AFL Grand Final Week: guide

By David Knox on September 23, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 13

Seven is now in full flight on its AFL Grand Final Week between Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans. Having two interstate teams in the match will also help Seven’s ratings.

The big game is set to take place at 2:30pm AEST  Saturday at the MCG.

Here are all the details of the broadcast as supplied by Seven.

It’s a football feast on Seven as the season reaches its crescendo with the most highly anticipated AFL Grand Final in many years.

Viewers will be treated to a full day of live AFL action from 9am AEST with the Grand Final edition of AFL Game Day, with a stellar line-up including Leigh Matthews, Kevin Sheedy, Leigh Montagna and Mick Malthouse to look back on the season that was. We’ll have everything covered from the best marks and goals, to the greatest controversy, biggest hits and biggest slip-ups.

From 11am AEST, the Grand Final pre-match show has a jam-packed line-up including Chris Judd, Mick Malthouse, Nic Naitanui, Temper Trap, Rachael Finch, the Grand Final coaches and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.

During the week fans will see all the glamour and excitement of the Brownlow Medal, as well as AFL documentaries, and the much-loved Grand Final Marathon.

An enormous Grand Final production team will ensure fans see all the action from the Grand Final with over 175 crew, 50km of cabling and 56 cameras including spidercam, helicopter cam, coach cam and bench cam.

Seven’s AFL Grand Final coverage will be broadcast across 249 territories around the world including Asia-Pacific, UK, Ireland, Canada, Africa, USA, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and Latin America, as well as every country online.

All of Seven’s AFL commentators will feature on the AFL Grand Final day coverage including Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Brian Taylor, Leigh Matthews, Mick Malthouse, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Tom Harley, Cameron Ling, Tim Watson, Brett Kirk, Hamish McLachlan and Basil Zempilas.

Sunday September 23
AFL Game Day
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 10am on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 10am on 7mate
Host Hamish McLachlan leads a star-studded panel including AFL Legend Leigh Matthews to tackle all the big footy issues, review the Preliminary Finals and preview the Grand Final.

AFL Special – The Final Story – 1990 Grand Final
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 11am on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 11am on 7mate
New from AFL Media, this is a gripping and entertaining look back at the 1990 Grand Final when Collingwood famously overcame Essendon, featuring fresh interviews with the key players.

AFL Preliminary Finals
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 12pm on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 12pm on 7mate
Re-live all the action of the preliminary finals as the two best teams of 2012 booked a place in the Grand Final.

Monday September 24
2012 AFL Brownlow Medal Swisse Red Carpet
Melbourne 7.30pm on Channel 7
Adelaide 7pm on Channel 7
Perth 5.30pm on Channel 7
Sydney 7.30pm on 7mate
Brisbane 7.30pm on 7mate
Seven’s coverage of the Brownlow Medal begins with a fashion-focused Brownlow Red Carpet Special. Hamish McLachlan will be joined by former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch and Pia Miller as the stars of the AFL and their partners make their way into football’s night of nights.

2012 AFL Brownlow Medal
Melbourne 8.15pm on Channel 7
Adelaide 7.45pm on Channel 7
Perth 6.30pm on Channel 7
Sydney 8.15pm on 7mate
Brisbane 8.15pm on 7mate
Host Bruce McAvaney takes over for the official counting of votes to find the winner of the AFL’s most coveted individual honour, the Charles Brownlow Medal.

Friday September 28
AFL Unbreakable Hilux Classic Grand Finals
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth | Sydney | Brisbane 1pm on 7mate
The best Grand Finals of all time featuring teams from your home state.

AFL Unbreakable Hilux Best Grand Final of All Time
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth | Sydney | Brisbane 9.30pm on 7mate
Sit back, relax and re-live the best Grand Final of all time as voted by you.

AFL Marathon
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth Midnight on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane Midnight on 7mate
Sandy Roberts hosts an all-night marathon with highlights of the greatest Grand Finals ever played including 1964, 1966, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1984, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011.
Saturday September 29

The Final Story – 1984
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth | Sydney | Brisbane 7am on 7mate
We go down memory lane to recall all the stories behind the famous 1984 Grand Final Hawthorn v Essendon featuring interviews with all the key players including Billy Duckworth, Simon Madden, Terry Wallace and Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy.

The Final Story – 1990
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth | Sydney | Brisbane 8am on 7mate
A gripping and entertaining look back at the 1990 Grand Final Essendon v Collingwood featuring interviews with all the key players and coaches including Leigh Matthews, Kevin Sheedy, Tim Watson, Tony Shaw, Craig Kelly and more.

AFL Game Day – Grand Final day edition
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 9am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide 8.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth 7am LIVE on Channel 7
AFL Game Day comes live from the MCG in a special two-hour Grand Final edition, catching up with football superstars including Leigh Matthews, Mick Malthouse, Kevin Sheedy, Tim Watson, Leigh Montagna, and Brett Kirk. Join host Hamish McLachlan and the panel as they preview the big game. Roving reporters include Basil Zempilas, Rachael Finch, Brett Kirk and Neil Kearney.

