South Auckland To Host Women’s NBL Season

The very best female basketball players are heading to south Auckland this August and September for the 2021 Sal’s NBL season with all 33 games to be played at Pulman Arena.

The five-week season will feature six teams – reigning champions Harbour Breeze, Auckland Dream, Waikato Wizards, Capital Swish, Canterbury Wildcats and Otago Gold Rush.

Proudly supported by Auckland Unlimited and presented by SkyCity, the season will also include a high-level of integration with the local south Auckland community, schools and in particular, junior girls playing basketball.

“Last year’s shortened 18in18 season in south Auckland was a great success, so we are all very excited that we will again be performing in such a strong basketball region in front of some extremely passionate fans,” said League General Manager, Justin Nelson.

“Along with our key commercial partners, the support by Auckland Unlimited has again provided an opportunity for our elite athletes to play on the big stage at Pulman Arena.

“I know they are very excited about returning to an extended season, and to once again be a part of the local south Auckland community.”

Auckland Unlimited Head of Major and Business Events Richard Clarke says:  “The event is a great opportunity to engage with the local community, schools and over the course of the five-week tournament will encourage people to visit the region,” says Clarke.

“This is a fantastic sporting event building upon the popularity and growth of women’s basketball in this country and will help inspire the next generation of basketball stars. Fans will be able to watch some dynamic basketball in a great venue, while giving a boost to the local economy.”

The League will again be partnered by Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza, Auckland Unlimited, SkyCity, Sky Sport, Basketball New Zealand, R-Line and Molten.

The season tips-off on Thursday August 12 with games being played every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Across the 19 nights of competition, 14 will feature double-headers.

Tickets each night will be available at the door with affordable pricing certain to attract lots of fans. Ticket prices will be – Adults $7.50 | students and juniors $2.50 | children 10yrs and under FREE.


Sal’s NBL 2021 Season - Women


WEEK 1                                                                        

Thursday August 12                                                             

7pm:     Dream vs Wizards                                                   

Friday August 13                                                    

6pm:     Gold Rush vs Swish                                   

8pm:     Breeze vs Wildcats                                                                             

Saturday August 14                                               

6pm:     Wizards vs Gold Rush                               

8pm:     Breeze vs Dream                                       

Sunday August 15         

6pm:     Wizards vs Swish                                       

8pm:     Dream vs Wildcats                                                                                                                      


WEEK 2                                                          

Thursday August 19                                               

6pm:     Breeze vs Gold Rush                                 

8pm:     Swish vs Wildcats                                      

Friday August 20                                                    

6pm:     Wizards vs Breeze

8pm:     Dream vs Swish

Saturday August 21

6pm:     Wildcats vs Wizards

8pm:     Dream vs Gold Rush

Sunday August 22

6pm:     Swish vs Breeze

8pm:     Gold Rush vs Wildcats



Thursday August 26

7pm:     Wizards vs Dream

Friday August 27

6pm:     Swish vs Gold Rush

8pm:     Wildcats vs Breeze

Saturday August 28

6pm:     Swish vs Wizards

8pm:     Wildcats vs Dream

Sunday August 29

6pm:     Gold Rush vs Wizards

8pm:     Dream vs Breeze



Thursday September 2

6pm:     Wildcats vs Swish

8pm:     Gold Rush vs Breeze

Friday September 3

6pm:     Swish vs Dream

8pm:     Breeze vs Wizards

Saturday September 4

6pm:     Gold Rush vs Dream

8pm:     Wizards vs Wildcats

Sunday September 5

6pm:     Breeze vs Swish

8pm:     Wildcats vs Gold Rush



Thursday September 9

7pm:     Semi-Final 1       (1st vs 4th)

Friday September 10

7pm:     Semi-Final 2       (2nd vs 3rd)

Saturday September 11

7pm:     Grand Final        (SF1 winner vs SF2 winner)



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