It’s an early start for the Silver Ferns to keep their Commonwealth Games gold medal hopes alive in Birmingham on Saturday night.
Dame Noeline Taurua’s side take on Jamaica in the first semifinal at 9am local time (8pm NZT),.
Jamaica were surprise top qualifiers from the other pool after an upset win over Australia and will be tough to topple for the Ferns who rarely looked like getting past England.
New Zealand ended day eight with a hefty 41-medal total including 17 gold,.
New Zealand’s day nine starts at the bowling green, with women’s pair Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard looking to bag bronze against Malaysia at 7.30pm.
High jumper Keeley O’Hagan and 1500m runner Sam Tanner both chase medals in the morning session at the track, before Gold Coastgo for gold in the evening (6am NZT) along with 400m hurdler Portia Bing (6.30am) and 5000m runner Geordie Beamish (7.10am).
Squash gold medal favourites Joelle King and Paul Coll face India at 1.15am for a spot in the mixed doubles final,at 5am before beach volleyballers Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley, and to progress to their respective gold medal contests.
Kiwis in action on day nine of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday (NZ times, * denotes if qualified):
7.30pm: Women’s pairs (Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard) bronze medal match v Malaysia
8pm: Semifinal – Silver Ferns v Jamaica
9.05pm: Men’s 3m springboard preliminary (Liam Stone, Frazer Tavener)
9.17pm: Women’s high jump final (Keeley O’Hagan)
12.10am: Men’s 1500m final (Sam Tanner)
9.30pm: Preliminaries, quarterfinals, semifinals and repechage – women’s freestyle U76kg (Michelle Montague), men’s freestyle U57kg (Suraj Singh), men’s freestyle U74kg (Cole Hawkins)
10pm: Mixed doubles quarterfinal (Oliver Leydon-Davis, Anona Pak) v Singapore
10.22pm: Clubs final (Havana Hopman)
(Sunday, August 7-)
1.15am: Mixed doubles semifinal (Paul Coll, Joelle King) v India
4am: Medal contests – women’s freestyle U76kg* (Michelle Montague), men’s freestyle U57kg* (Suraj Singh), men’s freestyle U74kg* (Cole Hawkins)
5am: Semifinal – White Ferns v Australia
5.05am: Men’s 3m springboard final* (Liam Stone, Frazer Tavener)
6am: Women’s hammer final (Nicole Bradley, Julia Ratcliffe)
6.30am: Women’s 400m hurdles final (Portia Bing)
7.10am: Men’s 5000m final (Geordie Beamish)
7am: Women’s semifinal (Alice Zeimann, Shaunna Polley) v Canada
8.15am: Semifinal – Men’s super heavyweight 92+kg, Uila Mau’u v Delicious Orie (England)