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Anzac Day blockbuster headlines epic week of footy on Seven as THE FRONT BAR returns to Thurday timeslot

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One of the biggest occasions on the AFL fixture will take centre stage on the Seven Network this Sunday, when competition powerhouses Collingwood and Essendon clash in the annual Anzac Day match as part of an action-packed week of live and free footy.

Seven Football – Brian Taylor (image – Seven)

One of the biggest occasions on the AFL fixture will take centre stage on the Seven Network this Sunday, when competition powerhouses Collingwood and Essendon clash in the annual  Anzac Day match as part of an action-packed week of live and free footy. 

Since their inaugural Anzac Day match in 1995, the Magpies and Bombers have taken their longstanding rivalry to new heights with an epic series of matches on one of the most  significant days on our national calendar. 

This year, the stakes are higher than ever as both teams desperately strive to get their 2021 campaigns back on track after disappointing 1-4 starts to the season. Seven’s broadcast begins at 2.00pm AEST Sunday on Channel 7 and 7mate, and includes the traditional pre game Anzac observance ceremony. 

The AFL’s #1 commentary team will again lead Seven’s round six coverage this weekend, featuring Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Abbey Holmes, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson and Jude Bolton.  

Two of the most significant figures in Anzac Day match history, Collingwood’s coach in the inaugural game, Leigh Matthews, and former Bombers captain Jobe Watson, who played 11 times on the big occasion, will be part of Seven’s on-air line-up this Sunday.  

Fans will also be taken behind the scenes at Collingwood and Essendon in the lead-up to Sunday as both clubs reflect on the honour of playing on Anzac Day, while current Pies and Dons stars relive some of the great moments of past matches in Commentary Recall. 

Seven will also share the remarkable stories of some of the VFL/AFL players who served in the Armed Forces, including former Geelong wingman Wayne Closter who served in Vietnam in between playing 191 games from 1964 to 1975. 

The Front Bar (image – Seven)

The live and free week of footy gets off to a light-hearted start when The Front Bar returns to Thursday night for the first time in 2021. St Kilda great Stewart Loewe is set to join Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher at the bar on Channel 7 and 7plus at 8.30pm in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and 11.10pm in Sydney and Brisbane.  

The on-field action kicks off on Friday when the GWS Giants and Western Bulldogs square off at Manuka Oval, in a match-up that has fast become one of the game’s most explosive rivalries. The live and free coverage begins at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate. 

On Saturday night, Seven hosts another annual blockbuster as the undefeated Demons meet reigning premier Richmond at the MCG in the Anzac Day Eve fixture. On a night when former skipper Nathan Jones will become just the second Melbourne player to reach 300 games, and the competition’s biggest superstar, Dustin Martin, plays his 250th match, fans can tune in from 6.30pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate.

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

“There are few more spine-tingling moments than when Collingwood and Essendon players run out together for the Anzac Day match. The game has become one of the AFL’s greatest occasions, on a day when Australians, young and old, pause to give thanks to the men and women who have served – and continue to serve – our country so bravely.

“In a massive round six on Seven, fans will also enjoy the latest instalment in the ever-growing Giants-Bulldogs rivalry and a potential finals preview between two of 2021’s genuine flag contenders, Melbourne and Richmond. You won’t want to miss a second of the action, live and free on Your Home of Footy.”

After Friday night’s Giants-Bulldogs grudge match, Adam Cooney and Cam Luke will settle in on the Armchair Experts sofa to give their unique take on all the fallout from the big match on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus.

On Monday night, premiership teammates and footy mavericks Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas will give fans an unfiltered view of the game’s biggest stories on the brand-new Heater and Daisy Show on 7plus.

In the SANFL, South Adelaide and Sturt square off on Saturday at Flinders University Stadium in a round four clash live from 3.00pm ACST on Channel 7 in Adelaide and 7plus.

In round four of the WAFL, Perth meets cross-town rival East Perth at Mineral Resources Park on Sunday. Seven’s coverage begins at 4.00pm AWST on 7mate in Perth and 7plus.

The Front Bar returns to Thursday on 7 and 7plus 8.30pm in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, 11.10pm in Sydney and Brisbane

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