AFL returns to Seven

Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan and Luke Darcy call Round One on Seven.

The 2021 AFL season kicks off this Thursday night on Seven (and boy do they need it), when Richmond and Carlton meet at the MCG.

Calling Round One are Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan and Luke Darcy.

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “There’s no more exciting time of the year than the opening round of the AFL season. This season also has all the ingredients to be one of the most thrilling premiership races in years.

“With the game’s #1 commentary team again in place, we can’t wait to bring all Australians every second of the action, live and free.”

Seven’s coverage starts at 7.00pm AEDT Thursday on Channel 7 and 7mate, when fans will enjoy an epic showdown between a powerhouse Richmond team chasing a premiership three-peat in 2021 and an emerging Blues side desperate to return to the finals for the first time since 2013.

Thursday’s showdown is the first of four live and free blockbusters in four days on Seven in round one. The others are:

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, 7.00pm AEDT on Friday
Essendon v Hawthorn, 6.30pm AEDT on Saturday
GWS Giants v St Kilda, 2.30pm AEDT on Sunday

Fans in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will also be able to watch every game involving teams from their home states live and free.

Expert commentators Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Daisy Pearce, Matthew Richardson, Jobe Watson, Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Cameron Ling, Jimmy Bartel and Abbey Holmes are also part of football’s best line-up in 2021, along with Abbey Gelmi, Jacqui Felgate, Jude Bolton, Xavier Ellis, Mark Soderstrom, Jason Bennett, Nigel Carmody and Campbell Brown.

This Sunday, Abbey Gelmi, Tim Watson, Matthew Richardson and Heath Shaw will launch Sunday Footy Fest at 12.00pm AEDT, when fans can look forward to an all-new wrap of the entire day’s action, including the AFLW and AFL matches of the day, and round one’s other highlights and news.

2 Responses

  1. I get the feeling that the crowd numbers will be at restricted capacity due to social distancing measures. Given that the GWS-Saints Match is played interstate, I get the feeling that they will call from a studio. But I reckon that BT and other callers may call the Tigers-Blues match from the MCG.

  2. Interesting that Leigh Matthews is still officially part of the team. He barely appeared last year, despite most matches being in his home state. Didn’t even do the finals when commentators were at the ground.
    Wonder if 7 will do a Fox and permanently call interstate matches from a studio.

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