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2017 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America

Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between Adelaide and Richmond LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 29th / 30th. US coverage on FSP will begin at 12:23 AM EDT Saturday. Set your DVR accordingly by adding extra time before and after so you don't miss any of the medal ceremony or extra time if it occurs! Coverage will continue until approximately 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the medal ceremony. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided on Fox. Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin with the pre-game at 11:30 PM Friday and the coverage at 12:23 AM EDT Saturday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$22) and you can sign up at this link. Use discount code "AFANA" to save 10%. WatchAFL coverage will begin at 12:23 AM EDT however, they will have earlier pre- and post-match coverage relayed on the Fox Footy feed. Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (Note:  the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)

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2016 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America

Fans should carefully note the start and end times of Grand Final coverage in the USA and Canada. We have been advised by Fox Sports that due to music rights guarantees requested by the host broadcaster Seven Network, many broadcasters including Fox Soccer Plus will be unable to show anything except the Grand Final game itself. This will mean coverage will be limited to a window between 12:24 AM and approximately 3:30 AM EDT in the US. Coverage will end shortly after the match ends. Fox has indicated they expect to be able to air the medal ceremony.  Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between Sydney and Western Bulldogs LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 30th / October 1st.  US coverage on FSP will begin at 12:24 AM EDT Saturday. Set your DVR accordingly by adding extra time before and after so you don't miss any of the medal ceremony or extra time if it occurs! Coverage will continue until approximately 3:30 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the medal ceremony. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided. Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin at 10:30 PM EDT Friday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$22) and you can sign up at this link. WatchAFL coverage will begin at 11:30 PM EDT. Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (Note:  the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)

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Hawks Create History with Third Consecutive Premiership

Janet Linn reporting for AFANA from Australia

Captain Hodge and defender Josh Gibson share the love with the fans after defeating West Coast eagles in the AFL Grand Final. Photo by Kim Densham for AFANA.While it was the hottest Grand Final in history with the mercury hitting 31.3 degrees Celsius (88.3 Fahrenheit), the much anticipated “close contest” between Hawthorn and the West Coast did not bring the heat many anticipated and - in the case of West Coast supporters - hoped for. In the end, this Grand Final was not a replay of “David and Goliath”. The Hawks entered the match favorites and they won nearly everything - the coin toss, all the important game statistics, the Premiership Cup, the Norm Smith Medal and the full-blown respect of the Australian football public. The Hawks' players were never challenged in a master class performance of Aussie Rules football. Alastair Clarkson and his coaching staff cemented a well-earned place in history as the Hawks won the “three-peat”, back to back Premierships in 2013 (defeating Fremantle), 2014 (dominating over Sydney) and now in 2015. No doubt West Coast fans are wondering what happened and how their break out season ended so lamely.
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Urgent Announcement: TV Schedule Change for Grand Final - Action Needed!

Today, Fox Soccer Plus dropped coverage of the pre-game for the Grand Final.

Coverage now starts at 12:30 AM US EDT, just before the first bounce. We were surprised by this change and so far, we have no explanation from Fox regarding the change but we have requested an explanation.

Regardless of the reasons given, this is very disappointing. We strongly urge all fans to contact Fox and the AFL and let them know we want the full coverage restored.

Contact Fox and the AFL via any means you can. Web, Facebook, Twitter, Phone, Fax, whatever you can use. Time is of the essence with the match only 72 hours away.

Here are a few links to get you started. If you find others, reply to us at aussiefb [at) afana [ dot } com and let us know.

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Hawk Warriors Too Tough Too Good

Janet Linn reporting for AFANA from Australia

For just under 100,000 fans packed into the MCG and millions of TV viewers in Australia and around the world, the anticipation and tension in the lead-up to the 2014 Grand Final was mouth-watering. Experts had the Swans as outright favorites for the Premiership Cup, bolstered with an unchanged team and by expensive recruits and big men Kurt Tippett and Lance “Buddy” Franklin. Teamed up with athletic giants Adam Goodes and Ben Reid, the Sydney forward line loomed large and many thought unstoppable. The added drama of a Grand Final clash between ex-Hawk Buddy and his old teammates - with whom he won a Premiership only 12 months ago - laid the ingredients on the table for an outstanding contest. Most predicted a win by the Swans and only a few could mount an argument for the Hawks by the very smallest of margins, such was the perceived might of the Swans after their demolition of North Melbourne in the Preliminary Final.
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Hawthorn Hawks 2014 Premiers

Congratulations to the Hawthorn Hawks!

Winners of the 2014 AFL Grand Final


Sydney    2.3  5.3  8.5  11.8   74
Hawthorn  5.5 11.9 16.11 21.11 137

Norm Smith Medallist: Luke Hodge
Attendance: 99,454

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2014 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America

(Update: 9/23/14: Success! Coverage now begins at 11:00 PM in the US and Canada!) Note: We have been advised by the AFL that due to music rights guarantees and payment requested by Seven Network many international broadcasters including Fox Soccer Plus and TSN2 will be unable to show anything except the Grand Final game itself. This will mean coverage will be limited to 12:30 AM to 4:00 AM EDT in the US and Canada. See the petition here.

(Updated 9/21/14 to add changed WatchAFL start time. Updated 9/23/14 to change FSP  and TSN2 start times.) Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between Sydney and Hawthorn LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 26th / 27th.  US coverage on FSP will begin at 11:00 PM EDT Friday. Coverage will continue until 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the awards ceremony. First bounce is about 12:31 AM EDT. Canadian coverage on TSN2 will also begin at 11:00 PM EDT Saturday and run to 4:00 AM. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required) and you can sign up at this link. WatchAFL coverage will begin at 11:00 PM. Fans should check our TV Schedule page for details on the coverage and our TV Info page for more information on FSP and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. We will have a timeline of Grand Final Day events posted here. (Note:  the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Update 9/30/14: a repeat on Fox Sports 2 has been added at 10/1/14 5 PM EDT.)

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Grand Final Day Events and Timeline 2014

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. (Revised 9/25/14)

Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
7:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 AM 9:00 PM AFL Game Day from the MCG (Ch. Seven Australia) Not available in US or Canada. None
10:00 AM 8:00 PM 3AW radio pregame begins. NAB Academy All-Stars match (Australia Under 17s v Allies Under 18s) at the MCG (streamed online).
At half-time of curtain raiser, TAC Cup presentation.
None
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Hawks Reigning Champions

by Janet Linn reporting for AFANA from Australia

Grand Finals come but once a season and the week that precedes them is a bonanza for supporters and commentators alike all around Australia. With the Fremantle Dockers making their first Grand Final appearance in their 19 year history, Western Australia - and particularly the City of Fremantle - was in a state of magnificent anticipation. The streets of "Freo" were lined with purple and thousands of Dockers’ fans made the trek across the Nullabor Desert for the game. There were not enough seats on planes so coaches, buses and cars full of purple clad supporters headed east. It was reported that some supporters even took flights via Adelaide and then hired cars to drive to the Melbourne Cricket Ground while some stalwarts were said to have flown to Melbourne via Asia. Such was the euphoria on the Dockers’ side that many pundits were even tipping a Fremantle Premiership. The Hawthorn club went about its business somewhat quietly during the week, allowing the swirl of excitement and sea of purple surrounding the Dockers to dominate the media but not their team psyche, as they prepared to avenge the disappointment of their 2012 defeat.

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