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Such sad news about the passing of Sean Wainui; such a talented player and a stunning human. Our thoughts are with his whānau, teammates and friends. 
E moe, e moe, okioki ai. 

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There’s plenty of action coming your way here in Aotearoa with the NPC and up North with the international (and domestic) seasons, well and truly underway. Highlights include the Ranfurly Shield challenge this weekend where Waikato will be going all out to upset the holders Hawke’s Bay. 

The USA Eagles meet the All Blacks in DC at 8am our time this coming Sunday and then it’s Wales, Sunday 31 October from 5.05 am. 

Our mana wāhine Black Ferns meet England Monday 1 November at 2am.  This is an epic 100th match for this team – and to celebrate ahead of that auspicious event we’ll sharing All Access: The Black Ferns, to be followed by an All Access: Chelsea Alley and All Access: Les Elder.  

Sky Sport was given the enormous privilege of unfettered access to players for a whole week as they prepared for their Northern Tour. A sneak preview reveals some of the most inspiring content you will ever see about these impressive women; the way they bond, their focus on culture, their commitment and their sheer capacity to inspire and support each other.  

The summer of cricket is here!

Let’s get cracking – there’s plenty underway with the ICC T20 World Cup about to start in earnest from October 23, on Sky Sport 3 and streaming on Sky Sport Now and Sophie Devine bringing it home in the Women’s Big Bash League across the pond. 

ICC T20 World Cup

You might be interested to hear what super coach Mike Hesson has to say about the upcoming tournament below. Mike will be dialling in to our daily T20 World Cup Wrap with Laura and Smithy to give us insights throughout the tournament – 7.30am, Sky Sport 3 (and streaming on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now), from October 24. 

•    Picks for the main event? My picks for Semi Finalists would be New Zealand, India, England and West Indies with India and West Indies playing the Final.
•    Which matches you are most looking forward to?  It’s hard to go past India v Pakistan in terms of the passion that this match will generate. Also, the last NZ match of the round vs Afghanistan could decide NZ’ s fate in the tournament. How we play the Afghanistan spinners including Rashid Khan will be well worth watching.
•    Players to watch out for? I believe wrist and mystery spinners will have a big say in this tournament therefore am fascinated to see how sides deal with Varun Chakaravathy. He could be a trump card for India against sides that haven’t played against him before. From a New Zealand perspective, I think the Blackcaps bowling attack with perform very well in the UAE. My question is whether Devon Conway will generate a strike rate on these pitches in the UAE? If he can, then his contribution, combined with the experience Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill towards the top of the order, will determine just how far NZ go.
•    Your view on the pitches? The pitches in the UAE have been a contrast from venue to venue in the IPL. Sharjah has been slow and two paced which has been challenging for all batting units even with small boundaries. Abu Dhabi is a much larger playing area, so spinners play a big part.  Pitch is generally very good depending how much grass they leave in it. Dubai Stadium provides a surface with more pace and bounce than the other two.  The most fascinating aspect for me will be how much of a part dew plays as the tournament progresses. The weather is getting cooler in the UAE (still around 40 degrees) and batting second can be a distinct advantage, as the ball can slide onto the bat and make it easier to score if dew is around.  Hopefully, it doesn’t play too much of a role, as the toss will become a deciding factor.

We’re also delighted to have Kristy Havill join the Sky Sport team to give us her perspective on the event.  Here’s a link to her first piece for us and we’re looking forward to seeing more.

And to answer a question we’ve been asked a few times we also have the BLACKCAPS Tour of India, we head straight into The Ashes, then it’s the BLACKCAPS in Australia, Big Bash League and so much more and … in March, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The NBA is back on ESPN / Sky Sport with a blockbuster opening day live double header.

The NBA returns to ESPN and Sky with a massive live double-header involving NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and a star-studded Los Angeles Lakers-Golden State Warriors showdown. 

After a stunning season that saw the Milwaukee Bucks end a long 50-year drought for NBA silverware, the Bucks will open the 2021-22 NBA season live on ESPN.

