An array of Australian football’s biggest names will form part of Crocmedia’s AFL Nation expert commentary team in 2017.
Crocmedia today unveiled its full list of expert commentators, including 13 of Australia’s best and most successful ex-players, coaches and opinion-makers.
Expert commentary on AFL Nation in 2017 is presented by Red Energy’s 100 percent Australian energy supply.
The “Red Energy experts” will deliver commentary on over 180 games during the home and away season to over 240 different frequencies across Australia in the widest coverage ever delivered under the AFL Nation umbrella.
Premiership coaches, dual-premiership players, Brownlow medallists and AFL Hall of Famers make up a star-studded line up in 2017:
Robert Walls (259 games, 3 x Premiership player, Premiership coach, Carlton Team of the Century)
Kane Cornes (300 games, 2004 Premiership player, 2 x All Australian)
Terry Wallace (254 games, 3 x Premiership player, 2 x B&F winner)
Billy Brownless (198 games, All Australian)
Ben Hart (311 games, 2 x Premiership player, 4 x All Australian, AFL Hall of Fame member)
Adam Cooney (250 games, 2008 Brownlow Medallist, All Australian)
Tadhg Kennelly (197 games, 2005 Premiership player)
Nick Dal Santo (322 games, 3 x All Australian)
Paul Hasleby (208 games, 4 x Ross Glendinning Medallist)
Liam Pickering (124 games, Geelong B&F winner)
Chris Johnson (264 games, 3 x Premiership Player, 2 x All Australian, Indigenous Team of the Century)
Chris Connolly (84 games, 130 games as coach)
Brent Staker (160 game player)
The AFL Nation expert commentary team will be supported by some of the best play-by-play commentators in football.
Peter Donegan and Sandy Roberts return to lead the call team, with highly-acclaimed commentator Stephen Quartermain making his long-awaited return to the commentary box to call Saturday afternoon football on AFL Nation.
Award-winning Herald Sun journalist Glenn McFarlane returns to the team, providing news and analysis on Friday night and Saturday afternoon broadcasts. Women’s Football reporter Ros Lanigan also returns to the team on Friday nights to call alongside Roberts, Brownless and Tristan Foenander.
Crocmedia head of football Julian Bayard said the AFL Nation Red Energy expert team would provide unrivalled insight into the 2017 season.
“We’ve been able to put together some of the best, and most entertaining, experts in the industry,” Bayard said.
“The 2017 AFL Nation call will be heard by more people, in more markets, than ever before. To be able to have that call delivered by some of the most-respected voices in the game is a huge thrill.
“We have some great new names and faces who bring new energy, while being partnered by Australia’s best 100 per cent Australian owned energy provider.”
The expanded footprint of AFL Nation, once again presented by McDonalds in 2017, will be fully unveiled when round one hits. Over 240 frequencies will take the AFL Nation call, including almost all of regional Australia and matches in metropolitan markets in Melbourne (SEN), Adelaide (FiveAA), Perth (6PR) and exclusive coverage into Sydney (2UE) and Brisbane (Magic 882).
“We’re excited to be able to take our call to a massive new audience, often providing multiple calls of the same game for different markets around Australia,” Bayard said.
“In addition, our huge number of regional markets mean the broadcast will be heard in more homes, sheds, pubs and cars than ever before.”