The BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Badminton League hits the heart of Auckland at the prestigious SKYCITY Theatre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th April. Auckland fans will have the chance to marvel in a unique and theatrical badminton experience, never seen before in New Zealand! Entry is free for spectators and this will be a great opportunity for fans to see the best badminton talent in the country on stage over two exciting nights.
On Tuesday night, the top-of-the-table TIGER BROKERS Tigers take on the STARSHIP Rockets. Having tussled it out in a Golden Game in Round 1, the Rockets will no doubt be seeking to better their performances with MVP front runner, Alyssa Tagle, leading the charge. With an impressive 8 from 9 wins, Tagle has been a key member to the team’s 3v3 line-up, with the Rockets yet to be defeated in this thrilling new format. Tagle’s mixed partner, Dylan Soedjasa is a true rocket, thriving under pressure and armed with a booming smash – he’s one to keep an eye out for in the doubles.
The Tigers will not make it easy for the Rockets, with young gun, Jack Wang asserting his dominance on the doubles and mixed court. With consistent strong performances and a match-night MVP under his belt, Wang is no doubt a great asset to accompany Tigers’ star Edward Lau as their team battles to remain on top of the league leader board.
Wednesday night won’t disappoint either, with the PLENTY BAY Whales and Mighty JAZZ Apples colliding on court. After opening the season with a stellar upset, Whales’ Singles specialist Andy Rouse will be looking to cement his mark, as he meets the infamous Oscar Guo. Guo will be looking to avenge his Round 1 performance, with his cracking attack and experience setting up a thrilling Men’s Singles clash.
All teams have everything to play for as the league leader board tightens and the intensity will be heightened as the players adjust to competing the totally unique SKYCITY Theatre venue. The theatre is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants, with Federal Street right on the doorstep offering the perfect location for a pre-badminton meal or a post-badminton night cap.
Entry is free so be sure to grab a few friends to join a stellar few nights of badminton in the heart of Auckland. Doors open from 6:30pm, with action taking to the court from 7pm.
Parking is available underneath the theatre, with the lifts bringing you directly to the theatre foyer. There are always available taxis in the precinct or you can choose from the many public transport options.