AFL on Free to Air
Continuing in 2018, the twenty-three rounds of the AFL Premiership will be for the most part held three days a week, Friday to Sunday. The AFL Free to Air coverage on Seven Network will include live telecasts of the Friday night game, up to two matches on Saturday, one contest on Sunday afternoon, and any games that fall on a public holiday or a Monday. Channel 7 will also broadcast the entire Final series live, including the Grand Final.
Channel Seven vs Foxtel
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited, Foxtel will televise every game in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with up to five exclusive matches each week to include the games on Saturday and Sunday night.
Friday Night: Ch. 7 and Foxtel
Saturday Afternoon Game 1: Ch. 7 and Foxtel
Saturday Afternoon Game 2: Foxtel
Saturday Evening: Foxtel
Saturday Night Game 1: Ch. 7 and Foxtel
Saturday Night Game 2: Foxtel
Sunday Afternoon Game 1: Foxtel
Sunday Afternoon Game 2: Ch. 7 and Foxtel
Sunday Evening: Foxtel
Monday & Public Holidays: Ch. 7 and Foxtel
The above listing offers a guide for what games are shown on each channel, Australia-wide, and does not reflect Channel Seven’s free to air state-to-state variations which may also include:
New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Queensland (QLD) – Brisbane: All Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
South Australia (SA) – Adelaide: All Port Adelaide Power and Adelaide Crows matches will be televised by the Seven Network across Channel 7, as well as 7Mate and 7HD.
Western Australia (WA) – Perth: All Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles matches will be televised by the Seven Network, live, alternating between Channel 7 and 7Mate.
ACT – Canberra: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Victoria – Melbourne: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
Northern Territories (NT) – Darwin: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
Tasmania – Hobart: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
AFL 2018 Players to Watch
All eyes will be on the Geelong Cats and Gary Ablett Jr. The prodigal son has returned home after a several year stint at the Gold Coast Suns, where, overall, it wasn’t a happy experience for Ablett and the Suns on the field with the side failing to reach the Finals during his time there. He had enough and for personal reasons has returned to Geelong. Could he be the final piece of the puzzle to secure the Cats their first premiership since 2011 and his first since 2009, and best of all you can watch the AFL live online with an eligible device.
2017 was all about Richmond star Dustin Martin. He had one of the best years from a player in AFL history. He dominated the Brownlow Medal, won all the media awards and of course starred for the Tigers in the Grand Final, which saw him win the North Smith Medal as best on ground, all of which topped off by a massive contract with Richmond. It’ll be hard to top what he achieved in 2017, but on what we have seen in the pre-season, he could be getting better, which is a scary thought for rivals.
It’ll be a big 2018 for star Sydney forward Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin. Buddy had a pretty good 2017 overall after a slow start to the year, along with the rest of the team. But he did sign the big contract at the end of 2013 and everyone, including Swans fans, are expecting at least one premiership during that time, and for that to happen, Buddy does need to fire throughout the year. If he is to do that, Sydney will go a long way towards winning the 2018 Premiership.
AFL 2018 Teams to Watch
Everyone will be fascinated to see how Richmond go in 2018. Their pressure around the ball in 2017, especially in their forward half, was something to behold and a large reason as to why they won the premiership after a horror 2016 in what was one of the great turnarounds in recent history. Their pre-season form in the JLT Series has been outstanding and given that, they are tipped by many experts to take out the premiership and become the first side since Hawthorn to win multiple premierships on the bounce, so don’t miss a key match when you can stream the AFL live with a compatible device.
2018 will be such an interesting year for the Adelaide Crows. For the most part, they were the best side of 2017 and made the Grand Final, but in the big dance, they were completely embarrassed by the Tigers. There is nothing worse than being humiliated in the Grand Final, so how they respond in 2018 will be good viewing. They could come out and dominate the season, redeem themselves and win the premiership, or the disappointment could cause scars that will last for some time.
The Sydney Swans have been the most consistent side in the AFL for over 20 years, missing the finals just twice during that time. Last season was a real mixed bag. They didn’t win for the first two months of the season but went on this incredible run, but the hard toll of playing catch up caught up with them in the end, bowing out in the second week of the finals at the hands of Geelong. They will be making sure that a repeat of the beginning of 2017 doesn’t happen, and their 2018 Anzac round match against the Adelaide Crows will be one of the bigger tests.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants have the roster to win the premiership but they have fallen short in the penultimate weak the past two years, with last year seeing them outclassed by the Tigers in the Prelim Final. They have the best young talent in the competition and have superstars across the board in all three parts of the ground, namely the midfield with Josh Kelly and co-captain Callan Ward. Their premiership window is closing so this might be the last chance for some time.