Saturday, February 5th at 8.30pm on ABC1
Australian Rules football gets prime time coverage for the first time on ABC1 when the Indigenous Allstars tackle the Richmond Tigers live* from Darwin.
This unique cultural and sporting event pitches the nation’s best Indigenous Australian rules footballers up against AFL team, the Richmond Tigers, under lights at Darwin’s Marara Oval.
ABC TV’s coverage will include commentary by ABC Grandstand’s Charlie King and Gerard Whateley, with special analysis from former Indigenous AFL stars Michael Long and Michael McLean.
The Indigenous Allstars will be captained by Sydney Swans co-captain Adam Goodes, while his former team-mate, Michael O’Loughlin, will coach the Indigenous side. The Allstars team will include the prodigious Indigenous talent of high-profile AFL players Cyril Rioli, Buddy Franklin and Liam Jarrah.
The half-time break will include a special report on the involvement of AFL players and coaches in health and education programs and the positive effects sport is having on remote Indigenous communities.
The Indigenous Allstars vs Richmond Tigers game compliments ABC TV’s coverage of the Tiwi Island Grand Final played in March each year and provides another opportunity for a national audience to see the best Indigenous sporting talent.
Prior to ABC TV’s historic broadcast of the Allstars match against Richmond, ABC1 will screen the feature length documentary – Three Boys Dreaming – on Tuesday, February 1st at 8.30pm. Three Boys Dreaming follows three Indigenous boys chasing their dream of becoming a professional AFL footballer.