In an exciting new development for women’s domestic basketball, the Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) will be broadcast live on Sky Sport Pop-up 3.
All three days of the tournament will be livestreamed on Sky Pop Up 3, www.NZ.basketball/TV and on @BasketballNZ Facebook. The Third/Fourth Playoff game will begin at 2pm and the Grand Final at 4pm, on 6 July. The Grand Final will also be livestreamed by Stuff.
SKY Director of Sport, Tex Teixeira says Sky is thrilled to continue their support on basketball in New Zealand.
“It’s great for the growth of the women’s game in New Zealand. SKY has been doubling down on its support for basketball this year and it’s fantastic to be able to broadcast the finals of the Women’s Basketball Championships for the first time in its history.”
The 2019 WBC Division One season is entering the final week of the regular season with Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats, Auckland Dream and Waikato Wizards having already booked semi-final berths. The remaining spot will be taken by Harbour Breeze or AM I FIT Otago Gold Rush with the two teams meeting in Dunedin on Sunday.
Regardless of the makeup of the semi-final’s all four teams will have current Tall Ferns in their line-up. Ten of the fourteen players named in the Tall Ferns squad to defend the William Jones Cup in Taiwan in July are competing in the WBC this season. Those players include Tessa Boagni (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats), Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Wizards), Kalani Purcell (Auckland Dream) and Penina Davidson (Harbour Breeze).
Basketball New Zealand CEO Iain Potter is delighted to once again be partnering with SKY.
“This broadcast is a first for the women’s game in New Zealand. We had committed to having a large number of WBC games livestreamed this season but having SKY come onboard for the two Division One playoff games adds another layer of professionalism and reach.
“We have seen tremendous success with our women’s age-group teams competing successfully overseas and that was highlighted recently at the FIBA U18 3x3 World Cup where the team performed brilliantly to claim silver. The Tall Ferns of course have had success at 3x3, and the full international game winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games last year and also winning the William Jones Cup. Many of the players involved in these successes are currently playing in the WBC.
“SKY have done a fantastic job this season broadcasting live Sal’s NBL games and we are delighted to partner with them to showcase the quality women’s domestic competition which is the WBC,” added Potter.
The WBC Division One Final is the showpiece of the WBC Finals Tournament. The event will be held on 4-6 July at AUT Sports Centre, Akoranga Drive on Auckland’s North Shore.
Tickets are available at the door on all three days:
• Adult Tournament Pass $25.00
• Single Day $15.00
• Children (5-15yrs) $5.00
• Children Under 5yrs Free
Livestream and Broadcast:
• Sky will broad cast the third/fourth playoff (2pm) and the grand final (4pm) live on Sky Pop Up 3.
• The livestream will broadcast games throughout the three days on BBNZ’s Facebook @basketballNZ hashtag #NZWBC or website www.nz.basketball/tv.
See the draw, results and teams and more at www.nzwbc.basketball.
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