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Historic Dreamtime match headlines AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Mega fortnight of footy on Seven and 7mate

Footy fans will be treated to an incredible two weekends of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round live and free on Seven, headlined by the marquee Dreamtime blockbuster between traditional rivals Richmond and Essendon on Saturday night.

A mainstay on the AFL calendar, the 2022 Sir Doug Nicholls Round will celebrate the contributions of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australian Football and the country.

Kicking off with tomorrow night’s Carlton v Sydney Swans clash at Marvel Stadium, Seven will spend the Half Time Break with this year’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round Honouree, Jingili/Warramunga/Ngalakan/Arrente man and football legend, Bill Dempsey.

A legend of the game on and off the field, Dempsey is a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and a triple premiership player for both West Perth and the Darwin Buffaloes. Following his football career, Dempsey has committed his life to supporting Indigenous communities with his inspirational work in public housing.

Returning to the MCG for the first time since 2019, fans can witness all the key moments from the historic Dreamtime match between Richmond and Essendon live and free on 7mate, this Saturday night from 6.30pm AEST.

Seven’s Dreamtime team will include three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Johnson alongside Hamish McLachlan, Luke Darcy, Wayne Carey and Abbey Holmes.

Seven’s Dreamtime at the G coverage will include a Welcome to Country conducted by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung elder Uncle Colin Hunter. Then, fans can tune in for half-time performance by up-and-coming vocalist Kristal West, the granddaughter of Indigenous land rights activist, the late Dr Eddie Mabo.

In Round 11, football’s #1 commentary team will be in Sydney to call the annual Marn Grook Game between the Sydney Swans and Richmond at the SCG, before heading to Darwin to bring footy fans all the action from the Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn clash at TIO Stadium.

In a coup for footy fans, Darwin-born Shaun Burgoyne will return to the Top End to provide special comments as his old side takes to the field at TIO Stadium.

Before the on-field action kicks off, everyone’s favourite footy show The Front Bar will return tonight on Seven and 7plus, with an incredible line-up of the game’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players joining Andy, Mick and Sam at the bar.

Gavin Wanganeen, Michael Long, Nicky Winmar, Derek Kickett and Darryl White will be in The Front Bar this week to share the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round, while reflecting on their monumental football careers.

7AFL commentator and three-time premiership player for the Brisbane Lions, Chris Johnson shared the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

“It’s been fantastic to be involved with Seven’s commentary team this season, and to add the Dreamtime match to an already great year, makes it even more special,” he said.

“As a player, I looked in from Brisbane and always felt a bit jealous of those two teams having the big spectacle, so it’s great that I can be involved in it now from an off-field perspective.

“We’ve come so far as an industry. Clubs have embraced the round and players are able to talk about their culture within the inner sanctums of their football clubs and engage with all staff at all levels. We’ve come a long way.”

Dreamtime match – Richmond v Essendon
Live from 6.30pm AEST, Saturday 21 May

Mega weekend of motorsport on Seven

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Bathurst 12 Hour returns to Seven, 7mate and 7plus this weekend

Sport fans are gearing up for this weekend’s highly anticipated Bathurst 12 Hour, Australia’s international endurance race, live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus.


Leading sports broadcaster Mark Berretta and Chad Neylon will take viewers live to Mount Panorama for the entire 12-hour event on Sunday from 5.00am AEST, following five hours of live coverage of the Top 10 Shootout and qualifying laps on Saturday afternoon, beginning at midday AEST.


In a coup for motorsport fans, four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will join the commentary team alongside motorsport experts Richard Craill and Matt Naulty, while Briony Ingerson leads the pit lane coverage.

Seven’s world-class Supercars coverage will continue uninterrupted during commercial breaks this weekend, through cutting edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology introduced during the 2021 season.


Seven Melbourne Managing Director and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the premier events on the Australian motorsport calendar and we can’t wait to deliver all the high-octane action to Australians this weekend.


