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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

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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Grand Final rematch headlines historic AFL opening round on Seven

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Six live and free games over four days

Fans will witness an incredible feast of AFL and AFLW action on the Seven Network this week, when Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs kick-start an epic opening round of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season, tonight from 7.00pm on Seven.

In an unmissable event, football’s #1 commentary team will take fans live to the MCG to witness Melbourne’s highly anticipated flag unfurl ceremony – their first in 54 years. Then, Max Gawn’s Demons come face-to-face with Marcus Bontempelli’s Bulldogs for the first time since their emphatic Grand Final victory in 2021.

The AFL action will kick-off early on Seven, with 7NEWS’ Rebecca Maddern reading today’s news live from the MCG boundary line from 4.00pm AEDT. Then, Peter Mitchell joins the team at the MCG to host the 6.00pm Melbourne news bulletin ahead of the Wednesday Night Football Pre-Game Show at 6.30pm AEDT.

In exciting news for fans, The Front Bar returns to normal programming straight after tonight’s opening match. Andy, Mick and Sam will assume their usual positions at the bar, where they will cross live to the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs’ rooms at the MCG to celebrate with the winning team.

The Demons-Bulldogs clash is one of six unmissable live and free matches this week on Seven and 7plus. The others are:

  • Carlton v Richmond, MCG – 7.00pm AEDT Thursday
  • St Kilda v Collingwood, Marvel Stadium – 7.00pm AEDT Friday
  • AFLW Qualifying Final One – North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos v Fremantle, Arden Street Oval – 2.00pm AEDT Saturday
  • AFLW Qualifying Final Two – Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, The Gabba – 4.00pm AEDT Saturday
  • Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, The Gabba – 7.00pm AEDT Saturday

2022 AFL Premiership Season is Live and free on Seven from Wednesday 16 March – Your Home of Footy

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Star athletes set to shine on 7plus

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Seven strikes three-year partnership with Athletics Australia

The Seven Network’s coverage of Australian athletics is ready to step up another gear, as Athletics Australia and Seven announce a three-year streaming deal, commencing with the Australian Track and Field Championships this month, live, free and in HD* on 7plus.

Athletics is one of Australia’s most loved sports, with Australian track and field athletes featuring in six of the top 10 events on Seven during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last year.

Australians will not miss any of the action at a national level, with Seven broadcasting the next three editions of the Australian Track and Field Championships.

Director and Head of Network Sport, said: “We are very happy to extend our sports offering to include Australian athletics throughout the next three seasons on Seven, Your Home of Sport.

During the Tokyo Olympics, we saw just how much Australians love getting behind our track and field athletes, and we cannot wait to deliver the excitement, the passion and the pure elation of our Aussie athletes, straight into living rooms across the country. All the action is just one click away on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or computer.

Lewis Martin, Seven Melbourne Managing

Seven’s broadcast of the Australian Track and Field Championships will begin with the first session of the Championships at 2.00pm AEDT on 26 March, live, free and in HD* on 7plus.

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Australian Track and Field Championships

Day One – Saturday, 26 March
2.00pm: Melbourne, Sydney
1.30pm: Adelaide
1.00pm: Brisbane
11.00am: Perth

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Footy’s best team lines up for a huge 2022

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Fan favourites bolster AFL coverage on Seven, Your Home of Footy

Football’s #1 commentary team is locked and loaded, ready to bring fans an epic 2022 AFL season in what looks to be an incredibly tight race to September. With some fresh and familiar faces delivering all the action live and free, there’s no other place footy fans will want to be than the Seven Network, Your Home of Footy.

In a massive bonus for fans, four-time premiership hero and Hawthorn and Port Adelaide legend Shaun Burgoyne will join the Seven team in his first-ever commentary role.

Fresh off the back of his 407-game AFL career, the man affectionately known as “Silk” will join Seven’s coverage of the Round One Grand Final re-match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. Across the season, Burgoyne will be part of the commentary team for Adelaide-based matches and marquee games.

After making guest appearances during the 2021 season, Brisbane Lions premiership star Chris Johnson will also join the Seven team in 2022 to provide expert commentary and analysis on the game he played at the elite level for 13 years.

In addition to the team’s new recruits, Seven welcomes back football’s star-studded line-up in 2022, including the game’s best group of callers – Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Jason Bennett and Luke Darcy.

Expert commentators Daisy Pearce, Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Matthew Richardson, Jobe Watson, Erin Phillips, Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Cameron Ling, Jimmy Bartel and Abbey Holmes are also back, while Abbey Gelmi, Jacqui Felgate, Jude Bolton, Mark Soderstrom, Nigel Carmody and Campbell Brown round out football’s best team.

For Australia’s favourite footy expert, Daisy Pearce, there’s no shortage of possibility on the eve of the 2022 AFL season.

Melbourne’s drought-breaking Premiership was 57 years in the making. Can they continue to improve as ‘The Hunted’ and do what only three teams have been able to do in the past two-and-a-bit decades and go back-to-back?

Who is Hawthorn in this new Sam Mitchell dawn? His coaching journey – taking the reins from one of the greatest coaches of all time – will be fascinating to watch. Last year we saw Ben Rutten lead a freshened, exciting Essendon list to a final, and it took an eventual grand finalist to end their season. Will another year of development see them become a genuine threat?

Seeing fans flock back to the footy all over the country will be extra special this year and will add to the magic of what will be an incredible season.

Daisy Pearce

The sport we love in this town hasn’t been as we’ve wanted it during the past few years. Nothing has.

To think about it coming back to life – with the stadia full and the roars loud – is just so bloody exciting. I can’t wait to walk into the MCG and see the colour and hear the noise of our game. How lucky we are to be involved!

Hamish McLachlan

2022 AFL Premiership Season is Live and free on Seven from Wednesday 16 March – Your Home of Footy

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