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The Niche Cast
71 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Kiwi UAE Party (Blackcaps/Football Ferns/Plunket Shield)
Cracking open the good stuff here, with some extended chat about the Blackcaps as a T20 unit heading into that World Cup (2:47), and then following that with a peek at some City Kickboxing scenarios as a tough 2021 seems to be nearing a happier conclusion (19:30). We've got some chat about the Football Ferns and their next wave of players as they near a pair of friendlies against Canada (36:25). Then we close with a peek at the start of the Plunket Shield cricket, previewing the two upcoming matches (55:18). Don't be shy.
44 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 37
V for Variety, we've got a Chalice of Mindfulness (2:11) to kick us off and then it's onto the 1332 Hot Takes where kiwi boxing gets a highlight and the Otago Whalers serve up the goods (5:42). Then we serve our Vitamin Stats with a very young Footy Ferns squad and some Sophia Devine in the WBBL are on the agenda (12:44) and following that we go Deep In The Mangroves with some kiwi NFL hopefuls and David Fusitu'a leaving the Warriors (19:14). Question Time means Warriors junior development and Stephen Fleming's coaching are up (30:16) and then some Musical Jams to finish (38:29). Right on.
71 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
The Present Moment (Sean Marks/Kane Williamson/All Whites)
Stretching our legs out with this one, starting with some thoughts on Sean Marks dropping the hammer down as Brooklyn Nets GM (7:20), then launching into some ideas about Kane Williamson's decisive role at the T20 World Cup, as well as some wider Blackcaps World T20 stuff (29:00), and then finally it's a break down of why them two All Whites wins were so impressive (53:10). Dinner's served.
39 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 36
Variety goodness on a Monday, friends. Bit of Blakey Mindfulness at the start and then we rip into some 1332 Hot Takes regarding the All Whites return from the wilderness and Southland footy big ups (7:30). Then the Vitamin Stats are served, listen up for All Whites debutants and busy kiwis in the IPL (12:30) and following that we take a trip Deep In The Mangroves for Steven Adams free throws and Kiwi-NRL juniors playing finals footy (17:20). Question Time includes National League Football positives and SBW legacies (26:25) and then it's Musical Jams to close (35:25). Go on, you know you want to.
88 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Between Eras (Benji Marshall/All Whites/Steven Adams/Plunket Shield)
On those Four Directions this week, having a right old yarn. To the North is Benji Marshall's retirement and a symbolic change of eras for the Aotearoa Kiwis (6:48). To the West is a preview of the All Whites games coming up on the weekend (24:45). To the South is Steven Adams chat following his first preseason game for the Memphis Grizzlies (43:12). Then to the East it's a few select Blackcaps we're excited to see do their thing in the upcoming Plunket Shield (1:02:57).
42 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 35
More Variety goodness here, kickign off with some springtime mindfulness and then ripping into some 1332 Hot Takes upon the wonders of Aotearoa International Sport (6:17) and James Fisher-Harris abiding in his rarefied air (9:20). Vitamin Stats serves up Tall Ferns shooting stats (12:47) and Tim Southee's T20 bowling form (17:09), then it's Deep In The Mangroves with some unfortunate kiwi connections to the latest NWSL scandal (20:00) and the Warriors halves development (30:30). Next it's question time where favourite Kiwi NRL types and Brian To'o The Manifestor get the chat (34:47) and finally it's some musical Jams to close (39:45). Good yarns. Do 'em up.
84 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Intensely Self-Deprecating (Kiwi Sports Smorgasbord)
Full court coverage with this banger, folks. We begin with a few Blackcaps/IPL ideas with Lockie Ferguson copping a wee injury (5:25), then crack into some Tall Ferns x Asia Cup reaction after the group stage (12:44). There are continuing trends from the White Ferns as they polished off their tour of England which get a few yarns (26:26), then we celebrate Steven Adams' glorious media day introduction to the Memphis Grizzlies (36:00), and chat Steven Taylor's sudden depararture from the Wellington Phoenix (49:40). Then, of course, we cast a glance at the NRL Grand Final with James Fisher-Harris and Benji Marshall in sharp focus (1:01:24). And that's that.
50 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 34
Alrighty, off we go with some 1332 Hot Takes on basketballers + vaccinations and Dan Hooker's commanding win at UFC 266 (3:31). Then we dine out on Vitamin Stats, with Joe Bell's club sitation and some Lea Tahuhu/Amy Satterthwaite excellence on the cards (13:30) before wandering Deep In The Mangroves to talk about an All Whites squad, Gianni Stensness becoming an Aussie again, and heaps of NRL semi-final reactions (21:11). After that it's a Benji Marshall and Kyle Jamieson themed Question Time (33:15) and we close with some musical Jam reccos (44:08). There ya go.
69 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
The Metaphorical Santa (Winston Reid/NRL Finals)
Dan Hooker's jumping through hoops to get to his weekend's UFC battle, we break down that fight (as much as is possible) as well as a few Joseph Parker thoughts (5:45). Then since Winston Reid has left West Ham after more than a decade, gotta lay down the tributes for the legend's Hammer Time... as well as speculation about where he may end up next (19:48). Finally it's a kiwi focussed preview of a pair of very tasty NRL preliminary finals (45:03). Get it while it's hot.
41 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 33
Here we go, a Kauri Tree of Mindfulness from ancient Persia first (1:25) and then it's full on into the 1332 Hot Takes as the Blackcaps' World T20 preparation and Joseph Parker's latest fight are on the plate (6:05). Vitamin Stats serves up some All Whites absences and Isaiah Papali'i's breakout season with the Parra Eels (15:52) and then we go Deep in the Mangroves to find some National League football coallescence and bounce back finals games from Morgan Harper & James Fisher-Harris (21:25). And Question Time delivers some Blackcaps in Pakistan thoughts (31:09). Chuck in some Musical Jams (35:53) and that's the business.
