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Sports A-Gender: the roar of the home crowd

The Tall Ferns hope playing in front of an appreciative home crowd for the first time in four years will edge them in front, in their first strides on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

The Kiwi women made the most of their rare home court advantage on the first night of the Olympic qualifying series in Auckland with a convincing 111-54 victory over the Philippines. 

They'll now play the strong Chinese and Korean sides over the weekend, to determine the two nations who will go through to the final round of Olympic qualifying, but hope a supportive crowd will help them through. 

Sports A-Gender this week also features NZ Olympic Committee boss Kereyn Smith on why Sky securing the rights to the next two Commonwealth Games is "a very big deal" for women athletes, and Silver Ferns assistant coach Debbie Fuller, who's been sharing what she learned in Liverpool with women in the Bay of Plenty.

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