
The Netball final features the two teams that the neutrals were both hoping for and expecting: Australia vs New Zealand. New Zealand are the defending Commonwealth Games champions, while Australia are the number one ranked side in the world. Australia go into this fixture as the favourites, although I expect a tight encounter. New Zealand look to be in good form this tournament. The previous 2010 results between Australia and New Zealand are as follows:
|5-Sep-2010||New World Series||Auckland||46||40||Australia|
|2-Sep-2010||New World Series||Wellington||40||59||NZ|
|15-Aug-2010||Holden Netball Test Series||Adelaide||48||43||Australia|
Selected betting odds are provided below (subject to change):