Australia is guaranteed two gold and four silver medals at a minimum from the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations at Broadbeach.
Despite having only played the preliminary rounds of four out eight disciplines, the host-nation is assured six medals of the gold or silver variety, given it boasts dual chances in each event.
The top two ladder finishers progress directly to the ultimate medal decider, while the third and fourth spots advance to the bronze medal play-off.
Australia fields GREEN and GOLD teams in each discipline of the seven-nation event, and fortuitously, the two teams will face-off in the gold/silver medal decider of both the men’s triples and women’s fours, after concluding the preliminary rounds in the top two positions.
As such, both gold and silvers will be awarded to Australians, it’s just a matter of whom.
The host-nation will face New Zealand in the golden match of both the women’s singles and men’s pairs, which assures the squad of at least a further two silvers, which it will try to turn into gold.
Australia teams will also compete in the bronze medal play-off matches of the women’s singles and men’s pairs.
The green and gold contingent could potentially secure as many as four gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the first half of the event.
However, the nation will need to wait until Wednesday to learn the colour make-up of their medallions, with play turning to the opposite disciplines tomorrow and all eight finals scheduled for Wednesday.
Given Australia is utilising this event as a selection tool for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, players are able to swapped between the disciplines, meaning the exact details of the final matches are yet to be determined, but likely to remain as played in tonight’s seventh round, listed below.
The 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations continues tomorrow (Monday) with the first round of the men’s singles and fours, and women’s pairs and triples, in addition to the third round of the para-sport event, which is a GC2018 qualifying event.
Australian Finals – to occur on Wednesday, June 7
Men’s pairs gold/silver: New Zealand v Australia GREEN (Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice)
Men’s pairs bronze play-off: Australia GOLD (Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson) v Malaysia
Men’s triples gold/silver: Australia GREEN (Wayne Ruediger, Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff) v Australia GOLD (Ray Pearse, Aaron Teys, Scott Thulborn)
Women’s singles gold/silver: New Zealand v Australia GOLD (Karen Murphy)
Women’s singles bronze play-off: Malaysia v Australia GREEN (Natasha Scott)
Women’s fours gold/silver: Australia GOLD (Lynsey Clarke, Bolivia Millerick, Ellen Ryan, Kelsey Cotrell) v Australia GREEN (Chloe Stewart, Kristina Krstic, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch)