Football code-hopping rugby star Karmichael Hunt’s highly anticipated Australian rules football debut will now be seen live across Australia with the ABC announcing it will stream the Coburg v Gold Coast VFL match over the internet at www.abc.net.au/tv on Saturday, June 12th from 1pm.
The TV broadcast of the game from Melbourne’s Craigieburn Oval will only be screened in Victoria on ABC1. However, football fans of all persuasions can watch the game live by logging onto www.abc.net.au/tv
The game will also be available on the ABC’s online catch up TV service, iView (www.abc.net.au/iview) from Monday, June 14th for 14 days.
The Gold Coast’s marquee player should attract a significant crowd to Craigieburn – eager to see how he performs under match pressure.
ABC TV Grandstand VFL commentators for the game will be Peter Donegan, Ross Booth, David Rhys-Jones and Phil Cleary. Phil Cleary will interview Karmichael Hunt after the game.
ABC TV Grandstand presenter, Peter Donegan, says Australian football and rugby league fans alike will be fascinated to see how Karmichael Hunt plays.
“It might be a long way from a European Rugby Union Cup Final in Paris, to a VFL home and away game at Craigieburn on Melbourne’s outskirts, but for Karmichael Hunt it signals the beginning of a brand new challenge,” says Peter Donegan.
“In recent years, VFL appearances by Nathan Buckley and Ben Cousins have attracted widespread interest, but this match presents a whole new raft of questions.
“Can Karmichael actually kick, mark or handball? Can he run the kilometres needed to play Australian Rules footy?
“To be honest, not even he knows the answer to those questions yet. It won’t be all answered of course when Coburg takes on the Gold Coast….but it will be the very first piece of what is an intriguing puzzle. And in light of Israel Folau’s recent decision, footy fans of all persuasions will be watching.”
Gold Coast spokesman Greg Price welcomed the ABC’s decision to stream the match live to footy fans across Australia. “Karmichael has a lot of hard work to do to get him right for AFL next year and Saturday is one step in that journey,” he said.