This month NITV is celebrating “Sportember” -the best of sporting content, through films, documentaries, current affairs and kids programming.
Each explores tales of adversity and strength. Viewers can look forward to The Final Quarter, Mustang FCs, Footy Legends, Beyond The Mat and The Price of Protest: The Colin Kaepernick Story to name a few, alongside weekly shows Yokayi Footy and Over the Black Dot.
Full details are available here, but here is a selection of titles.
Wednesdays at 8:00pm
‘Yokayi’ is victory and a celebration! An entertaining lens on AFL, Yokayi Footy is fun, fresh and everything that we love about the game. Hosted by Tony Armstrong, Darryl White and Bianca Hunt, the program has taken the sporting world by storm this year, through interviews with the country’s best and informative and powerful monologues that touch on the power of sport in a year like 2020.
Soul On Ice: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday 2 September, 8:30pm
Soul On Ice is the rarely told story of black players in hockey, a sport often seen as whiter than the ice it’s played upon. At the heart of the film is Jaden Lindo, a young man pursuing his lifelong dream to play in the NHL, accompanied by interviews with P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Anson Carter, Joel Ward, Trevor Daley, Tony McKegney, five-time Stanley Cup winner Grant Fuhr, and more.
Thursday 3 September, 9:30pm
When welfare authorities threaten to take away his little sister, an unemployed Aussie reunites his old high school rugby team to win a competition that could change all their lives. The Australian film boasts an all-star cast including Anh Do, Matthew Johns, Angus Sampson, Peter Phelps and Claudia Karvan.
Weekly from Friday 4 September, 7:30pm
NITV is the new home of the much loved Mustangs FC series. This goal-kicking comedy drama follows a group of girls who are abandoning the sidelines and starting their local football club’s first all-female team. Series three features more laughs, sport and characters, and the introduction of Mustang FC’s newest character – Indigenous teenager Mia Grace Madden.
Over the Black Dot
Tuesdays at 8:30pm
Over the Black Dot, NITV’s flagship NRL panel show, is on your screen every Tuesday this month.
The Dot’s stellar line-up of presenters are on board, with senior journalist Jodan Perry, dual international rugby player Timana Tahu, NRL premiership winner George Rose and dual international athlete Bo de la Cruz giving their insights into breaking stories in the league as well as weekly recaps, alongside awesome panels of guests.
Thursday 10 September, 9:30pm
Based on a true story, The Express follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continues to inspire new generations.
Next Goal Wins
Thursday 17 September, 9:30pm
American Samoa’s soccer team is an international laughing stock. Losers who haven’t won a single game in 10 years, they are desperate to gain the support and pride of their nation. When fiery maverick Thomas Rongen flies in from the US to coach them for their World Cup 2014 qualifying matches, what he finds is a shambles. But underneath their unpolished exteriors lies a fighting spirit and a hunger to win that gives him, and his team, fresh hope.
The Final Quarter
Sunday 20 September, 8:35pm
Adam Goodes is a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career, he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation. Goodes called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him. Using only archival footage aired at the time, The Final Quarter holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
Boxing for Palm Island (Part 1 & 2)
Wednesday 23 September, 8:30pm
There is a new generation of warriors coming out of Palm Island, a place with a dark history and a less than stellar reputation. A new era of hope, strength and courage is about to show the world that the kids from Palm Island are fighting back and have the makings of champions. This group of boxers are defying stereotypes and taking the future into their own hands with the help and support of Uncle Ray – the man who has brought boxing back to Palm Island.
Friday Night Lights
Thursday 24 September, 9:30pm
Friday Night Lights chronicles the 1988 season of a courageous bunch of friends, the Permian High Panthers, the most successful football team in Texas’ history. For the young men of the team, every play is a chance to transcend their small town and the fleeting dream of gridiron stardom whose pinnacle may be reached by the time they turn 18. The movie paints a vivid portrait of Odessa and the places like it across America where once a week during the fall season, the town and its hopes come alive beneath the dazzling Friday night lights.
The Point: Sydney Olympic Reflections
Thursday 24 September, 8:30pm
The Point looks back at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a defining moment when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures were shared to the world. From Cathy Freeman lighting the cauldron to Yothu Yindi performing at the closing ceremony, hosts John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking explore this moment in our history and examine whether Australia has grown in the two decades since.