Competition’s surprise packets the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons battle it out for a spot in the 2018 AFL Grand Final. This is The Roar’s guide to watching the game online and on TV.
The match is scheduled to begin at 3:20pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 22 at Optus Stadium.
After a disappointing end to their 2017 season, where they were bundled out in the semi-finals following a 67-point loss to the Giants, the Eagles are getting closer to securing their first flag since 2006.
West Coast progressed through to the preliminary finals after a hard-fought 86-70 win over Collingwood a fortnight ago.
They have prospered in 2018 on the back of an emphasis on ball control and will need to be at their best to limit Melbourne’s chances of getting into the game.
The AFL can’t really lose out of this game, with a Demons victory setting up a possible fairytale finish in next week’s grand final.
After just missing out on a finals berth last year, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin looks to have successfully rebuilt the club and they are now a real chance of claiming their first title since 1964.
They also have the strike to cause an upset with midfielder Jack Viney’s dynamic return proving pivotal to their finals success.
How to watch on TV
Fox Footy Channel 504 is the place to catch all the highlights from the preliminary finals.
You can also tune into the game in high definition on channel 258 but you will need the relevant Foxtel package.
For those Foxtel subscribers who would rather watch Seven’s coverage, you can catch the game on channels 107 and 207 for both standard and high definition viewing.
Regardless, you will obviously need a valid Foxtel TV subscription if you wish to watch Saturday afternoon’s game.
Of course, free-to-air viewers can catch all of the games from this year’s finals series on the Seven Network, although the exact channel each match will be shown on may vary depending on what region you are situated in.
If you can’t find either of this week’s preliminary finals on Channel Seven, they will likely be shown on digital back-up channels 7mate and Seven Two. These can be found on channels 73 and 72 respectively.
Channel Seven will be covering the game in both high and standard definition on channels 70 and 71 respectively.
If you are unsure about the exact times, make sure to check your local guides.
Where to watch the game online
Watching the game online is just as easy and there are several ways you can watch Saturday afternoon’s match.
The first alternative is through either of Foxtel’s live streaming applications. There are two applications you may choose from, either Foxtel Now or the Foxtel App.
You can also use the AFL’s Live Pass service to tune into the match online if you have the AFL app on Android, iOS or Windows mobile devices.
This service isn’t free, however, with a monthly pass available for around $14.99 per month while a weekly pass can be purchased at $4.99 per month.
If you are overseas and hoping to tune into the clash, you can do so through Watch AFL.
Of course, here at The Roar we will have all you need with a live blog of the game as well as highlights as we count down towards next week’s decider.
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