“Seven’s live and free coverage of the Bathurst 12 Hour will be led by a star-studded commentary team, with expert motorsport broadcaster Mark Beretta leading the way across the marathon event. Our team missed this event as much as the fans did in 2021, and we can’t wait to bring it back, bigger than ever this weekend.


“The Bathurst 12 Hour headlines a massive week of sport on Seven and 7plus, with Round Nine of the AFL kicking off on Friday night, a Saturday afternoon packed-full of thoroughbred horse racing, and all the thrills and spills from the Sydney Surf Pro. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action, right here on Seven,” he said.


After winning in 2014 and 2017, fan favourite Craig Lowndes will be aiming for his third Bathurst 12 Hour win on Sunday. The Australian motorsport legend will race a Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Porsche this weekend, to raise funds for the charity close to his heart.


Fans can tune in to the full broadcast live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus, while the fullreplay will be available as catch up on 7plus, along with Supercars highlights, docos and other bonus motorsports content.

Supercars on Seven – Bathurst 12 Hour
12.00pm AEST Saturday, 5.00am AEST Sunday on
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Historic ANZAC Day clash headlines mega weekend of sport on Seven

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

AFL, Racing and World Surf League on Seven and 7plus

Australians will be treated to a mega weekend of sport action on the Seven Network, headlined by the annual ANZAC Day AFL match between Essendon and Collingwood live from the hallowed MCG. Kicking off from 2pm AEST on Monday, Seven will broadcast a full pre-game ceremony live and free, including the traditional ANZAC Day moment of silence in front of a packed MCG crowd.


The footy action kicks off tonight when Andy, Mick and Sam assume their usual positions at The Front Bar, alongside special guests Richmond Football Club President, Peggy O’Neal and former Port Adelaide and Melbourne player, Jack Watts, from 8.30pm AEST on Seven and 7plus.


Football’s #1 commentary team will deliver all the action live from stadia around the country this weekend, kicking off with Friday Night Footy in Canberra between the GWS Giants and St Kilda from 7.30pm AEST on Seven. Fans can tune into 7mate and 7plus, for the Friday Night Countdown pre-game show with Matthew Richardson from 7.00pm AEST, and post-match for the Armchair Experts with Adam Cooney, Georgie Parker and Campbell Brown from 11.00pm AEST.


Rounding out this week’s AFL matches on Seven are:
• Fremantle v Carlton at Optus Stadium on Saturday from 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7
and 7mate
• Richmond v Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday from 7.00pm on Channel 7 and
7mate


Winter Racing begins on Seven on Saturday, with five hours of thoroughbred racing live from Royal Randwick, Morphettville and Caulfield from 12.00pm AEST. Then, Seven will bring fans all the action live from Optus Stadium when Fremantle take on Carlton, from 7.00pm AEST.


Following on from last week’s excitement at Bells Beach, the World Surf League Championship Tour arrives at Margaret River from Sunday afternoon, with all events streamed live and free on 7plus. With men’s and women’s events expected to continue until Wednesday, fans can catch every wave of the Margaret River Pro as it happens on 7plus.


State league footy is back on Seven this Sunday, kicking off with Richmond v Casey for Round Five of the VFL from 12.00pm AEST. South Australian fans can watch Norwood take on West Adelaide in Round Four of the SANFL from 2.00pm ACST, before Peel Thunder host West Perth in the WAFL from 2.00pm AWST. State league footy fans can watch their dedicated home-state match live on Channel 7, while all the VFL, SANFL and WAFL action is available live and free on 7plus, nationally.

Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

AFLW shines on the biggest stage

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Seven live and free games over four days on Seven and 7mate

In a league first, football fans will witness AFL Women’s on the biggest stage this weekend, when Seven’s own Daisy Pearce leads Melbourne onto the MCG turf to take on the Brisbane Lions in a Preliminary Final, this Saturday at 12.30pm on Seven and 7plus.