AFL Grand Final – Pre-match
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 11am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide 10.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth 9am LIVE on Channel 7
It’s the countdown to the premiership decider, examining how the match is likely to unfold as well as soaking up the atmosphere at the ground and in the rooms. Special guests include Carlton skipper Chris Judd, West Coast superstar Nic Naitanui, Geelong sharpshooter Steven Motlop, Aussie band The Temper Trap and Formula 1 driver Mark Webber. Roving reporters include Basil Zempilas, Rachael Finch, Brett Kirk and Neil Kearney.

2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 2.30pm LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide 2pm LIVE on Channel 7
Perth 12.30pm LIVE on Channel 7
The AFL Premiership season started over six months ago with 18 teams and over 700 players all dreaming of being at the MCG on that last Saturday in September. And now that day is here. It’s the single biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar, when two clubs and 44 players battle it out for the mantle of 2012 AFL Premiers in front 100,000 screaming fans and millions more watching on TV.

AFL Grand Final 2012 Post-match
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 6pm on 7mate
Adelaide 5.30pm on Channel 7
Perth 4pm on Channel 7
As the celebrations kick off after the final siren, we bring you all of the emotion from in the rooms and discuss the big stories out of the game.

AFL Grand Final Replay
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 6.30pm on Channel 7
Adelaide 6pm on Channel 7
Perth 4.30pm on Channel 7
Re-live the entire 2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final and go through all the agony and ecstasy again.

Sunday September 30
AFL Game Day
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 10am on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 10am on 7mate
Host Hamish McLachlan leads a star-studded panel including AFL Legend Leigh Matthews, dual premiership captain Tom Harley and Herald Sun’s Jon Anderson to tackle all the big footy issues, review the Grand Final.


  1. ryano September 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm -

    Why are 7 not broadcasting in HD as well? This is 2012…
    Can’t they simulcast on 7Mate and code the program the same as 7?

    Does not compute…

  2. stilesy September 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm -

    Disappointing that Seven aren’t showing the Grand Final in HD on 7mate, but Channel Ten didn’t show the 2011 Grand Final on ONE HD either.

  3. reeves35 September 24, 2012 at 11:05 am -

    Unfortunately it looks like Channel 7 will not be broadcasting the GF in HD in Melbourne or any of the other AFL states. A quick look at the program schedule shows 7Mate with gems such as TJ Hooker and Adam12 on during the GF. I assume this means that there will be no true HD coverage of the game with 7 only providing an upscaled version to Foxtel for replay….very disappointing!!!

  4. Bushwalker September 24, 2012 at 9:44 am -

    @Travis: In glorious HD? Really? Where does it say? All the games I’ve recorded (included the preliminary final) were in SD. I scanned Seven’s memo above several times and saw no reference to HD at all.

  5. Shiraz September 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm -

    You are a 100% correct David, this is the AFL and not the VFL, therefore this grand final is between 2 interstate teams.

  6. David Knox September 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm -

    Strictly speaking with a national league there are no interstate teams, or they are all interstate. I thought it was an easy way to say teams from 2 states.

  7. Backflip September 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm -

    @Travis I was wondering about the 2 interstate teams too. Its only Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, GWS, Adelaide, Port Adelaide, West Coast and Freo that are refered to as interstate teams.

  8. loppy September 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm -

    Yes Hawthorn is from Melbourne.

  9. Travis September 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm -

    2 interstate teams?

  10. thebgl September 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm -

    Channel 7 `s coverage for the traditional Rugby Leaguestates via the 7mate channel has been excellent. We have been asking for years up here for the same levels of match coverage that viewers in the traditional Aussie Rules areas of Australia get, so I tip my hat to Seven for finally giving the fans what we want. More importantly I thank the AFL for playing hardball with Seven to ensure we are looked after up here.

    So happy for my beloved Swans to be playing in another Grand Final after a great win over Collingwood (So happy to also see the look on Nathan Buckley`s face when the Pies screwed up) . Carn the Bloods!!!

  11. Travis September 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm -

    All in glorious HD! Well done 7!

  12. blazza18 September 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm -

    Judging by what I just saw on the NRL footy show. Channel 9 is still leaving the game on Gem for all the other non league states. What a joke. Typical nine though.

  13. jimbo k September 23, 2012 at 10:53 am -

    @Bogues – i’m with you. It is really good to see the ‘non-AFL cities” (Sydney and Brisbane) getting the same coverage as the AFL States. The AFL Coverage for the whole week, and on Grand Final is great (this coming from an NRL fan from Sydney too)

    Just a quick question – is the grand final replay supposed to be on Seven at 6.30? The rest of the schedule is fine, but i think the replay is on too quickly for a replay. Maybe suited for SevenMate though.

  14. Bogues September 23, 2012 at 5:47 am -

    I don’t watch AFL (much prefer my NRL), but you have to commend Seven for making sure that Sydney and Brisbane viewers get to see the same coverage as the AFL states do.

    Nine should be taking a page from Channel Seven’s book when it comes to NRL coverage.

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