The Easter long weekend has traditionally been one to settle in on the couch and watch a feast of footy, racing and sport from all over the world.
While it’s a little different this year, there’s still a heap of quality sporting content on the box this weekend to make sure that much-needed fix is still there.
So get comfy on the couch, stock up on your hot-cross buns and Easter eggs and enjoy our best picks for the Easter long weekend in Nedflix and Chill.
FRIDAY APRIL 10
The FOX FOOTY 50/50
FOX Footy – All Weekend
The Easter long weekend presents a perfect opportunity for FOX Footy to replay the classic games and they are doing just that as the channel presents the 50 best games of all time as voted by the viewers.
Given that the 1994 Preliminary Final between North Melbourne v Geelong finished at number 50, I question the merits of the democratic process.
Having said that, I will be spending a lot of this weekend tuned to FOX Footy watching these classic games and much like listening to the Hottest 100 I will declare that “It shoulda been higher” no matter the position.
Seven’s Footy Vault
7Mate VIC/SA/WA & 7Plus 7:30 pm
There’s never been a better time for the Seven Network to make the most of its extensive AFL archive and they are doing just that with their “Seven’s Footy Vault” series.
Seven is making sure they keep every single traditional Aussie Rules State happy with their programming as well.
Viewers in Melbourne are in for an absolute treat as Seven replays the Round 16 2001 clash between Essendon and North Melbourne, Port fans will be pleased to watch the Round 21 2007 thriller against the Cats and in Perth, the close encounter in Round 8 2013 between the West Coast Eagles and the Kangaroos is on offer.
The Melbourne offering is the pick of the bunch for mine.
Many regard the Essendon-North Round 16 2001 clash which saw the Bombers come back from a League record of 69 points down against a Wayne Carey and Corey McKernan-less North Melbourne as one of the greatest games ever played, and having watched the replay a few times before, it’s hard to argue against.
This is a must-watch for anyone who considers themself a student of the game.
The Greatest: NRL Grand Finals
Channel 9 NSW/QLD & 9Now 7:30 pm
Any excuse will do to sit back and watch some of the great Grand Finals for Rugby League fans and the current climate is better than any.
Sure, Channel 9 is showing highlights and not just games in full but it’s fun to listen to the old-timers reminisce about their day of glory, even if you’ve heard it 1000 times before.
SATURDAY APRIL 11
Horse Racing: Randwick & Caulfield
Channel 7 11:30am – 5pm
You’re not only watching live sport but you’re doing your bit as an Australian by staying at home, having a punt on the Neds app and watching the Races on the TV.
It’s easily one of the best days on the Autumn Racing calendar with four Group 1’s including the Sydney Cup, Australian Oaks and of course the Queen Elizabeth.
Along with that there’s the Easter Classic as part of Neds Caulfield Race day.
What else would you be doing or watching this Saturday afternoon?
STREAM: Sunderland Till I Die Season 2
While everyone seems to be watching Tiger King at the moment, it’s worth getting around the second series of Sunderland ‘Till I Die if you haven’t yet already.
The second series follows Sunderland’s fortunes from the start of the 2018-19 season which finds the club in new ownership, relegated to the third division of English Football and finding a way to get the fans and city believing again.
Sometimes a fly-on-the-wall sports documentary can be a little too sanitised and hit and miss – this series isn’t and is a fascinating insight into how professional sport is/was run and is a must-watch for mine.
SUNDAY APRIL 12
GOLF: The Masters Final Round 1996
FOX Sports 503 2 pm
I haven’t seen this in full before but when I stopped watching Greg Norman was at a six-stroke lead and looks on track to claim what will be one of the great Australian sporting triumphs of all time.
I’ve IQed this replay and don’t want any spoilers.
What could possibly go wrong?
FOX League Classics Live: Manly v Newcastle 1997 ARL Grand Final
FOX League 3 pm
Newcastle Knights fans are in for a treat and Manly not so much as FOX League recalls the epic 1997 ARL Grand Final between the Knights and Sea Eagles.
1997 was a sad year for Rugby League with the ARL and Super League competitions running against each other, however, the Grand Final of the ARL competition was the stuff of fairy tale when the Knights came back from 8-16 at half-time to win.
It was a tough old year for the people of Newcastle with BHP the towns biggest employer shutting up shop, but the Knights premiership was something to savour and has been remembered as one of the greatest.
The FOX League modern adaptation of the game is something to look forward to.
I get the feeling they won’t be doing the 1997 Super League Grand Final between the Broncos and Sharks any time soon though…
MONDAY APRIL 13
Masterchef Australia 2020 – Back to Win
Channel 10 7:30 pm
New series. New judges. Old contestants.
Masterchef is back for another year with an all-star format and fans of the show are very much excited for what this series has on offer.
“But it’s not a sport!” you say?
In the current climate, Masterchef is going to be as good as it gets in terms of something competitive in prime-time free-to-air television and is less of a trainwreck than what viewers were subjected to on Married At First Sight.
I’m very much looking forward to the return of Poh from the original series who is the $3.50 favourite in our market.
I always thought she was robbed by Julie Goodwin and much preferred her recipes on that show she had on the ABC.
Either way, it’s set to be a cracking first week especially with Gordan Ramsay on board.