NRL on Nine

Just curious, does anyone know when Mat Thompson joined Nine’s NRL coverage? I can only think as far back as 2015.

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I doubt it would have been much earlier than that.

Voss left Nine in 2012, and there was no overlap between him and Thompson that I can recall. They also had Ray Hadley calling some games as well as Ray Warren. I think there were only the two of them calling games for a while.

I also recall Tim Gilbert calling a game or two, not sure when that was though. But like Sterlo, he wasn’t very good at it.

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Thompson started calling Queensland cup in 2013 and I believe his first nrl match was 2015 Warriors vs Broncos.

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I reckon this might be his voice here:

Courtesy: NRLFootyHighlights

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That’s him yes.

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SOO 3 promo

Blues version

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NRL ON NINE: ROUND 19

Despite the absence of key Origin players this week, NRL on Nine provides three absorbing contests featuring teams bunched just outside the top eight, live and free on Channel 9HD and 9Now.

In Thursday Night Footy, Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are out to break a losing streak against the resurgent Rabbitohs, who are gunning for six wins in a row under the coaching of Ben Hornby. The stakes are raised as Bennett prepares to lead the Bunnies in 2025, promising an unmissable showdown.

NRL on Nine will be live from the Dolphins’ home ground with host James Bracey, joined by Paul Gallen, Allana Ferguson, Mat Thompson, Phil Gould and Andrew Johns, along with Danika Mason and Brad Fittler providing sideline updates.

On Friday Night Footy, the top four-placed Sharks need to get back in the swim after three narrow defeats, against a Tigers team that poses a danger despite being out of finals contention. After conceding 138 points in their last three away fixtures, the Tigers face the challenge of containing Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo, who has scored 33 tries in 31 games at their home ground, PointsBet Stadium, the venue for this clash.

Then on Sunday Footy, Tom “Turbo” Trbojevic regains his fullback spot for the Sea Eagles against the Knights, who are separated by one point on the competition ladder. This is a rivalry etched in rugby league history: the legendary 1997 Grand Final that gave the Knights their first premiership by downing the Sea Eagles.

On Sunday, Wide World of Sports, followed by The Sunday Footy Show at 11.00am, will have all the analysis and latest highlights for NRL Round 19.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 11

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY – DOLPHINS V RABBITOHS

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Friday, July 12
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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTY – SHARKS V TIGERS

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Sunday, July 14

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS – From 10.00am.

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THE SUNDAY FOOTY SHOW – From 11.00am. Join Danika Mason, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Cameron Smith as they dive into all things rugby league and hear from NRL stars.

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HOSTPLUS QLD CUP – From 2.10pm. Brisbane Tigers v Northern Pride, available on the 9Now pop-up channel live and free.

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SUNDAY ARVO FOOTY – SEA EAGLES V KNIGHTS

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Monday, July 15

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100% Footy – 10.00pm on Channel 9HD in Sydney and Brisbane.

The always outspoken Phil Gould and Paul Gallen debate the biggest issues in the game with host James Bracey.

NRL ROUND 19 ON THE 9NETWORK
FROM THURSDAY, JULY 11, AT 7.30PM
LIVE AND FREE ON 9NOW AND CHANNEL 9HD

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For those wondering what the song played just before the start of the second half on the coverage tonight was, it’s this:

Off-topic, I like the concept of this music video.

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2024 STATE OF ORIGIN THE DECIDER

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, FROM 7.00PM AEST
EXCLUSIVE, LIVE AND FREE ON CHANNEL 9HD AND 9NOW
SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTATOR: CAMERON MUNSTER

The 2024 Ampol State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues erupts in a heart-pounding decider, exclusive, live and free on Channel 9HD and 9Now, on Wednesday, July 17, from 7.00pm AEST.

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the hallowed home of Origin, will transform into a battleground where the Origin shield hangs in the balance amidst a thunderous crowd of passionate Queensland supporters.

The Maroons, reeling from a first-half annihilation in Origin II, will dig in for their lives to deny a series victory to the Blues and prolong their curse at “The Cauldron” that dates back to 2005 – the last time New South Wales won a series decider in Brisbane.

With team changes including the sizzling Kayln Ponga, recalled Origin veteran Dane Gagai, and the return of Selwyn Cobbo, the Maroons are chasing three series wins in a row under coach Billy Slater.

Michael “Madge” Maguire’s Blues, who were set alight by Mitchell Moses in Origin II, have also made changes, with workhorse forward Mitchell Barnett and blockbusting centre Bradman Best coming into a side brimming with confidence.

Wide World of Sports’ coverage of The Decider will be led by James Bracey and supported by a stellar lineup of rugby league legends, including Andrew Johns, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Phil Gould, Darren Lockyer, Paul “Fatty” Vautin and Paul Gallen.

Plus, injured Queensland playmaker Cameron Munster will make another special guest commentary appearance.

In the commentary box, Mat Thompson will join New South Wales and Queensland greats Andrew Johns and Cameron Smith, while Brad Fittler, Danika Mason and Darren Lockyer provide sideline reports. Emma Lawrence and Allana Ferguson will deliver breaking news and updates in the build-up to kick-off, rounding out Nine’s exclusive coverage.

From in-depth pre-game analysis to the final whistle, viewers can expect comprehensive coverage, top commentary and exclusive insights into the strategies shaping this historic encounter.

Wide World of Sports will take fans inside the coaching box for in-game comments from Slater, for added intensity and excitement.

9Now will stream State of Origin III live and free with comprehensive coverage that includes four additional streams to choose from:

  • Player Cam NSW : Get up close to the action with halfback Mitchell Moses.
  • Player Cam QLD : Read the game from fullback Reece Walsh’s perspective.
  • Spidercam : An eagle-eye view for a detailed look at the action.

Fans can also catch up on all the highlights with a 20-minute breakdown on 9Now mini-match.

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS DIGITAL: AVAILABLE ON 9NOW

QUEENSLANDER
The Sunshine State’s favourite sons, Wally “The King” Lewis and Darren Lockyer, give their Maroon-coloured preview of how the Queenslanders are shaping up for Origin III. Hosted by 9News Queensland’s Adam Jackson.

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The premier online destination for all things State of Origin, offering:

  • Live blog : Featuring video highlights and expert analysis.
  • Comprehensive Match Centre : Includes scores, stats and video highlights.
  • The Mole’s Player Ratings : No-holds-barred assessments of player performances.
  • Match reports : Capturing all the key moments in the game.

BROADCAST TIMES
STATE OF ORIGIN III – QUEENSLAND v NEW SOUTH WALES
Wednesday, July 17
Exclusive, Live and Free from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Sydney 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
Melbourne 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
Adelaide 6.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, 7.00pm on Channel 9HD and 9Now
Perth 5.00pm LIVE on 9GemHD, 5.30pm on Channel 9HD and 9Now

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Oh, dear god, it goes for 22 minutes.

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Ray Warren has become the first NSW based media identity to be included in the Suncorp Stadium Hall of Fame.

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1H.

Supposedly the Suncorp Stadium clock is broken…

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Back on now, but its wrong.

Fixed, finally

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Surely this has been going longer then 11 minutes?

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Watching the State of Origin through various camera angles so you don’t need to put up with any ads, and promos of shows and also the Channel 9 commentary team. Unfortunately I noticed that the timer didnt display the time lapsed.

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9 still playing commercials in a split screen when play resumed mid game. Is this a new thing?

The split screen isn’t but I think they feel asleep on that one.

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It’s a problem for Nine when there are no tries or goals for an extended period.

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But they would know that when forking out the big $$$$ for it. I’m sure it will be ads ad naseum after the presentations.

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