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SCHEDULE | Historic Darwin double header kick-starts epic month of footy on Seven

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Footy fans will enjoy a feast of blockbuster action on Seven over the next five rounds, starting with this weekend’s historic double-header at TIO Stadium that includes Saturday night’s marquee Dreamtime in Darwin match between traditional rivals Essendon and Richmond.

Darwin fittingly becomes the centre of the AFL universe on Friday night as Sir Doug Nicholls Round gets underway on Seven with a clash between two of the competition’s most exciting emerging teams, Gold Coast and Carlton, at TIO Stadium.

The following night the spotlight again shines on the Northern Territory capital as it hosts one of the competition’s most iconic fixtures, the annual Essendon-Richmond Dreamtime game. With the Bombers desperate to keep their finals dreams alive and the Tigers eyeing a top-four launchpad for their premiership defence, the stakes are huge for both teams.

But first everyone’s favourite footy show, The Front Bar, will get Round 13 started in style on Thursday night, when Carlton/Adelaide great Eddie Betts and one of the game’s true legends Kevin Sheedy join Andy, Mick and Sam at 8.30pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7plus.

And the round’s LIVE and FREE action will finish with a bang when top-four contenders Brisbane Lions and St Kilda do battle at the Gabba on Sunday.

But this is just the start of a phenomenal five rounds of footy on Seven, which will take fans up to the final round of the home and away season, the ‘floating’ round 18 fixture.

Over the condensed Round 14-17 schedule, Seven will show four matches a weekend across its traditional Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday timeslots, with every match set to have a bearing on the finals race.

And on Thursday nights during this stretch viewers are in for a post-game treat, with The Front Bar to follow the football at the special time of 9.30pm AEST, allowing fans to unwind after the final siren and have a laugh at the lighter side of the game with Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher.

The Northern Territory will again play a starring role in Round 14 when Alice Springs’ TIO Traeger Park hosts this year’s Heart of the Nation game between Melbourne and St Kilda under lights next Saturday (August 29).

Round 14 is chock-full of crunch games, with footy fans also set to enjoy:

  • Richmond v West Coast Eagles, Thursday night
  • Western Bulldogs v Geelong, Friday night
  • Carlton v Collingwood, Sunday

And the following three rounds promise to be just as action-packed, with the LIVE and FREE blockbusters including:

  • GWS Giants v Carlton, Round 15, Thursday night
  • Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, Round 15, Friday night
  • Geelong v Essendon, Round 16, Sunday
  • St Kilda v West Coast, Round 17, Thursday night
  • Geelong v Richmond, Round 17, Friday night
  • GWS Giants v Melbourne, Round 17, Saturday night

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin commented:

“With the 13th-placed Gold Coast Suns only a game and a half outside the top eight, the battle for finals spots will be on for young and old over the next five rounds. Virtually every match on Seven will have ramifications for the finals race and fans will see history made when the Northern Territory hosts a trio of blockbusters in little over a week, starting with this weekend’s prime-time double-header in Darwin and finishing with the Heart of the Nation game in Alice Springs next Saturday night. In keeping with season 2020, it promises to be a wild and unpredictable ride.”

As always, viewers in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will be able to watch every game involving their local AFL teams on Seven.

And post-match on Friday nights, Adam Cooney and Cam Luke will settle in on the Armchair Experts sofa, offering viewers their unique take on the big match.

AFL fans can also keep across all the action on the @7AFL social pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TV Broadcast times on Seven:

AFL – Season 2020

ROUND 13

Thursday August 20

The Front Bar

Sydney            11.00pm on Channel 7

Melbourne     8.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         11.00pm on Channel 7

Adelaide         8.30pm on Channel 7

Perth               8.30pm on Channel 7

Friday August 21

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton, TIO Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Armchair Experts

Sydney            11.00pm on 7mate

Melbourne     11.00pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         11.00pm on 7mate

Adelaide         10.30pm on Channel 7

Perth               11.00pm on 7mate

Saturday August 22

Port Adelaide v Hawthorn, Adelaide Oval

Adelaide         4.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Dreamtime in Darwin

