As the race towards the legendary AFL Grand Final heats up, Kiwi sports fans will be able to watch the lead-up on free-to air television on Stratos Television and Triangle Television.
Under a special arrangement with Sky Television, the Australian Football League, and Australian Network both Triangle Television and Stratos Television will be screening an AFL match a week, culminating with the highlight of the season, the ’2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final’, in prime time.
Stratos CEO, Jim Blackman, says even though it’s late in the season, he is delighted that the parties have come together to build the presence of the sport and make it more accessible to its growing fan base.
“There is an assumption that Aussie Rules is restricted to Victoria, but that’s not the case. There are professional leagues right across Australia and there’s growing interest in New Zealand, with some 18 clubs participating nationally.”
The impetus to screen Aussie Rules on Stratos and Triangle came from local fans and supporters who were keen to watch as much football as possible each weekend, and to see the game on free-to-air television
The Stratos and Triangle Television networks have already been screening “The Local Footy Show” - a round- up of state-wide Victorian matches for most of this season, and the addition of the premier matches is seen as a natural addition to the line-up.
With the exception of the Grand Final, the matches screened on Triangle and Stratos will be different to those screened on Sky Sport 3., giving fans the opportunity to see more matches in the critical lead up.
Matches will screen on Sunday night at 7:00 pm on Stratos and 8:30 pm on Triangle Television from September 3rd. Details of the games that are selected will be available on both the Triangle Television website (www.tritv.co.nz) and the Stratos website ( www.stratostv.co.nz) from Monday prior to broadcast each week.