65 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Heading The Mafia (NRL Finals/Blackcaps)
She's an open-ended chat today on the pod, starting with some ideas of how the All Blacks and Melbourne Storm happen to parallel (5:14) and then sliding into a preview of the second week of NRL finals with that kiwi eye (16:15). Next up we chat Blackcaps in Pakistan with Tim Seifert being a major focus (34:18) and then to finish it's a couple thoughts on Sean Marks and Steven Adams in the NBA (50:41). Get amongst it.
51 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 32
Getting right at it with a Dose of Mindfulness from the garden (1:22) and then it's 1332 Hot Take time as Sean Marks' underratedness and Finn Allen's slugger status (3:57). Vitamin Stats serve up some Flying Kiwis Champions League history and James Fisher-Harris trends (12:58) while Deep In The Mangroves offers up some Welly Nix Women's squad thoughts and some ongoing Warriors/Redcliffe links (21:55). After which there are Questions about the Blackcaps World T20 squad and the world's best footballers (34:07) before we close out with some musical Jams recommendations (47:06). Swish.
82 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Giving The Mehrtens (Blackcaps/NRL Finals)
Served up a whopper today with all this, beginning with an Unraveling Fern of Mindfulness (2:03) and swiftly moving on to some Blackcaps in Bangladesh chat after the fourth T20 (5:41). Naturally we've gotta preview that White Ferns decider vs England (21:22) and then it's a deep dive on some Flying Kiwis footy with Ria Percival sparking a chat on hard-working midfielders (26:13). Then it's time to go game by game through week one of the NRL Finals, obviously with that kiwi focus as always (46:33). Might be a word or two on the Warriors in there as well. Go on.
37 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 31
Giving it the Variety treatment as always, we've got a Burger of Mindfulness to get us into the spirit (1:23) and then it's onto the 1332 Hot Takes where the Welly Nix Women's team get some focus as well as the best top-8 and bottom-8 Kiwi NRL clubs (4:30). There are a pair of Blackcaps flavoured Vitamin Stats with Colin De Grandhomme and Finn Allen in the spotlight (12:40) and then straight into double Question Time where we talk the new Football Ferns coach, Kiwi NRL Finals MVP predictions, Blackcaps breakthroughs, and White Ferns victory (19:32)... and of course there are musical Jams to finish (32:18). Booyakasha.
62 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Bit Of Bare Foot (Welly Nix/Flying Kiwis Footy + More)
56 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 30
Back to the standard Variety Show spectacular this week, starting with a Lawn-Mower Catcher of Mindfulness (1:50) and then ripping on into some 1332 Hot Takes about the Breakers coaching situation and the White Ferns in England (3:22). Vitamin Stats dishes up on Chris Wood's penalty prowess and Tim Seifert's strike-rates (10:59) before we go Deep in the Mangroves on the familiar topics of Flying Kiwis Transfer Season and Kiwi NRL debutants (21:39). Question Time means Blackcaps ponderings (42:17) and of course there are the musical Jams to close (51:05). Get right on in there, don't be shy.
42 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Sons of Sarpy (Flying Kiwis Football)
Things have been popping off lately with Aotearoa's finest footballers so here's forty-odd minutes of us talking about them. From Sarpreet Singh's exploits (and his gym regime) to Abby Erceg's ongoing GOAT status to Chris Wood & Burnley's fortunes and beyond.
46 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Kiwi NRL Podcast: Round 24 Preview
Doing things a little different this week to mix it up, here's a chat we had specifically about rugby league. Going game by game through the weekend's action talking about the major kiwi storylines for each game. Anthony Bourdain makes an appearance too for some reason.
59 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Setting The Table (Kiwi Sporting Scopes)
Going wider scope than the usual Monday Variety Show here, chatting through the various sports that we're still able to cover during lockdown. Starting with a pair of fascinating (and perhaps watershed) cricket tours with the Blackcaps & White Ferns about to roll the arm over in Bangladesh/England (3:38). There's a bit of context around old mate Sarpreet Singh on the Flying Kiwis football beat (12:13) and then we whip through a few quicker hits with Lydia Ko, Tom Walsh, Genah Fabian, and Paul Coll all mentioned (24:26). Then to close it's a chunk of Kiwi NRL goodness from a tight top eight race to the veteran greatness of Jesse Bromwich and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (36:26). Good chat, get amongst.
52 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
TNC Variety Show - Episode 29
Alrighty, here we are. A Duneful Dinner Table of Mindfulness to kick us off (1:43) and then it's into some 1332 Hot Takes (5:46). We've got Steven Adams' Grizzlies fit - compared to Jonas Valanciunas on the Pellies (not to be confused with Nikola Vucevic who is... also a basketballer) - as well as the Warriors rounding a few corners late in the season. Then Vitamin Stats where the Kiwi NRL debutant class of 2021 keeps expanding and Charlisse Leger Walker is out here dominating the NZ league (18:43), before we go Deep in the Mangroves with Flying Kiwis Transfer Season and some Lydia Ko perseverence/excellence (25:30). Question Time offers up some more Leger-Walker chat and a Kiwi NRL debutant vs Kiwis on Aussie NBL rosters comparison (36:40)... then some musical Jams to polish things off with Fat Freddy's Drop plus Troy Kingi & Delaney Davidson popping up (48:09). Yeah, go on then.
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