The Richmond Tigers are the defending Premiers, but a number of teams are playing footy at a high level so it’s anyone’s guess who will be the last side standing, and you can enjoy the action using a standard or HD TV, as well as live streaming options with a Free trial.
AFL 2018 Round 1 Preview
The most anticipated matchup of Round 1 will be the opening game of the season, set to take place between traditional rivals Richmond and Carlton at the MCG on Thursday, March 22. The Tigers will unveil their 2017 flag prior to the game, which is expected to draw upwards of 90,000 football starved fans. The Tigers will go in as hot favourites after a pre-season which saw them resounding victors in both games, and the Blues will have to be at their absolute best to challenge the reigning Premiers.
Neither Hawthorn nor Collingwood featured in last year’s finals series, but both are historically successful clubs, and their huge fanbases mean a massive crowd is sure to rock the MCG on Saturday night. The Hawks, after winning three Premierships in a row between 2013-15, dropped out of the finals last year, but they are a proud club and will be confident they can work their way back up the ladder this season. The Magpies had a tumultuous season which saw club legend and current coach Nathan Buckley on the verge of being sacked, but he was ultimately re-signed and the Pies finished the season strong. This is tipped to be a close one, and will garner plenty of interest from footy lovers, but don’t look for every event in this round of the AFL on Free to Air to be shown live online.
This Rounds LIVE AFL TV Fixtures
Thu March 22: Richmond v Carlton 7.25pm (Seven/Fox)
Fri March 23: Essendon v Adelaide 7.50pm (Seven/Fox)
Sat March 24: St Kilda v Brisbane Lions 3.35pm (Fox)
Sat March 24: Port Adelaide v Fremantle 4.35pm (Fox)
Sat March 24: Gold Coast v North Melbourne 7.25pm (Fox)
Sat March 24: Hawthorn v Collingwood 7.25pm (Seven/Fox)
Sun, March 25: GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs 1.10pm (Fox)
Sun, March 25: Melbourne v Geelong 3.20pm (Seven/Fox)
Sun, March 25: West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans 7.20pm (Fox)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. AFL match replays available through-out the week.
Watch the AFL – Free Live TV Offer
If you are looking for AFL action then Foxtel is the place for you, with every game of every round of the 2018 season shown live and in HD, with no ad-breaks through Fox Footy (excluding the grand final). This includes a good number of great matches not available on Free to Air, and replays of the games you may have missed.So if you’re a resident of Australia check out the Foxtel Now Free TV trial which is available to both new and existing Foxtel users, and will broadcast this exciting Footy round live online (Mac & PC excluded)*, as well as offering AFL mobile streaming options through the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.
AFL Free to Air Broadcast Guide
New South Wales – Sydney: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Queensland – 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 – 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.
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, NT – Darwin, Tasmania – Hobart: No special channel 7 broadcasting arrangements apply.
Channel 7 vs Foxtel TV Fixtures
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited to an average of three contests per week, Foxtel will televise every match in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with up to five exclusive games each week to include the late matches on both Saturday and Sunday.
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
Australia Regional Television Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time the match will start in your location. For example, games that kick off at 8.00pm in Melbourne will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 6.00pm in Perth, based on their time differences.
Sydney, NSW: 7.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 7.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6.30pm
Darwin, NT: 6.30pm
Perth, WA: 5.00pm