FIH partners with SKY Sport New Zealand to broadcast Sentinel Homes Women’s Hockey World League Final

November 2, 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
  • All-female commentary team to lead content from Auckland
  • Large team of experts to deliver FIH’s world-class broadcast globally
  • Host broadcaster SKY Sport to provide unique coverage from season finale

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has partnered with SKY Sport tobroadcast the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final Auckland 2017.

As host broadcaster, SKY Sport New Zealand will provide an all-female commentary team of experts which will further enhance hockey’s reputation of being ‘gender amazing’. Lead commentator Rikki Swannel will be joined by presenter Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and Black Sticks Sandy Hitchcock, Gemma McCaw and Katie Glynn.

"We will be working hard with SKY Sport New Zealand to deliver the world class production that millions of sports fans have come to expect from our events."
FIH Broadcast & TV Director, Andy Oram

Extensive behind the scenes and additional content programming will also be created to bring sports fans much closer to the game as hockey bids to increase the profile of the athletes who make the sport so special.


Speaking about this partnership, FIH Director of TV and Broadcast, Andy Oram, said: “FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. Broadcasting across multiple platforms is crucial to achieving this therefore partnering with the best broadcasters for our events is key.”

He continued: “This is a fantastic opportunity for SKY Sport New Zealand to showcase their talent on a global scale. With a strong international distribution list in place ahead of the event, we will be working hard with SKY Sport New Zealand to deliver the world class production that millions of sports fans have come to expect from our events. As such we very much look forward to seeing some of the new ideas that SKY New Zealand will bring to hockey.”

SKY TV Director of Sport, Richard Last said: “SKY Sport is delighted to be the host broadcaster for the Hockey World League Hockey in Auckland. With 22 matches scheduled over 10 days in November, our team is excited to deliver world class coverage of this great event to a global audience. Having the very best hockey players in the world playing in Auckland will be a privilege, and we’re sure the event will be a success with local and international hockey fans alike.”

The Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final, Auckland 2017, takes place at North Harbour Hockey Stadium between 17-26 November. Eight of the world’s best national teams will battle it out to be crowned Hockey World League champions, guaranteeing qualification for next year’s Hockey Champions Trophy, whilst vital FIH Hero World Ranking points will also be offered depending on the final standings.

About SKY:
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