NRL Grand Final: guide

Another Grand Final with no HD broadcast but here are all the details of the NRL Grand Final broadcast on Nine.

Here are the details of the NRL Grand Final between Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Warriors broadcast on Nine.

Kelly Clarkson and Eskimo Joe will perform.

As has been noted elsewhere, the game will not be broadcast in HD on GEM. A Nine spokesperson indicated to TV Tonight, this was “To ensure our viewers get the most variety of options available to them – so NRL GF only goes out on Nine – with GO! & GEM offering alternative viewing.”

Disappointingly neither the AFL nor NRL Grand Finals will be seen in HD in live broadcasts in 2011.

Twenty-nine weeks of the 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership end in a rousing showdown this Sunday when the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles meet the Warriors from New Zealand in the grand final at ANZ Stadium – LIVE from 4.30pm AEDT on Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

New Zealand dominates the day with three teams making the grand final: the Warriors in the NRL and the Toyota Cup, plus the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup.

The Sunday Roast kicks off Nine’s massive grand final day at the special time of 10.00am with Andrew Voss, Mark Geyer, Terry Kennedy and Phil Gould. The Sunday Footy Show follows at 11.00am AEDT, LIVE from ANZ Stadium with Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Wally Lewis as they track the journey to the grand final for the Sea Eagles and the Warriors.

The on-field action starts at midday when the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs play the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup grand final. Retiring Bulldogs great Andrew Ryan will join Nine’s commentary team for the NSW Cup decider.

The Toyota Cup grand final between the Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys follows at 2.00pm. At the conclusion of the match, Peter Sterling will sit down with NRL superstar Darren Lockyer to look back on his illustrious career.

Nine’s coverage of the grand final entertainment extravaganza begins at 4.30pm AEDT. This will feature an 80-piece orchestra performing a farewell tribute to retiring rugby league stars including Lockyer, Mark Gasnier and Preston Campbell.

Emmy Award-winning US pop star Kelly Clarkson will headline the entertainment with her new single, Mr Know It All. Eight-time ARIA Award winners Eskimo Joe will perform their new smash hit, Love Is A Drug.

Then the fireworks really start when the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Warriors meet in the NRL grand final.

Catch the top names in the game for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final coverage. The voice of rugby league, Ray Warren, will lead Nine’s commentary team. Joining him are Peter Sterling and Phil Gould, while  Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Wally Lewis make up the expert panel. Andrew Voss will join Phil Gould to call the NSW Cup before teaming up with Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler for the Toyota Cup grand final.

Sunday 2nd October
NSW Cup Grand Final
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Auckland Vulcans
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
1200 AEDT LIVE on Nine in:
Sydney @ 1200
Brisbane @ 1100
Darwin on Imparja @ 1030

Toyota Cup Grand Final
Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
1400 AEDT LIVE on Nine in:
Sydney @ 1400
Brisbane @ 1300
Darwin on Imparja @ 1230

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final 2011
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Warriors
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
1630 AEDT LIVE on Nine in:
Sydney @ 1630
Brisbane @ 1530
Melbourne @ 1630
Adelaide @ 1600
Perth @ 1330
Darwin on Imparja @ 1500

Regionally on WIN & NBN in:
Southern NSW (1630)
ACT (1630)
Qld (1530)
Vic (1630)
SA (1600)
WA (1330)
Tas (1630)

NB: Matches and times are subject to change.

20 Responses

  1. Spot on James, these FTA goons cry out and whinge against pay tv encroaching on their broadcasts; they complain that all sports must be shown for free, then don’t show the games or treat them with respect they deserve and certainly not with the same respect that they seemed to have for the sports when they were on commercials begging the government to give them exclusive access.

    We are dudded by the networks every year. Bring on footy on Foxtel next year!

  2. @Armchair Analyst – I think the argument that cost cutting is at the heart of this problem is not disputed, but the issue is that networks cannot show these events in both SD and HD. While Ten made the argument that they had to show superbikes live at the same time as the AFL, it makes no sense that Nine cant show the grand final simultaneous.They could still sell advertising for their HD channel as well and will be covering this.

    They can cry poor as much as they want but when they put up huge marketing campaigns to retain the rights to many top tier by anti siphoning rules, then they should be forced to make sure these games are presented in the highest quality or lose the rights!

  3. @Kim yes it is free but it should be considering how bad the coverage is it is not in HD they have ads i just think that it should be joint rights so that both foxtel and FTA can show it i bet if that was the case then the ratings for the grand final would drop on FTA because everyone who has foxtel would be watching in on that in HD and with no ads

  4. Thanks for menyioning when the game is on in Tassie.
    Tasmanians don’t tend to get included in a lot of the air times etc.
    I assume it’s because we don’t have 7, 9, and 10 buttheir regional counterparts!

  5. For the first time in a while the nrl is not going head to head with the SANFL Grand Final in Adelaide, although there is an SANFL prelim final on Sunday shown on the ABC so it will be interesting to see how this affects the rugby numbers. (last year the rugby grand final was only watched by an appalling 33k in Adelaide whereas the SANFL grand final was watched by 100k in Adelaide, both on at the same time and same day)

  6. Ok lets settled this once and for all. FTA television doesn offer sport of some shows in HD because its still apparently too expensive. Also Pay tv does because they have to in order to keep thier customers its the same thing with Live matches. The FTA networks have a business model which is modeled on the harvard business model of cost cutting and if its not necesarry then they wont use it. In t their eyes or view HD and Liveis not necessary, because they can still make money even without HD or Live. Pay TV on the other hand must do both in order to keep or retain its viewers or subscribers, because we all know Pay Tv is just another un necessary expence which needs to find a reason to be valid and a reason why to charge people for it. If all we all of our commerical networks were pay tv then we would definetly gett Live and in HD. So there you have it a clear explanation as to why they wont do both. Now stop whining you cant have both either its in HD or its Live personally i would love it to be Live, and thats because i couldnt be stuffed buying a ticket and going to the games an allso because iam not rich enought to buy tickets to travel to matches.

  7. Live in Adelaide. I’m happy. Couldn’t care whether it’s SD or HD, as long as it’s live. Pity they couldn’t do that with State of Origin, or even any other NRL game during the year. So if Nine won’t show all games live on their other channels from next year, well i hope they lose the rights.

  8. Seriously there has to be some change in terms of forcing channels to show the major games in HD along with SD.I mean is Australia the only developed country in the world that doesn’t give viewers the option. I mean when they say to give fans the best options in viewing, what does that mean? Gem will be showing The Cracksman, Getaway and Funny Girl whilst the Grand final is playing. Is the audiences for these three screenings going to outdo the NRL grand final? I was in the US a few months back and basically you have have every FTA channel in SD and HD. There should be something similar here.

  9. Like I’ve been doing all year for channel nine’s pathetic broadcasts of the NRL, I’ll have to close my eyes and put my fingers in my ears until Fox Sports replay the game in glorious High Def.

    Seriously thinking of just flying to NZ so I can watch the final as for some reason they get all nine broadcasts live and in HD even the sunday delayed game.

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