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Grand Final Day Events and Timeline 2011

The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities.   All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT.  This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information.  Click on "read more" to see the entire table of events.

Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
10:00 AM 8:00 PM 12:30 PM 10:30 PM Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG (Relayed from Ch. Ten Australia) 3AW radio pregame begins (TV Internet only at this time)
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New Radio Broadcast Deal for Australia Revealed

by Johnson Leung, reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

Internet Radio Service to Remain Free

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the big loser in the new capital city radio rights deal with the AFL, which sees the public broadcaster's coverage not only restricted further, but also facing increasing competition on Sundays over the next two years.

AFL Chief Operating Officer Gillon McLachlan said the current radio rights

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AFL Extends Free Streaming to North America

The AFL quietly announced with a post on the AFL website (and a short note to AFANA) that for Round 17 the AFL website will have free streaming of TV coverage to the USA and Canada this weekend.   The AFL also added a banner on the AFL home page about this.  The note to AFANA said:

"Please note that will stream all eight matches live into the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada over the course of Round 17."

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AFL Online Video Becomes 'Aussie Sport TV'

After years of frustration, things are about to get a lot better

for viewers of AFL video online beginning July 3rd.   A new service called Aussie Sport TV is coming online and will offer AFL video in flash format (similar to YouTube and other sites).   This will replace the existing video offerings of Telstra's Bigpond service, including for subscribers.   Even better, some of that video will be available here on   We will have more details on AFANA's part of this very shortly.   Please note:  the service will not be live until July 3rd.   If you are not already a subscriber to you can subscribe to this new service at this link:  Aussie Sport TV.  (Please use this link only as subscriptions through this link generate commissions for AFANA!).  If you already are a subscriber to, you are subscribed to this new service automatically at no additional charge!   Today AFL web site subscribers may have received the following notice:

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New Volunteer Needed for AFL Reviews and Previews

AFANA needs a new volunteer to process and post the AFL Reviews, Previews, and AFL on Radio schedule.  These do not need to be written or edited, just posted through our editing system.  This volunteer position will require about 30 to 45 minutes per week, less once you gain a few weeks experience.   If you would like to help us, respond by /aussiefb[at)afana[ dot }com?subject=Volunteer%20tor%20AFL%20Reviews">e-mail or use our contact links. 

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3AW Sacks Four After Ratings Drop

Report by Johnson Leung for AFANA in Melbourne

Melbourne radio station 3AW has axed four members of its sports team after suffering a plunge in the latest ratings survey of AFL radio coverage.  3AW Executive Producer of Sport Ralph Horowitz and journalist Craig Hutchison (who presented the pre-match program on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and called the Saturday night game) were given their marching orders last week, as were Trevor Marmalade and John Rothfield (aka Dr Turf), co-presenters of Saturday morning sports/variety show Glossing Over, which was also dropped. Hutchison and Marmalade are colleagues at Channel Nine Melbourne.
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Featured AFL and AFLW Matches on Radio This Week

A listing of Australian Football League matches available by radio and the internet during the season plus links to our AFANA web apps to use to listen to them. All AFL matches listed are available on and are free, no subscription required or can be listened to by following the instructions here.

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