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Seven confirms commentary team for AFL in 2017

SportKevin Perry

Matthew Richardson, Brian Taylor, Tim Watson, Bruce McAvaney, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling and Hamish McLachlan
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AFL on Seven returns tonight. In 2017, Seven welcomes its callers back, with Brian Taylor joining Bruce McAvaney on Friday nights, Hamish McLachlan joining McAvaney on Thursday nights. And Basil Zempilas calling Saturday nights with Luke Darcy.

Under the new broadcast deal beginning in 2017, Seven no longer holds broadcast rights for Saturday afternoon AFL in Victoria.

Outside of Victoria, Seven will provide a delayed simulcast of Saturday afternoon games if a local team from that state is involved. (Crows & Power matches in SA, Eagles & Freo matches in WA, Swans & Giants matches in NSW, and Lions & Suns matches in QLD)

Tim Watson, Leigh Matthews, Cameron Ling, Wayne Carey, and Matthew Richardson all return to the expert comments chair, along with field commentators Nick Maxwell, Jude Bolton, Andrew Welsh, Peter Bell, Mark Soderstrom and Brad Sewell.

Three-time premiership player and Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel joins the team as a field commentator, along with Melbourne AFLW team captain Daisy Pearce.

Sam Lane and Mick Molloy also return in the Saturday night pre-game alongside Darce, Richo, Lingy and Sam McClure with The Kick, described as light-hearted hour of fun and footy news from 6.30pm each week.

Seven News chief football reporter Mark Stevens will bring all the latest news to the AFL coverage throughout each weekend.

McClure joins the Seven coverage with Footy Central on Friday and Saturday nights. Sam again joins the panel as the resident news breaker on Talking Footy.

The Front Bar also returns with Andy Maher, Sam Pang and Mick Molloy sharing a laugh about the week in AFL and catching up with stars of yesteryear and today. The Front Bar kicks off with a special live show after the season opener Carlton v Richmond on Thursday night.

After a highly successful inaugural AFLW season, Seven will broadcast the AFLW Grand Final as the Lions take on the Crows live this Saturday afternoon.

Seven will again broadcast VFL, SANFL and WAFL matches live, free and exclusive. VFL will be broadcast live on Channel 7 in Melbourne, as well as the VFL finals and Grand Final. Channel 7 and 7mate will broadcast the SANFL and WAFL match of the round in SA and WA respectively, along with finals and the Grand Final.

Seven’s AFL coverage will again feature:

·        Thursday Night Football – back with at least seven games on Seven.

·        Talking Footy returns next Monday night with Luke Darcy, Tim Watson, Wayne Carey and Sam McClure.

·        Game Day returns this Sunday hosted by Hamish McLachlan with Jude Bolton and Nick Riewoldt. Bulldogs banner writer Danny McGinlay joins the show every week for his take on the footy world.

·        LIVE matches every Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday

·        2017 AFL Grand Final LIVE and EXCLUSIVE

·        Every AFL Final LIVE and the Brownlow