Team seedings and pools announce for 2018 Commonwealth Games

England’s route to potential Commonwealth Games medals in 2018 became a lot clearer this morning with the announcement of the pools and team seedings for next year’s tournament. On the Men’s side, England have been placed as the 5th seed out of 8 teams and will compete in Pool B. The women have been seeded 3rd, meaning they will play in pool A during the preliminary stage.

The tournament is set up so that the 8 teams in each competition are split into 2 pools of 4. Pool A consists of the teams ranked 1st-4th, and pool B contains teams ranked 5th-8th. Once pool play is completed in this preliminary stage, the top 2 teams in pool A automatically advance to the semi-finals, whilst the bottom 2 teams in pool A face off against the top 2 teams from pool B. Whoever wins those games goes on to make up the remainder of the semi-final line up. The teams that finish in the bottom 2 of pool B are automatically eliminated. Both losing semi-finalists will have the opportunity to face off and decide the bronze medal, whilst winning semi-finalists will compete for the gold and silver.

England’s Women have been handed a place in pool A, meaning even a slow start to their tournament wouldn’t be terminal. With the safety net of a single elimination game against a pool B side, a win there would still see them through to the semi-finals and a chance at a medal. With 2006 Gold medallists and #1 seeds Australia looking a strong bet to top that pool, there will be a tough fight to claim the 2nd automatic qualification place. For the Men, the margin for error is much smaller. Only a top 2 finish in pool B will be enough to keep their medal chances alive, but as the highest seeds in that group, the expectation will be there that this team can also progress

Due to the way the tournament has been split, both our teams will play their preliminary pool games in Townsville, Queensland between the 5th and 10th April 2018. If the teams are successful and move on from pool play, both sides will be able to travel down the Queensland coast as the finals are held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, just south of Brisbane from 13-15 April 2018.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation CEO Mark Peters said, “Today’s announcement represents an exciting day for our event cities Townsville and Cairns, as the match schedule is starting to take shape and the anticipation is starting to build with just 241 days remaining before the Games begin. Townsville will have the pleasure of hosting the Opals (Australia’s female team) as they look to defend their Commonwealth Games gold medal from 2006 and will also see both the men’s and women’s teams from England. Both Townsville and Cairns have a proud history and association with Basketball in Australia so we know that the people of North Queensland are going to get behind these teams and create a great atmosphere during the preliminary matches.

The complete pools for both competitions are as follows:

Pools for preliminary matches in Cairns

Men's Pool A

Women's Pool B

1

AUSTRALIA

5

NEW ZEALAND

2

NIGERIA

6

JAMAICA

3

NEW ZEALAND

7

INDIA

4

CANADA

8

MALAYSIA

Pools for preliminary matches in Townsville

Men's Pool B

Women's Pool A

5

ENGLAND

1

AUSTRALIA

6

CAMEROON

2

CANADA

7

INDIA

3

ENGLAND

8

SCOTLAND

4

MOZAMBIQUE


The complete match schedules for the Basketball preliminaries will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the Basketball preliminaries in Townsville and Cairns can be purchased on a first-come, first served basis via gc2018.com/tickets.