Seven releases broadcast times for the final round of the regular AFL season

One of the tightest AFL finals races in recent memory will come to a thrilling conclusion on Seven this weekend, starting with Friday night’s crucial clash between St Kilda and the GWS Giants LIVE and FREE from the Gabba.

The Saints are bidding to return to the finals for the first time since Ross Lyon’s last season as coach in 2011, but last round’s loss to West Coast saw them slip to seventh on the ladder and needing a win on Friday night to be sure of a top-eight finish.

With the 10th-placed Giants’ finals hopes still alive too, the scene is set for a titanic battle at the Gabba, with Seven’s coverage starting at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate.

And that’s just the start of an epic ‘long weekend’ on Seven where fans will enjoy four crunch games in four days – all of which will have significant ramifications on the premiership race. 

On Saturday night, the Brisbane Lions have the chance to – at least temporarily – knock Port Adelaide off top spot, but they’ll first have to get over the line against David Teague’s unpredictable but dangerous Carlton side.

The following day at Metricon Stadium, Geelong will be hell-bent on booking its place in the top four, but to do so the Cats need to beat a rapidly emerging Sydney Swans team that has the talent and form to cause a shock upset.

Then in a Monday night blockbuster the Power will be out to secure their first minor premiership since 2004 when they take on Collingwood at the Gabba. But the stakes are also high for the Magpies – finally nearing full strength ahead of the finals – with sixth spot and a ‘home’ elimination final likely to be on the line.

But, first, The Front Bar will get Round 18 off to a more light-hearted start on Thursday at 8.30pm AEST, when West Coast great and former Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna joins Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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

“It’s hard to remember a more compelling and unpredictable season than 2020, so it’s fitting the finals race will go down to the wire. In Round 18, top spot is on the line, top-four spots are up for grabs and at the bottom of the eight we’ve got four teams trying to squeeze into the final two positions. It makes for a thrilling finish to the home and away rounds, and fans can catch all the season-defining action LIVE and FREE on Seven.”

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 night, 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:

AFL – Season 2020

ROUND 18

Thursday September 17

North Melbourne v West Coast, Metricon Stadium

Perth              5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

The Front Bar

Sydney           10.45pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Melbourne      8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Brisbane         10.45pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Adelaide        8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Perth              8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Friday September 18

St Kilda v GWS Giants, 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 and 7plus

Melbourne      11.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Brisbane         11.00pm on 7mate and 7plus

Adelaide        10.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Perth              11.00pm on 7mate and 7plus

Saturday September 19

Adelaide Crows v Richmond, Adelaide Oval

Adelaide        4.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane Lions v Carlton, Gabba

Sydney           7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne      7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7 

Adelaide        7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth              5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Sunday September 20

Hawthorn v Gold Coast Suns, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane                     1.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats, Metricon Stadium

Sydney           3.00pm on 7mate

Melbourne      3.00pm on Channel 7

Brisbane         3.30pm on 7mate

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Cazaly’s Stadium

Perth              4.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Monday September 21

Collingwood v Port Adelaide, Gabba

Sydney           7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne      7.00pm LIVE Channel 7

Brisbane         7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide        6.30pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth              5.00pm LIVE on 7mate

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