AFL Coverage

The 2024 AAMI Community Series starts tomorrow (February 27) when Collingwood take on Richmond at Ikon Park. All nine matches of the pre-season series will be broadcast on radio, with coverage shared between Triple M and SEN/AFL Nation. You can check on the radio coverage in your area at the AFL website under Matches → broadcast guide.

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3AW Opening Round Coverage:

Thursday - Sydney v Melbourne
Anthony Hudson, Bruce Eva, Jimmy Bartel, Tony Shaw, Kate Reynolds
Friday - Brisbane v Carlton
Anthony Hudson, Bruce Eva, Matthew Lloyd, Jimmy Bartel, Sam McClure
Saturday (T) - Gold Coast v Richmond
Bruce Eva, Tony Leonard, Leigh Matthews, Libby Birch, Caroline Wilson
Saturday (N) - GWS v Collingwood
Matt Granland, Shane McInnes, Matthew Lloyd, Eddie Summerfield, Kate Reynolds


I assume all AW matches will be called out of the Melbourne studio.

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Sam McClure said last week he would host Wide World of Sports from the SCG on Thursday, so it’s possible that his 3AW colleagues will call the game at the ground.

Kate Reynolds, who plays for the Swans in AFLW, has been listed as boundary reporter for both Sydney matches.


Ahh, okay. I wouldn’t be surprised if the season opener, at the very least is called from the SCG, however, I know that Matthew Lloyd has a cricket final on Saturday and Sunday so I’d be surprised if he made the trip up to GIANTS Stadium for the Saturday night match.

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Plus the SFS on Sunday morning.

According to Herald Sun, Jacqui Felgate has been dropped as the host of 3AW’s Friday night pre-match coverage, due to her role as drive program host. Anthony Hudson will host the pre-match and call the match alongside Bruce Eva.

3AW’s commentary team for 2024 is
Friday night
Pre-match host: Anthony Hudson
Callers: Anthony Hudson, Bruce Eva
Special comments: Leigh Matthews, Matthew Lloyd
Journalist: Sam McClure
Boundary: Jacqui Reed

Saturday afternoon
Pre-match host: Tim Lane
Callers: Tim Lane, Tony Leonard
Special comments: Leigh Matthews, Jimmy Bartel
Journalist: Caroline Wilson
Boundary: Jacqui Reed

Saturday night
Pre-match host: Matt Granland
Callers: Matt Granland, Shane McInnes
Special comments: Tony Shaw
Journalist: Eddie Summerfield
Boundary: Libby Birch

Sunday afternoon
Pre-match host: Jimmy Bartel
Callers: Tim Lane, Matt Granland
Special comments: Matthew Richardson, Tony Shaw
Journalist: Rohan Connolly
Boundary: Abbie McKay (Sarah Burt and Kate Reynolds will also do boundary throughout the season)

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Triple M has bolstered its commentary line up for the 2024 AFL season with a cracking roll call of footy legends, commentators, and experts, and the massive announcement that Erin Phillips and Isaac Smith will join the team ahead of the first match of the season on Thursday 7 March 2024.

After more than 27 years of broadcasting the AFL, Triple M has become synonymous with footy, providing an unrivalled quality and quantity of footy content. Fans will have no shortage of expert analysis, play-by-play commentary, and laughs as every game in the 2024 AFL season is broadcast live on Triple M and LiSTNR.

As one of the most accomplished players in AFL/AFLW history, there are very few as qualified as Erin Phillips to talk fans through the ins and outs of the game. Phillips’s accolades include three premierships, two AFLW best and fairest awards, and two Grand Final best on-ground medals (and many more). Phillips’ legacy extends well beyond the on-field wins, as she has become a pioneer of the women’s game and widely heralded as the greatest female player of all time. Triple M welcomes Phillips’ undeniable talent to the commentary box in 2024.

Isaac Smith brings his well-known grin, laughter, and energy to the Triple M team. Smith’s illustrious on-field career included 280 games with the Hawthorn Football Club and the Geelong Cats, four premierships, and a Norm Smith Medal in 2022. After retiring at the end of 2023, Smith now turns his attention to commentary and The Thursday Rub, where his energy and charisma will translate into a captivating listen for footy fans*.*

Phillips and Smith join a premier line up of footy legends and commentators, including James Brayshaw, Brian Taylor, Jason Dunstall, Dale Thomas, Abbey Holmes, Mark Ricciuto, Andrew Embley, Kate McCarthy, Bernie Vince, and many more!

Triple M’s iconic catalogue of footy shows continues with The Rush Hour Drive shows, The Midweek Rub, The Friday Huddle, The Saturday Rub, The Sunday Rub, and Dead Set Legends, all returning in 2024. SCA’s footy commitment also extends to LiSTNR, with a slew of podcasts, including Footy Talk, Ben and Harry, and The Howie Games.

SCA Head of Sports Content, Ewan Giles, said: “Triple M is the home of footy. We’re pumped to be strengthening our line up with two of the game’s greats, Isaac Smith and Erin Phillips, who will undoubtedly bring plenty of energy and enthusiasm to the call.”

Triple M’s AFL coverage and dedicated sports shows are available on the Triple M Network and anytime, anywhere on LiSTNR.