Essendon v Richmond, TIO Stadium

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Fremantle v Sydney Swans, Optus Stadium

Sydney            8.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Perth               6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Sunday August 23

Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval

Adelaide         12.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda, Gabba

Melbourne     3.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         3.00pm LIVE on 7mate

West Coast Eagles v GWS Giants, Optus Stadium

Sydney            6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Perth               7.00pm on 7mate

ROUND 14

Thursday August 27

Richmond v West Coast Eagles, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 6.40pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

The Front Bar

Sydney            9.30pm on 7mate

Melbourne     9.30pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         9.30pm on 7mate

Adelaide         9.00pm on Channel 7

Perth               8.30pm on Channel 7

Friday August 28

Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Armchair Experts

Sydney            11.00pm on 7mate

Melbourne     11.00pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         11.00pm on 7mate

Adelaide         10.30pm on Channel 7

Perth               11.00pm on 7mate

Saturday August 29

Port Adelaide v Sydney Swans, Adelaide Oval

Sydney            1.30pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         3.30pm on Channel 7

Fremantle v GWS Giants, Optus Stadium

Sydney            4.30pm LIVE on 7mate

Perth               2.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Heart of the Nation

Melbourne v St Kilda, TIO Traeger Park

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Sunday August 30

Carlton v Collingwood, Gabba

Melbourne     3.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane          3.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         2.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium

Brisbane         6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

ROUND 15

Tuesday September 1

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows, Adelaide Oval

Adelaide         5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

West Coast Eagles v Essendon, Metricon Stadium       

Perth                              6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Wednesday September 2

Richmond v Fremantle, Metricon Stadium

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Thursday September 3            

Sydney Swans v Melbourne, Cazaly’s Stadium

Sydney            4.30pm LIVE on 7mate

GWS Giants v Carlton, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 6.40pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

The Front Bar

Sydney            9.30pm on 7mate

Melbourne     9.30pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         9.30pm on 7mate

Adelaide         9.00pm on Channel 7

Perth               8.30pm on Channel 7

Friday September 4

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, Gabba

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Armchair Experts

Sydney            11.00pm on 7mate

Melbourne     11.00pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         11.00pm on 7mate

Adelaide         10.30pm on Channel 7

Perth               11.00pm on 7mate

ROUND 16

Saturday September 5

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Sunday September 6

Geelong Cats v Essendon, Gabba

Melbourne     3.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles, Metricon Stadium

Perth               4.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Monday September 7

Melbourne v Fremantle, Cazaly’s Stadium

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Tuesday September 8

Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants, Adelaide Oval

Sydney            5.30pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Carlton v Sydney Swans, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            8.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Wednesday September 9

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns, Gabba

Brisbane          7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

ROUND 17

Thursday September 10

St Kilda v West Coast Eagles, Gabba                                                                                                                         

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 6.40pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

The Front Bar

Sydney            9.30pm on 7mate

Melbourne     9.30pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         9.30pm on 7mate

Adelaide         9.00pm on Channel 7

Perth               8.30pm on Channel 7

Friday September 11

Geelong Cats v Richmond, Metricon Stadium

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide         6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth               5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Armchair Experts

Sydney            11.00pm on 7mate

Melbourne     11.00pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         11.00pm on 7mate

Adelaide         10.30pm on Channel 7

Perth               11.00pm on 7mate

Saturday September 12

North Melbourne v Fremantle, Metricon Stadium

Perth                              2.00pm on Channel 7

Port Adelaide v Essendon, Adelaide Oval

Adelaide         4.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

GWS Giants v Melbourne, Gabba

Sydney            7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne     7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Sunday September 13

Carlton v Adelaide Crows, Metricon Stadium

Adelaide         12.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval

Melbourne     3.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions, Cazaly’s Stadium

Sydney            6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Brisbane         6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Monday September 14

Collingwood v Gold Coast Suns, Gabba

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

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