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NZ ICT Industry Backs The BlackCaps!

From Microsoft to Samsung, Cisco to Dimension Data, Vodafone to Spark Digital and Xero to MYOB - the entire tech industry offers messages of support to the BlackCaps... #BacktheBlackCaps

In sending the finest fast bowler on the planet into the stands with the game’s penultimate ball, Grant Elliott brought a nation to its feet.

High, handsome and over wide long-on, the BlackCaps capped off a pulsating semi-final to secure their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup Final, leaving 4.5 million Kiwis still catching their breath following their Eden Park heroics.

But now the real test starts, as New Zealand crosses the Tasman Sea to take on great rivals Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.

It’ll be the first time the BlackCaps have left their country during the tournament, leading to messages of support from the ICT industry back home, as Brendon McCullum and his men try to write themselves into history.

Over at Cisco New Zealand, Country Manager Geoff Lawrie kickstarted the Good Luck notes by drawing on the inspiration of US basketball Olympian Debbie Miller-Palmore, who noted: “Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates.”

”The way the Blackcaps approach their sporting challenges as a team is an inspiration to everyone at Cisco New Zealand,” Lawrie says.

“We’ll be backing you all the way on Sunday. Good Luck!”

Samsung New Zealand also offered “huge congratulations” to the boys, following a “truly exciting and inspiring match against South Africa.”

“Thanks for raising New Zealand’s national pride to an all-time high,” the tech giant says.

“The Samsung New Zealand team are fully behind you and wish you all the best for Sunday’s final – we’ll be clutching our TV screens in anticipation! Go get em!”

Keen on history, Dimension Data New Zealand notes that after 40 years and 11 tournaments, the Black Caps have finally reached a ICC Cricket World Cup Final.

“Well done lads,” the team says. “Thanks for keeping us on the edge of our seats and entertained for a thoroughly exciting game.

“Dimension Data New Zealand is behind you all the way and looking forward to the final!”

Over at Microsoft New Zealand, Frazer Scott, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer, admits he’s only watched two live games of cricket in 20 years.

“The Black-Caps v Australia game a month ago, and then the game on Tuesday night,” he recalls. “Lost my voice both times….once more please boys!”

Over in the telco space, the key industry players also united in their support of the BlackCaps, preparing the networks to cope with, hopefully, a national digital celebration of joy come Sunday evening.

“I thoroughly enjoyed watching you guys live at the semi’s and have every belief in your success in the final,” says Tim Miles, CEO, Spark Digital.

“The Blackcaps have proven themselves time after time in this tournament, and I’m so proud to be a kiwi and share in your success. Can’t wait until Sunday!”

Echoing Miles’ sentiment is Vodafone New Zealand, who urged the team to bring the trophy to Kiwi shores for the first time in the country’s history.

“Congratulations BlackCaps on a fantastic semi-final win,” the team says. “What a result. You’ve got the entire team at Vodafone behind you for the final. Best of luck on Sunday - bring it home!”

Over at 2degrees, CEO Stewart Sheriff commended the team on a “fantastic job and awesome effort” to reach the final, adding “the whole country is behind you. We know you will do us proud. Go get em!”

For Chorus, the tournament has been a “truly outstanding” World Cup, with every in the company “backing the boys the finish the job in Melbourne on Sunday.”

“The Black Caps have absolutely captivated the nation with their attacking brand of cricket and we’re looking forward to another thrilling game on Sunday, although our nerves probably wouldn’t handle it coming down to the penultimate ball again,” Chorus says.

“But no matter what happens in the final, we are very proud of the Black Caps.”

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Speaking following the game on Tuesday, DTS CEO Brendan Ritchie admits that his “kids have learned new words, adult words, in the nerve wrenching moments before the Blackcaps beat Australia, and then even more dramatically, South Africa.

“I have always had a theory that if you want the Blackcaps to win, you have to talk them down,” he adds.

