Every Monday we gather around the barbie, share a few beverages, flip the bangers and celebrate kiwi sport.
The White Ferns did a fine job in their first ODI against Australia, grabbing the win thanks to an impressive bowling display. The Ferns batted first and got 202 with Suzie Bates (43) and Amy Satterthwaite (72) the only scorers of note before the Ferns bowled Australia out for 193 with Lea Tahuhu and Erin Bermingham both taking 3 wickets.
Can you smell the stench of the greatest franchise in kiwi sporting history? I can. The Breakers dispatched themselves of Melbourne United 2-0 in their playoffs series and a finals appearance awaits for the Breakers against either Perth or Illawara. The Wildcard's all over it so stay tuned for his thoughts.
Only one of the Nikorima brothers has chosen to represent the Kiwis, but they were both born in Palmeston North and are both kiwis. Jayden has decided to take the Aussie route and was impressive for the Roosters as they beat St Helens in the World Club Series 38-12 with Nikorima the benefactor of Mitchell Pearce's antics as he now has the opportunity to partner Jackson Hastings in the halves for the Roosters come the NRL season proper. Jayden's older brother Kodi was also a star performer for the Broncos as they touched up Wigan 42-12; Kodi's a certified Kiwi.
Hamish Watson has already offered up hope for Wellington Phoenix fans in only two A-League games. Watson looked good on debut against Western Sydney last week and scored a double for the Nix against Newcastle thanks to his high work-rate and natural striker instincts.
Leeson Ah Mau. Grubber. Chase. Assist. Funny interview.
Lydia Ko continues to dominate the golfing world as she backed up her win at the New Zealand Open with a 2nd place at the Australian Open. Ko came home strong with a round of 67 on the back of rounds of 70, 70 and 68 but couldn't quite catch the winner Haru Nomura. Ko has however notched a tied-3rd, 1st and 2nd in her first three outings in 2016 #Wowza
Sean Marks is now the GM of the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA and good on him. The Nets aren't a very good NBA franchise at the moment, making them a vastly different prospect to Marks' former employer the San Antonio Spurs where he was an assistant GM. Marks could have stayed there, in his comfort zone and enjoyed like under R.C. Buford and Coach Pop but he's taken on the challenge like all good kiwis should.
Kiwis now have two NBA teams to watch with interest as Marks' progress with the Nets and how he rebuild the Nets and their culture oozes intrigue, plus of course our man Steven Adams and his Oklahoma Thunder.
Hi-5 Tai Webster for making this guy look oh so dumb.
Hamish Watson gets a nod in both categories after his utterly stupid second yellow card, which saw him sent from the field. Watson's red card had a large impact on the game with Newcastle scoring the winner soon after.
Jerome Kaino got one-weeker for this, setting a good example for his young Auckland Blues comrades.
The New Zealand Women's Sevens team were beaten by Canada 18-10 in the semi-finals of the Sao Paulo tournament, which is obviously less than ideal. The NZ ladies finished third after a 28-0 win over USA, but a loss to Canada in a semi-final should never go down well.
Kiwi Jim, or James Tamou was on the other end of a swift punch courtesy of Mitch Garbutt in the World Club Challenge. Tamou got socked, Garbutt and Leeds won the scrap but the North Queensland Cowboys smoked Leeds 38-4. As long as you win the scrap aye?
The White Ferns couldn't quite back up their first ODI exploits, going down to Australia in the second ODI. The Ferns batted first and got 206 with half-centuries from Suzie Bates (61) and Sophie Devine (67) but Australia weren't having a bar of it, they chased it down with 8 wickets in hand courtesy of a century to Meg Lanning and 64 from Elyse Perry (her second 50 in a row).
Spare a thought for Storm Roux, All White and a livewire at right-back for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. Roux fractured his fibula and dislocated his shoulder in the same accident, hopefully he gets back on the park at some stage because these sorts of leg injuries officially suck.