Mountainbike cross country
Three Kiwis battling it out in the first four — a rare international sight. It turned into a dramatic, controversy laden stoush between the 2014 Glasgow gold-silver double act Sam Gaze and Anton Cooper. Gaze may have been portrayed as a villain, for his rude gesture towards Cooper, but his comeback win from a puncture was staggering.
The Games may be seen in a team/patriotic light, but cycling can be a rough and ready sport — just ask Jack Bauer who got punched during the Tour de France last year.
The race spat has established a rare Kiwi rivalry in the public's mind. More than anything, it was just a terrific race. The cycling team starred even if an enthralling men's road race turned into a results disappointment.
The post gold medal match jubilation among the players said it all. Olivia Merry described it as "indescribable". New Zealand doesn't get to smash the Aussies all that often in Games competitions. A first Commonwealth gold.
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Two more golds, adding to her amazing international haul. Flag bearer for the team, and swimming. The latter is the heavier load. Unbeatable. Next stop - Tokyo.
It's an odd business, cycling's individual time trial, when the race leader sits in a chair for all to see while the second wave of riders tries to knock him off. That was Bond's fate, and he had to settle for bronze. Bond seemed a little disappointed. For a champion rower to switch sports so successfully is amazing to most of us.
Dominated on the squash court with two golds. That's one beauty of the Commonwealth Games - it gives people who normally get minimal recognition some decent air time. King played a whopping 16 matches. She won a doubles title with Amanda Landers-Murphy, and also bronze alongside Kiwi men's star Paul Coll.
It's hard to remember a New Zealand athlete looking so confident before an event. He was a class above in this field, although his win was a little narrower than expected.
Jenny May Clarkson
The TVNZ reporter asked the question of the games, by telling Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant some people doubted the team's pride. Whatever you thought of the question initially, Grant's emotional response showed it hit the mark. We keep asking interviewers to be harder, yet Clarkson was criticised. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. A big thumbs up here for Clarkson.
The Silver Ferns were terrible, but the captain honest and emotional.
Silver equals gold for a new mum.
The athletics track
Not one medal? How could we sink so low? Speaking of sinking...New Zealand is not all that flash in the pool.
It wasn't all bad, but they had an excruciatingly annoying habit of cutting to banks of advertisements at vital moments. Either the dollar ruled, or TVNZ is simply out of live sport practice.
Where to start...maybe with the shooting, which was often abysmal. But the problems obviously go deeper than that. Having won gold or silver at every previous Games, they were well beaten by Jamaica in the bronze medal match. Heads will roll...although we should also say well done to Malawi after their shock victory. There may be disappointment with the Tall Blacks loss to Canada for instance, but basketball is a world sport. Netball is a little patch on which we once ruled.
Great transgender debate, shame about the injury.