Playoff time for Australian rugby and Aussie Rules Playoffs

A little late posting this one, with Game 1 of finals weekend in both the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) being played at I type this out. Luckily, if you are familiar with either code or just want to see a different type of football that has more athleticism and less padding and stoppages than the NFL, you still have plenty of chances left this weekend.

Sportsnet World has all four NRL games, with TSN2 showing the two AFL matches. TSN has put out their usual press release — to try and rope in us ex-pat Aussie’s living over here, I’m sure — as finals time is really the only time they give a shit about the AFL. They state “TSN2 will have coverage of all rounds of the playoffs, finishing with the AFL GRAND FINAL on September 29.” All good, except they list only two out of the four games this weekend. One, which screened Friday morning, and the second Saturday night. I guess those all-morning repeats of “That’s Hockey” during the summer conflict with live sporting events.

SN World needs no such thing as they consistently show multiple matches per weekend during the whole season. Keep an eye out over at Sports on Canadian TV for the weekly listings of all NRL games, and whatever AFL feeds that TSN2 miraculously decides to pull out of the sky.

NRL Week 1 Playoffs:
Fri Sep 7 @ 6am – Qualifying Final #1 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Manly Sea-Eagles
Sat Sep 8 @ 6:30am – Qualifying Final #2 – North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos
Sat Sep 8 @ 8:30am – Qualifying Final #3 – Melbourne Storm vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sun Sep 9 @ 2am – Qualifying Final #4 – Canberra Raiders vs. Cronulla Sharks

AFL Week 1 Playoffs:
Fri Sep 7 @ 5:30am – Qualifying Final #1 – Hawthorne Hawks vs. Collingwood Magpies
Sat Sep 8 @ 1am – Qualifying Final #2 – Adelaide Crows vs. Sydney Swans

—— Ticky

A New Australian Football Season Begins March 30

A new season of the Australian Football League begins on March 30. TSN2 returns as the Canadian broadcast of the league with one match from each of the 22 regular season rounds. TSN will also show additional matches from the Finals in the fall, including the Grand Final in Melbourne on September 29. Here is TSN’s press release with more information on their coverage.

Aussie Rules is back! The AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE takes centre stage on TSN2 beginning Friday, March 30 at 4:30 a.m. ET with powerhouse Hawthorn Hawks taking on Collingwood FC, last season’s AFL Grand Final runner-up (see complete broadcast schedule below). Throughout the season, TSN2 broadcasts one live AFL game each week including playoffs and the AFL Grand Final.

With the addition of expansion team GWS Giants, the 2012 AFL Premiership Season features a record 18 clubs vying for the coveted premiership title across 23 rounds of regular season play. The top eight teams advance to the four-week Finals Series, culminating with the AFL Grand Final on September 29.

New this year, TSN.ca will feature a weekly AFL highlight show on-demand that showcases all the hard-hitting action from around the league.

TSN2 currently has 22 games scheduled with more to be added in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs.

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TSN Has the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

TSN has lots of sports action from the otherside of the world this Friday night/Saturday morning with the AFL Grand Final and Rugby World Cup. Here is their press release detailing coverage.

2011 TOYOTA AFL GRAND FINAL
TSN.ca will have live streaming of the complete GRAND FINAL beginning Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT. In addition, the match will be joined live in progress at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT on TSN, immediately following the CFL ON TSN Edmonton @ B.C. game. TSN will also air an encore presentation of the GRAND FINAL on Saturday (October 1) at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT.

Featuring the Collingwood Magpies vs. the Geelong Cats – considered the best two teams all season – the highly-anticipated GRAND FINAL will be played out in front of more than 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Famed American singer Meatloaf will perform songs for fans during the special pre-show.

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011
After suffering a loss to Ireland, Australia is tied for second place with Italy in Pool C. Australia – currently ranked #3 in the world behind New Zealand and South Africa – must defeat Russia to guarantee advancing to the quarter-finals. TSN2 will have live coverage of Australia’s final round-robin match against Russia tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

On Saturday (October 1), TSN2 continues its live coverage of the RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 with France vs. Tonga at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, followed by England vs. Scotland at 3:15 a.m. ET/12:15 a.m. PT.

Australian Football Returns In One Week

Once again in 2011 TSN2 will air a weekly Australian Football League game. The Australian Football League, the highest competition of Australian Rules Football in the world, is one of the most popular sports leagues in Australia and abroad. Coverage on TSN2 will come from Australian networks Seven, Ten and Fox Sports. All games should be in HD, but it isn’t a guarantee. If you have never checked this sport out, then you should. It is one of the best sports going.

As usual, this year’s Grand Final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in September. TSN2 will broadcast a total of 25 regular season games, plus 2 games during each round of the playoffs. 23 of the regular season games are already scheduled, with the other two being wildcard picks on the last weekend of the season in August. The most historic team in Australian football, the Collingwood Magpies, will try to defend their 2010 Premiership. They have had a good start in 2011, winning the preseason NAB Cup last week.

You can see the full AFL on TSN2 schedule here.