Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


SKY to showcase rising stars

MEDIA RELEASE

July 25, 2014

SKY to showcase rising stars

NZ Rugby League and SKY Television have confirmed a blockbuster doubleheader that will highlight the game’s best domestic talent, as well as the next wave of future Kiwis.

On Saturday, October 18, Mt Smart Stadium will host the Pirtek National Premiership final, featuring the two best teams after a two-month round robin regular season.

Later that evening, the NZ Junior Kiwis will take on the Australian Junior Kangaroos for what promises to be another keenly contested chapter in thre trans-Tasman rivalry.

Both games will be shown live on SKY.

“The Pirtek National Premiership is an important step in our domestic pathway, giving our NZ-based players something tangible to strive for at the climax of their season,” says NZRL chief executive Phil Holden.

“It is also another chance for these players to catch the eye of NRL clubs and extend their careers into the professional ranks.”

The last player to achieve this was 2014 Kiwis rookie Peta Hiku, who played for Counties Manukau as a teenager in 2011 and then embarked on a journey that passed through the NZ Warriors youth programme on the way to Manly Sea Eagles.

Last year, Akarana Falcons defeated Counties Manukau 22-12 for their fourth straight title.

In recent years, the Junior Kiwis have provided an even greater springboard to bigger things.

Four of the 2012 Junior Kiwis side – Hiku, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Siliva Havili and Tohu Harris – have already graduated to senior honours, while Harris and Havili were part of the 2011 line-up that toppled Australia 28-16 at Newcastle.

Last year, the JKs led 26-10 just after halftime in Sydney, before finally succumbing 38-26.

“There can be no higher honour than representing your country and for many of these young men, this will be a pivotal game in their careers,” says Holden.

“If we are to achieve our World Cup goals over the next decade, these players will be an important part of that, so this is an opportunity to taste early success against the Aussies.”

The double feature, falling one week out from the Four Nations opener in Brisbane, reinforces SKY’s position as the premier source of rugby league coverage in New Zealand.

“It’s always great to broadcast quality domestic sport on SKY," says SKY director of sport Richard Last. "Rugby league fans can look forward to watching future superstars of the game in the national premiership final and the Junior Kiwis match against Australia.”

“These fixtures offer the best of both worlds and the timing is perfect ahead of what should be a thrilling Four Nations tournament.”

Saturday, October 18
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

5pm Pirtek National Premiership final
7pm Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news