After a historic Round Two, football’s #1 commentary team will return to football grounds across the nation to deliver seven games live and free on Seven, kicking off with Thursday Night Footy at Marvel Stadium from 7.00pm AEDT, featuring the man of the moment, Lance “Buddy” Franklin.

Friday Night Footy heads to the MCG to see the reigning premiers battle Essendon, as the Bombers attempt to get their first win of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season.

Fans can also enjoy back-to-back footy this Saturday and Sunday, with the two AFLW Preliminary Finals leading the charge, before Collingwood take on Geelong at the MCG, live on Seven and 7mate from 6.30pm AEDT. Then, St Kilda and Richmond battle in the annual Maddie’s Match at Marvel Stadium at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon, straight after Seven’s VFL coverage.

The AFL Round Three and AFLW Finals matches broadcast on Seven this week are:

  • Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium – 7.00pm AEDT Thursday
  • Melbourne v Essendon, SCG – 7.00pm AEDT Friday
  • AFLW Preliminary Final: Melbourne v Brisbane Lions – 12.00pm AEDT Saturday
  • AFLW Preliminary Final: Adelaide Crows v Fremantle – 2.30pm AEDT Saturday
  • Collingwood v Geelong Cats, MCG – 6.30pm AEDT Saturday
  • VFL Sandringham v Richmond – 12.00pm AEDT Sunday (Victoria only)
  • St Kilda v Richmond – 3.00pm AEDT Sunday on Channel 7

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Shane Warne Memorial

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Special coverage on Channel 7 and 7plus

Join the Seven Network on Wednesday, 30 March, as the world farewells Shane Warne, with live, commercial-free coverage of the State Memorial Service from 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Coverage will begin immediately following 7NEWS, live to the MCG in Melbourne where family, friends and former teammates will gather to celebrate the extraordinary life of the Australian cricketing great, in front of a 40,000 strong crowd.

Warnie was in so many ways just like all of us, the only difference was that he was one of the greatest cricketers of all time. We are proud to broadcast this service commercial-free to all Australians as we pay tribute to an incredible life and legend who gave so much to his sport and his country.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Network Head of Sport

Shane Warne Memorial live and commercial-free 7.00pm Wednesday, 30 March, on Channel 7 and 7plus

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AFL opening round scores on Seven

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Coverage reached 4.6 million people nationally

The 2022 AFL Premiership Season opening round scored high on the Seven Network last week, reaching 4.6 million people nationally.

The Grand Final rematch between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs on Wednesday kicked off Seven’s 2022 AFL coverage, reaching 2.26 million viewers nationally.  

The epic clash peaked at 1.09 million viewers across Australia, with the match averaging 734,000 viewers, up 9% on the 2021 AFL series average.

The Thursday match between Carlton and Richmond drew 627,000 viewers nationally and peaked at 926,000, while Friday night’s St Kilda vs. Collingwood clash was watched by 665,000 people nationally and peaked at 904,000.

The Friday match was the #1 non-news program of the night, dominated its timeslot and reached 1.98 million viewers nationally. The huge numbers helped Seven win Friday night with a 51% network commercial share across Australia.

On Saturday, 421,000 people nationally tuned into Seven’s live and free coverage of Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide. It was the #1 non-news program of the night in 25 to 54s, #1 in its timeslot in all key demos and reached 1.61 million viewers nationally.

The round one matches ranked as the #1 program in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.

Seven’s coverage captured 78% of the overall TV audience for round one, including 78% of all viewers in Melbourne and 79% in Adelaide.

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Seven partners with Magic Millions until 2027

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Queensland’s biggest race meeting will be broadcast live and free on Seven and 7plus until 2027, with the Seven Network extending its rich association with Magic Millions Raceday in a new six-year broadcast partnership.

