Commonwealth Games 2022: Event kicks off in Birmingham
Prince Charles will appear in place of The Queen, 96, as she remains at Balmoral for the summer break over fears the long trip down to Birmingham would be too taxing for her mobility issues.Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will attend the official start of the games and represent Her Majesty, who is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Head of the Commonwealth.
Australia's Rosie Malone thanks the universe for a second chance to sink India in a controversial penalty shootout win that sends the Hockeyroos into the gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games.
After scores were locked 1-1 at fulltime in Friday night's semi-final, the Hockeyroos triumphed 3-0 in the shootout.
Australia will play England for the gold medal on Sunday.
After Rebecca Greiner scored in the 10th minute, the Hockeyroos held sway until a late India leveller with just 11 minutes remaining in their semi-final.
Hockeyroos post crucial Games win over NZ
The Australian women's hockey team has beaten New Zealand 1-0 to remain unbeaten and earn some revenge after their loss in the last Commonwealth Games final.Australia won 1-0 on Tuesday morning at Birmingham University thanks to a first-quarter Kaitlin Nobbs penalty stroke - her fifth goal of the tournament - in a match-up of the 2018 Games final.
The shootout began in a blaze of controversy, with Australia's Malone taking the first shot and missing.
But Malone was gifted a second attempt because the eight-second countdown clock on the scoreboard wasn't working.
Malone converted her second attempt and her teammates Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton also scored.
"When they called the retake, I was thanking the universe for a second chance," Malone said.
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"I knew all of India would hate me if I put it in.
"But I was just trying to think about my team and that final and I said to myself 'if I get a second chance at this, I'm not missing it'.
"I felt for India at the time. But all our other girls got our shootouts in so it's not like that one shootout was the be all and end all."
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We are less than one week away from the men's hockey final at this year's Commonwealth Games.Australia is predicted to continue their field hockey dominance, but England, India and New Zealand are all likely to challenge the Kookaburras.
England secured their spot in the final with 2-0 shootout triumph against New Zealand after a scoreless stalemate.
Sunday's final will be the third time Australia have met England in the gold medal match - the Hockeyroos have won both and have four Commonwealth titles in the six completed editions of the Games.
In Friday's semi-final, the Australian exacted a semblance of belated revenge on the Indians for knocking them out of last year's Tokyo Olympics at the quarter-final stage.
The Australians suffered an early blow when defender Karri Somerville was forced off seven minutes in when copping a nasty ricochet on her right cheekbone.
But just three minutes later, they struck when Mariah Williams darted along the left flank and launched a cross which was neatly deflected in by Greiner at the far post.
The scores remained 1-0 until, against the flow in the 49th minute, India equalised when Vandana Katariya deflected into the net from close-range - the first goal the Australians had conceded in the Games.
Diamonds shine for 1000-gold milestone .
Australia reached 1000 Commonwealth Games gold medals on Sunday night, with the Diamonds reclaiming their netball crown by beating Jamaica in the final.Australia started Sunday on 59 golds at the Birmingham Games and the Diamonds' 55-51 win in the final over Jamaica was the seventh for the day.