The AFL JLT Series, recently re-named from the NAB Challenge, is the key pre-season competition of the AFL, and with new players emerging and past rivalries still every bit intense, the 2019 edition shapes up to be another fascinating lead-up to the season proper.
The West Coast Eagles will enter the season as reigning premiers of the AFL, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism among the league’s other teams, which is why 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.
2019 AFL JLT Series Pre-season Preview
The 2019 edition of the AFL pre-season competition sees each side play two games, with the event running across two weeks. In the past, the competition has run over a longer period of time with each side playing three games, but the series has been shortened due to the AFLX fixtures on 22 February. The clubs will use the preseason games to develop new strategies and choose their best twenty-two for the regular premiership, as we saw last year with the West Coast Eagles, who continued their momentum into the season and clinched their first Grand Final victory since 2006.
We will also see some fascinating rivalries across the two weeks, starting March 2 when the Adelaide Crows take on the Port Adelaide Power at Memorial Oval in Port Pirie. Both sides had poor 2018 seasons, most notably the Crows, who made the Grand Final in 2017 but really struggled in 2018, with most of the blame squared at the now infamous pre-season camp. The Power weren’t much better – halfway through the season, they were top four material, but by the end of the year they had slipped out of the top eight, so look for both sides to try and make a statement early on.
Later that night, the two Sydney sides, the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans, will do battle at Blacktown. Both enter 2019 with high hopes – the Giants, in particular, will be hoping for a better run with injuries this season to allow them to capitalise on their talented roster. The Swans, perennial Premiership threats for close to 15 years, were comfortably beaten in the first week of the finals by their younger cross-town rivals last season, and will be desperate to try to reassert themselves as the dominant team in Sydney with a win in this one.
AFL JLT Series Live TV Times (AEDT)
Thurs 7 March: Geelong vs Essendon at 7.10pm
Fri 8 March: GWS vs Adelaide at 7.10pm
Sat 9 March: Port Adelaide vs North Melbourne at 1.10pm
Sat 9 March: Melbourne vs Brisbane at 4.10pm
Sat 9 March: Richmond Tigers vs Hawthorn at 7.10pm
Sun 10 March: Sydney vs Gold Coast at 1.10pm
Sun 10 March: Western Bulldogs vs St. Kilda at 4.10pm
Sun 10 March: Fremantle vs West Coast at 7.10pm
Mon 11 March: Collingwood vs Carlton at 2.10pm
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) will provide complete Live coverage with no ad-breaks during play. This includes watching the AFL JLT Series live 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 with their split-view feature you can catch up to four Live events at the same time.
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2019 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 online (Mac & PC excluded) so you never need to miss a minute of this year’s exciting action before the Grand Final.
Additionally, starting from the 2019 season 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.