Milwaukee hit the court for their title defence against the Brooklyn Nets (including stars James Harden, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin) at 12.30pm NZT. The stacked Brooklyn side will be a difficult first-up opponent for the Bucks, who will hope it is a night of celebration, as they unveil their NBA Championship banner at Fiserv Forum.

Following live at 3pm NZT, the action turns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers begin the new campaign in another blockbuster affair against the Golden State Warriors. After the disappointment of an early playoffs exit last time around, pressure is on the Lakers to deliver.
Los Angeles have added Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony to provide some additional star power to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It is not the only big test facing the Warriors in the opening week of the new season, as Golden State back up on Friday to take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA fans can catch dedicated NBA Minis on demand, as well as full replays across a smorgasbord of regular season and post-season NBA action, including the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.
ESPN and ESPN2 are available via Sky Sport, Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.

Week One NBA on ESPN 
Wednesday October 20: 12.30pm, Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN, 3pm Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN
Thursday October 21: 12.45pm, Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks, ESPN, 3pm, Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns, ESPN
Friday October 22: 12.30pm, Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks, ESPN2, 3pm, Los Angeles Clippers vs Golden State Warriors, ESPN2
Saturday October 23: 12.45pm, Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN, 3pm, Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN
Sunday October 24: 12.30pm, Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors, ESPN
Wednesday October 27: 12.30pm, Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks, ESPN2, 3pm, Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz, ESPN2

Football

Football Ferns – we’re super stoked to bring you the Football Ferns as they take on Canada in two international friendlies Sunday 24 October, 7.50am on Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports and Wednesday 27th from 11.50am.  New coach Jitka Klimková will be wanting to make a mark on the team as she works towards a long term goal of a cohesive and well-drilled team for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup right here in Aotearoa (and Ahitereiria) and naturally on Sky.  

There’s a lot of other football action on Sky too. Of note is the Carabao Cup next week from 7.35 am with Arsenal V Leeds, Wednesday 27 (SS4) and QPR V Sunderland (Sky Sport Select ch50).  There are four matches on Thursday 28th with  Burnley V Tottenham (SS9), West Ham V Man City (SS1), Stoke V Brentford (SS3) and Leicester V Brighton (SS5).  Some serious time was spent juggling the planning for that one by our awesome Sport Content Planning crew, and MySky will no doubt be heavily involved. 

Motorsport

Supercars – we’re back with four frenetic weeks of racing based in NSW to make up for a disrupted schedule in 2021 but it all starts with Day 1 of the first event Friday, 29 Oct from 3.30pm with Day 2, Saturday 30 Oct from 3pm and Day 3 Sunday 31 Oct, from 11:45am.  There have been significant logistics hurdles to overcome as you can no doubt appreciate, and fans will have plenty to look forward to. 

We’re also excited to say we’ll be sharing some fantastic highlights content with Discovery on CRC Motorsport from Sunday 7 November. 

Looking ahead there’s the most iconic motorsport event in Australia, the Repco Bathurst 1000, which will run over six spectacular days at Mount Panorama as the final event of this year’s Repco Supercars Championship. Engines rev from Tuesday the 30th of November through until the Great Race on Sunday the 5th of December. In an historic first, Bathurst Regional Council, Repco, Supercars and ARG have joined forces to combine Australasia’s leading categories for the biggest motorsport event ever staged in Australia.

The motorsport extravaganza will feature six-days of on-track entertainment and racing from Tuesday the 30th of November through until the Great Race on Sunday the 5th of December. Fans at the track (!!) and watching at home, will be able to take in the Southern Hemisphere’s best motorsport categories in an event that reinforces Mount Panorama’s reputation as Australia’s motorsport Mecca. 

The categories taking to the mountain will be Repco Supercars Championship, Dunlop Super 2 Series, Porsche Carrera Cup, Toyota Gazoo Racing 86 Series, TCR Australia, Touring Car Masters, S5000, GT World Challenge Australia, V8 SuperUtes and Trans Am.  There’s something for absolutely every racing enthusiast. The event will become the finale of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship as part of the latest revision of the draft calendar.

Stay safe everyone, and let’s get vaccinated.

10/19/21