“To be positive is to put the mocker on them. But because of the way the whole team is performing so beautifully, I am struggling to summon any pessimism. I really hope my positive attitude doesn’t lose us this World Cup.”

Auckland-based mobile retail company VMob also chipped in, with CEO Scott Bradley saying that Tuesday’s result is “more proof (as if we needed it) that New Zealand has the smarts and skills to compete on the world stage.

“After all, it’s not the size of the country that matters, it’s the awesomeness of the people,” he adds.

On a similar note, MYOB General Manager for New Zealand James Scollay offered his support to the team, saying; “Go the Black Caps. The leadership, courage and commitment shown by the team is something those of us involved in technology businesses can aspire to.

“We may be great rivals on the sporting field but with Australia we are trans-Tasman partners in so many ways and know how to compete at the highest level.”

On behalf of Xero, Victoria Crone, New Zealand Managing Director offered a “huge shout out to the Black Caps.”

“Wishing you all the best for Sunday. We're backing you and know you can go all the way,” she adds.

Like creating great software or IT solutions, Paul Matthews CEO, Institute of IT Professionals NZ, believes cricket is a team sport.

“It’s been amazing to watch the whole Black Caps team step up over the last few weeks, capped off by their incredible performance on Tuesday night,” he says.

“Along with 4.5 million other kiwis, we at IITP will be hunkering down on Sunday to watch the final. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, Brendon and the boys can bring the cup back to New Zealand to cap off an amazing period in New Zealand sport. Go the Black Caps!”

Other key industry tech companies also passed on their messages of support to Computerworld New Zealand, including the following:

“Go Black Caps! We know you’ll make us proud.” - Steve Griffin, Country Manager, Unisys New Zealand

“The semi-final game against South Africa was one of the best games of cricket in New Zealand history - we were on the edges of our seats the whole game. The whole team will be cheering for the Black Caps when it comes to the final on Sunday." - Darrin Grafton, CEO, Serko

“The team at Origin want to wish Brendon McCullum and the Black Caps all the best for the upcoming final. It’s a fantastic achievement to get as far as they have and after being at the game on Tuesday I am sure they can push on and win the final.” - Michael Russell, CEO, Origin IT

“From all the team at MasterCard New Zealand, the very best of luck! We’re with you all the way.” - Peter Chisnall, Country Manager, MasterCard New Zealand

“Huge congratulations to the Black Caps. Now it’s time to take the excitement to the final!” - Cameron Beattie, Managing Director, Conversant

“What a fantastic result – it just shows great training always pays off!” - Melanie Hobcraft, Managing Director, Auldhouse

“Good luck to the BlackCaps for the final. It's great to see a high performing team pulling together so well and achieving such success. If you could make the margin a bit wider on Sunday I'd appreciate it... I don't think my heart could take another one like Tuesday!” - Tristan Boot, President, itSMFnz

“Cricket is a simple process: bowl the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball. Repeat, and good luck!” –Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp

“Keep up the stunning performance team. The Absolute IT team are 110% behind you and will all be cheering for you from across the ditch. Go the Black Caps!” - Grant Burley, Absolute IT Director

“We’re backing the BlackCaps all the way. Best of luck boys!” - 9Spokes

“Clearly Grant Elliot connected bat with ball smartly on Tuesday night, along with the rest of the team. We’re right behind you, online and off! - Connect Smart

With English, Indians, South Africans and Kiwis in our office, thanks for making the last few weeks tense, but exhilarating. Bring it home Black Caps! - MHA Cloud Computing

Capturing the entire mood of the country, NZTech CEO Graeme Muller offered his support, saying: "Every single tech company in New Zealand is right behind the Black Caps. All the way!"

Win or lose, Monday morning will no doubt be a quiet one for many Kiwis with sore heads and weary eyes, so kick back, relax and read Top News from your bed - just this once…

#BacktheBlackCaps