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Brett Sprigg, Ben Cameron, Tadhg Kennelly and Mick Malthouse are calling tonight’s Swans-Demons clash for ABC Local Radio. Declan Byrne is boundary reporter.

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ABC leaps into the 2024 AFL season


The ABC is set to expand our coverage of the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership with expanded pregame programs ahead of our Saturday and Sunday match coverage.

ABC Radio Melbourne is delighted to announce AFL Premiership player and former coach, Danielle Laidley, will make her debut on ABC Radio Melbourne’s Saturday Mornings Sports show with Matt Preston and Catherine Murphy this Saturday 9 March at 11:00am AEDT.

Danielle Laidley is an icon of the AFL, playing 151 games for the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne Football clubs and won an AFL Premiership with the Kangaroos in 1996. At only 36, she became one of the youngest senior coaches for North Melbourne, coaching across 7 seasons from 2003 to 2009.

Quickly dusting off after his Friday night football commitments, Mick Malthouse will join Corbin Middlemas and Luke Ball at 12pm AEDT for AFL Saturday ahead of every Saturday match during the season on ABC listen and on local radio in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The ABC has Sunday’s covered with Matt Clinch, Cameron Ling and Jake Niall hosting AFL Sunday at 12pm AEDT heard across local radio in Victoria, WA, South Australia and Tasmania as well as on ABC listen.

The AFL Saturday and AFL Sunday programs will feature the latest AFL news and analysis as well as pregame discussion, special guests and talkback from our audience and will then roll into coverage of the day’s matches.

Audiences in the West will continue to get their AFL fix with Sports Talk back for another year on ABC Radio Perth and ABC listen. Clint Wheeldon will be back in the hosting seat joined by experts Sharrod Wellingham and Glen Quartermain on Saturdays at 10am AWST.

This year, our experienced commentating team includes Corbin Middlemas, Ben Cameron, Kelli Underwood, Lauren Bordin, Matt Clinch, Clint Wheeldon, Mitch Turner, Aaron Bryans, Quentin Hull and Brett Sprigg.

In addition to our commentators, the ABC has a wealth of the most respected names in the sport to provide expert insights on the games including Mick Malthouse, Brent Harvey, Cameron Ling, Marc Murphy, Adam Ramanauskas, Luke Ball, Nathan Burke, Chad Wingard, Brett Deledio, Brad Sewell, Kerryn Peterson, Josh Francou, Dean Brogan, Ebony Marinoff, Lauren Arnell, Jason Akermanis, Matthew Primus, Jeff White, Sharrod Wellingham, Shane Woewodin, Harry Taylor, Kara Antonio, Tadgh Kennelly and Jason Saddington.

ABC Head of Audio Ben Latimer said: “ABC SPORT has a huge year ahead and I’m excited to announce the new programs on Saturday and Sunday as part of our growing commitment to the AFL.

“Our roster of commentators and experts is unmatched and I’m delighted to see our incredible stable returning in 2024. The addition of Danielle in Melbourne will deliver unique insights based on her first-hand experience both playing and coaching.”

The ABC will be covering every game from round one kick off this week right through to the finals in September. Audiences can hear all the action live and ad free on ABC listen and across our local radio network which will be prioritising local games in each state. Catch up on all the action from the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership on the home of AFL, ABC SPORT.

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According to 3AW’s broadcast schedule, it will cover the round one clash between Richmond and Carlton this Thursday night. Anthony Hudson and Bruce Eva will be play-by-play commentators for both Thursday and Friday nights.

Injured Carlton forward Jack Silvagni will provide special comments for the Melbourne-Western Bulldogs clash on Sunday.

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Herald Sun’s Media Street column says Schwarz will sit in the experts’ chair for one AFL game each week.


3AW broadcast schedule this week shows that FiveAA breakfast EP Lucy Lokan will be bounday reporter for the Adelaide-Geelong clash this Friday night. The station will cover the Saturday twilight match between Hawthorn and Melbourne, with journalist Rohan Connolly on the boundary.

Seems that 3AW wants to have locally based boundary reporters for the matches it broadcasts during this AFL season.

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It seems strange they’re going from the Saturday Twilight game into the Saturday Night game. The Saturday arvo game is in Melbourne so it’s not like they’re choosing the local game over an interstate one.

I think the graphic on their website is slightly misleading - I reckon Rohan will be doing the 2pm-4pm pre-game with Tony Leonard and one of Jimmy or Shawry, with the other doing the 12pm-2pm portion with Tim Lane and Caroline Wilson.

I’d be surprised if Rohan was doing the boundary when they’ve got other options.

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Rohan Connolly is indeed doing the boundary for Hawthorn v Melbourne. It is also confirmed by a pre-recorded intro by Craig Willis on 3AW’s match broadcast.


For this week’s Gather Round, freelance journalist Lawrie Colliver will be boundary reporter for three of the four matches covered by 3AW: Port Adelaide v Essendon on Friday, Fremantle v Carlton and Western Bulldogs v Geelong on Saturday.

3AW will also broadcast Richmond v St Kilda live from Norwood Oval on Sunday afternoon.

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