Published on September 27th, 2023
Game On: Your Guide to the Weekend Footy Extravaganza with Magpies, Lions, Titans, Knights, Panthers, and Broncos”
“The last weekend in September is a sports fan’s dream in Australia, featuring top-tier men’s Australian rules football and men’s and women’s rugby league action.
The excitement kicks off on Friday with the iconic parade through the streets of Melbourne, showcasing the teams competing in the 2023 AFL Grand Final, thrilling fans along the way.
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On Saturday, the AFL Grand Final takes center stage, followed by the NRLW and NRL showdowns on Sunday, coinciding with the introduction of daylight savings.
Discover how to catch all the grand final action across two thrilling days and two premier codes:
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How To Watch The AFL Grand Final
The 2023 AFL Grand Final is set to be a thrilling clash between Collingwood and Brisbane, scheduled to kick off at 2:30 pm AEST (Australia Eastern Standard Time), which is 10:00 am IST (Indian Standard Time) on Saturday, September 30th, at Melbourne’s iconic MCG.
Exclusive Broadcast Rights:
This year, exclusive broadcasting rights for the AFL Grand Final belong to Channel Seven and SevenPlus. Unlike earlier in the season when all AFL games were available for streaming on platforms like Kayo and Fox Footy, the grand final can only be viewed through Seven.
Seven’s coverage promises to be comprehensive, starting with the official pre-game entertainment featuring the legendary rock band KISS at noon AEST (7:30 a.m. IST). The grand final coverage itself will begin at 2 pm AEST (10:30 am IST).
For those who can’t make it to the game or prefer to follow online, Guardian Australia will be providing in-depth pre-game news, build-up coverage, and live, goal-by-goal updates from the MCG through a dedicated live blog.
Live Viewing Sites:
If you weren’t able to secure grand final tickets this year but still want to be part of the excitement, there are live viewing sites available in both Melbourne and Brisbane.
In Melbourne, Collingwood is hosting a big screen viewing event at the AIA Centre in Olympic Park. The AFLW match between Collingwood and Essendon, originally scheduled at the AIA Centre at 11:05 am AEST (7:35 am IST), has been moved to Punt Road Oval.
This change allows fans to enjoy the women’s game and then seamlessly transition to the live site for the grand final.
Additionally, the grand final will be screened at prominent locations such as Federation Square and Yarra Park, which is right next to the MCG, as part of the AFL’s Footy Festival.
In Brisbane, the Lions have organized a family-friendly event at South Bank. Here, you can watch the grand final on a large screen, creating a vibrant atmosphere for fans of all ages to come together and enjoy the game.
The timing in IST remains the same as mentioned earlier, which is 10:00 a.m. IST.
How To Watch NRLW Gand Final
In the NRLW Grand Final showdown between the Gold Coast Titans and the Newcastle Knights, the action begins at 3:55 pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Sunday, October 1st, at Accor Stadium in Sydney.
For viewers in India (IST – Indian Standard Time), the game will commence at 11:25 a.m. IST.
The NRLW Grand Final will be broadcast in Australia on Nine and 9Now, and for those who prefer streaming, it will be available on the paid streaming service Kayo. New Zealand viewers can catch the action on Sky NZ.
The women’s decider is part of an exciting double-header with the men’s NRL Grand Final, which takes place later on the same Sunday.
Additionally, you can stay updated with minute-by-minute coverage of the game through Guardian Australia’s live blog.
Newcastle Viewing Event:
In Newcastle, you can enjoy the game at the NEX Wests City exhibition center as part of a grand final day event.
Attendance is free, but keep in mind that there are limited spots available, and registration is required.
Titans’ Viewing Option:
For fans of the Gold Coast Titans who are unable to make it to Sydney for the decider, consider heading to The Club at Parkwood Village.
Although it’s not confirmed whether the game will be shown on a big screen as part of a special event or on existing screens within the club, it’s a great spot to catch the action.
NRL Grand Final Details:
The NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and the Brisbane Broncos is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Sunday, October 1st, at Accor Stadium in Sydney.
For viewers in India (IST – Indian Standard Time), the game will commence at 3:00 pm IST.
How To Watch NRL Gand Final
Following the conclusion of the NRLW Grand Final, the NRL Grand Final will be widely accessible to viewers.
You can catch the action on multiple platforms including Nine, 9Now, Kayo, and Sky NZ. Notably, the 9Now coverage will offer a unique perspective with dedicated player cameras tracking the performances of key players, Reece Walsh from the Broncos and Jerome Luai from the Panthers, throughout the game.
For comprehensive coverage and live updates from the match in Sydney, turn to The Guardian’s live blog.
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In Brisbane, the men’s grand final spectacle will be showcased on big screens at two prominent locations: the Broncos Leagues Club and Treasury Casino. For viewers in India (IST – Indian Standard Time), the game will be available at 3:00 pm IST.
For Penrith locals and fans, the options are equally enticing. The local council is hosting a free live site at The Mondo, providing a fantastic communal setting to enjoy the game.
Alternatively, the Panthers Leagues Club is offering a ticketed event, with the added benefit that children can enter for free, making it a family-friendly option. For viewers in India (IST), the game will commence at 3:00 pm IST.
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