With comprehensive coverage across Channel 7 and 7plus, Australia’s #1 racing commentary team will once again be on hand to deliver an incredible day of thoroughbred racing and bring to life all the great moments of Magic Millions Raceday.

As the most exciting day on the Queensland racing calendar, Magic Millions Raceday is a must-watch event and we can’t wait to bring fans all the action from the Gold Coast once again in 2023 and beyond.

There’s no better way to open our electrifying 2023 racing coverage and we look forward to continuing our close partnership with Magic Millions.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Magic Millions is delighted to renew its broadcast deal with the Seven Network, which will see our partnership extend until 2027.

The Seven Network racing broadcast team are arguably the best in the world. Seven’s team of experts take the palpable excitement of our world-class raceday and ensure the audience – racing and sporting fans from across Australia – experience the thrill and adrenaline as if they were on the Gold Coast.

Seven acknowledges that The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is a spectacle of thoroughbred racing excellence and entertainment like no other. Together we have been able to build the raceday audience to millions of Australians.

Katie Page, Magic Millions co-owner

On 15 January this year, racing lovers enjoyed an action-packed day at Gold Coast Race Club, where Coolangatta proved herself as one of the country’s best two-year-olds with a thrilling win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

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AFL season opener reaches 2.26 million

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Audience up 9% on 2021 season average

The 2022 AFL Premiership Season scored high on the Seven Network last night, with the Grand Final rematch between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs reaching 2.26 million viewers nationally.  

The epic clash peaked at 1.09 million viewers across Australia, with the match averaging 734,000 viewers, up 9% on the 2021 AFL series average.

Broadcast live and free on Channel 7 and 7mate, Melbourne’s 26-point win dominated TV viewing in their home town last night – ranking as the #1 program in Melbourne in total people, 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s – and was up a strong 26% in Sydney on the 2021 season opener.

Played in front of a 58,000-strong crowd at the MCG, the blockbuster game helped Channel 7 grow its overnight audience in 25 to 54s by a massive 64% year-on-year and by 30% in total people.

Seven’s coverage captured 73% of the overall TV audience for last night’s game, including 75% of all viewers in Melbourne and 80% in Adelaide.

The Front Bar returned to normal programming straight after the match to cover the exciting clash, averaging 469,000 viewers, up 36% year-on-year. 

After a record-breaking 2021 AFL Grand Final – the biggest television program last year – we’re thrilled to once again share Australia’s number one winter sport with millions of Australians, live and free on Seven.

Seven’s prime time coverage, underpinned by our expert commentary and insights, delivered fresh perspective on the match and transported fans to the heart of the action.

For the first time in a long time, we heard the roar of a footy-hungry Melbourne and Western Bulldogs crowd. The game injected new life into the hearts of Melburnians, and I can’t wait to see how they react tonight when we return to the MCG to witness the new-look Blues take on Richmond, broadcast live and free on Seven.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Bowling Shane

By 7SPORT, SPORT

New documentary Warnie celebrates the life of a cricketing great

Celebrate the incredible life of cricket’s King of Spin, Shane Warne, when Warnie premieres 7.30pm Wednesday, 23 March on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The hour-long special showcases the highs and lows of Australia’s most famous cricketer, who built an extraordinary career both on and off the pitch, and whose untimely death at the age of 52 stunned the world earlier this month.

Don’t miss Shane’s teammates, friends and fans sharing their favourite stories and detailing the never say die attitude that changed the game of cricket forever.

Must-see interviews include:

  • Glenn McGrath, former teammate
  • Matthew Hayden, former cricketer
  • Justin Langer, former cricketer and Australian Coach
  • Merv Hughes, former cricketer
  • Matt Comyn, Commonwealth Bank CEO
  • Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Director
  • Mel McLaughlin, 7NEWS sports anchor
  • Magda Szubanski, Comedian and television personality
  • Danni Minogue, Singer and television personality

Warnie premieres 7.30pm next Wednesday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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