ABC Leaps Into 2024 AFL Season

The ABC is set to expand our coverage of the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership with expanded pregame programs ahead of our Saturday and Sunday match coverage.

ABC Radio Melbourne is delighted to announce AFL Premiership player and former coach, Danielle Laidley, will make her debut on ABC Radio Melbourne’s Saturday Mornings Sports show with Matt Preston and Catherine Murphy this Saturday 9 March at 11:00am AEDT.

Danielle Laidley is an icon of the AFL, playing 151 games for the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne Football clubs and won an AFL Premiership with the Kangaroos in 1996. At only 36, she became one of the youngest senior coaches for North Melbourne, coaching across 7 seasons from 2003 to 2009.

Quickly dusting off after his Friday night football commitments, Mick Malthouse will join Corbin Middlemas and Luke Ball at 12pm AEDT for AFL Saturday ahead of every Saturday match during the season on ABC listen and on local radio in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The ABC has Sunday’s covered with Matt Clinch, Cameron Ling and Jake Niall hosting AFL Sunday at 12pm AEDT heard across local radio in Victoria, WA, South Australia and Tasmania as well as on ABC listen.

The AFL Saturday and AFL Sunday programs will feature the latest AFL news and analysis as well as pregame discussion, special guests and talkback from our audience and will then roll into coverage of the day’s matches.

Audiences in the West will continue to get their AFL fix with Sports Talk back for another year on ABC Radio Perth and ABC listen. Clint Wheeldon will be back in the hosting seat joined by experts Sharrod Wellingham and Glen Quartermain on Saturdays at 10am AWST.

This year, our experienced commentating team includes Corbin Middlemas, Ben Cameron, Kelli Underwood, Lauren Bordin, Matt Clinch, Clint Wheeldon, Mitch Turner, Aaron Bryans, Quentin Hull and Brett Sprigg.

In addition to our commentators, the ABC has a wealth of the most respected names in the sport to provide expert insights on the games including Mick Malthouse, Brent Harvey, Cameron Ling, Marc Murphy, Adam Ramanauskas, Luke Ball, Nathan Burke, Chad Wingard, Brett Deledio, Brad Sewell, Kerryn Peterson, Josh Francou, Dean Brogan, Ebony Marinoff, Lauren Arnell, Jason Akermanis, Matthew Primus, Jeff White, Sharrod Wellingham, Shane Woewodin, Harry Taylor, Kara Antonio, Tadgh Kennelly and Jason Saddington.

ABC Head of Audio Ben Latimer said: “ABC SPORT has a huge year ahead and I’m excited to announce the new programs on Saturday and Sunday as part of our growing commitment to the AFL.

“Our roster of commentators and experts is unmatched and I’m delighted to see our incredible stable returning in 2024. The addition of Danielle in Melbourne will deliver unique insights based on her first-hand experience both playing and coaching.”

The ABC will be covering every game from round one kick off this week right through to the finals in September. Audiences can hear all the action live and ad free on ABC listen and across our local radio network which will be prioritising local games in each state. Catch up on all the action from the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership on the home of AFL, ABC SPORT.

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