The AFL Marsh Community Series, recently re-named from the JLT Series, is the key pre-season competition of the AFL, and with new players emerging and past rivalries still every bit intense, the 2021 edition shapes up to be another fascinating lead-up to the season proper.
The Richmond Tigers will enter the season as reigning premiers of the AFL, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism among the league’s other teams. It’s for that reason that the AFL-pre-season is a highly anticipated event, and you can watch every match at home on TV, or stream the games live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2021 AFL Marsh Community Series TV Guide
The 2021 edition of the AFL pre-season competition sees each side play two games, with the event running across a little over two weeks. In the past, the competition has run over a longer period of time with each side playing three games, but the series was recently shortened due to the AFLX fixtures and the condensed format will continue this year. The Marsh Community Series offers clubs a chance to refine both their best 22 as well as their game style, and gives players some of that match fitness which is so pivotal in the lead-up to the season itself.
We will see some of the league’s best rivalries across the two weeks, including a match on the 29th of February when the GWS Giants host their cross-town rivals, the Sydney Swans. This clash will kick off an intriguing pre-season for last year’s Grand Finalists, with the Giants facing off against the team which humiliated them on the AFL’s biggest stage, the Richmond Tigers, a little over a week later.
A day before the Grand Final rematch, one of the most heated rivalries in the game – and certainly the biggest on the west coast – will take centre stage when the Eagles take on the Dockers at Optus Stadium. These games always have an added element of intensity to them, and even though this game doesn’t count for regular season points, both teams will be more eager than they would likely care to admit to get one over their intra-city opponent.
How to Stream the AFL Pre Season Live and Free
While you won’t find Free to Air AFL Pre Season telecasts in Australia, the Fox Footy channel (Foxtel/Kayo) as seen in the TV schedule provided below, will provide complete Live coverage with no ad-breaks during play. This includes watching the AFL Marsh Community Series online with eligible internet connected devices (PC & Mac excluded) using the Foxtel Now 10 days free trial, and replays so you can enjoy the action no matter your schedule.
Alternatively, you may wish to check out Kayo Sports which is offering a free trial for 14 days and will likewise televise these same Fox Footy matches LIVE. With the Kayo trial you can stream the AFL free using eligible mobile devices, and there’s no set-up or equipment fees. Eligible devices include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new platforms arriving soon.
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AFL Marsh Community Series Live TV Times (AEDT)
|Friday, 6 March||Adelaide v Gold Coast||4.20pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday, 6 March||Hawthorn v Melbourne||7.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 7 March||Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs||3.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 7 March||West Coast v Fremantle||4.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 8 March||GWS v Richmond||12.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 8 March||Collingwood v St. Kilda||3.50pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 8 March||Carlton v Brisbane||6.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday, 9 March||North Melbourne v Sydney||1.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday, 9 March||Geelong v Essendon||4.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
2021 AFL Premiership on Australian TV
Regardless of your schedule, you can watch the AFL Free to air, or take the matches with you by streaming the AFL Live (Mac & PC excluded) so you never need to miss a minute of this year’s exciting action before the Grand Final.
Additionally, Foxtel will be televising select AFL matches on 4K Ultra HD via channel 444. Fresh off the successful 4K summer of sport, which included the Bathurst 1000 and a series of key Aussie Cricket contests, Foxtel will be broadcasting more than 40 AFL premiership matches in 4K Ultra HD. The contests will air live in 4K with no ad-breaks during play, offering a viewing experience only rivaled by actually attending the games.
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