Despite most sport in Australia/Worldwide being called off or postponed at the moment, there’s still plenty of good sports content on the box this weekend to get your much-needed fix.
From classic replays, panel shows and even some actual live sport we’ve sifted through the TV guides to bring you our best picks.
FRIDAY APRIL 3rd
The Greatest: Rugby League Grand Finals
Channel 9 NSW/QLD 7:30 pm & 9Now
The Wide World of Sports might be very narrow right now, but Channel 9 has come to the party and will be pumping out some classics while the game is on hiatus.
This Friday night Nine’s panel of James Bracey, Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns and Phil Gould recap some of the greatest moments in League history starting with the great grand finals.
Channel Nine’s sporting archives is something to savour and if they are going to make the most of what’s on offer, now is a perfect time.
While it isn’t Friday Night Footy, it is the next best thing and there’s no doubt NRL fans will love this opportunity to get their footy fix and relive some great memories.
Seven’s Footy Vault
7 Mate VIC/SA/WA 7:30pm & Plus7
Given the fact that except for a brief period in the early-mid 2000s, Channel 7 has been broadcasting VFL/AFL, therefore, the network’s archive is filled with rivers of Footy gold.
Hosted by Matthew Richardson, the show debuted last week on 7Mate showing three classic games in three states and was received well by Footy fans – particularly the screening of the Round 15 2009 clash between St.Kilda and Geelong at Telstra Dome.
This week, Seven’s Footy Vault screens Collingwood v Hawthorn in VIC, Adelaide v North Melbourne in SA and Fremantle v Geelong in WA – the actual games being shown is yet to be confirme
FOX FOOTY RECALL: GWS v Western Bulldogs 2016 Preliminary Final
FOX FOOTY/Kayo 7pm
Last night it was the infamous Round 2 1993 drawn between Carlton and Essendon and now FOX Footy is going only less than four years back in time to recall the 2016 Preliminary Final between GWS and the Western Bulldogs.
It will be hard to top the emotion of Luke Darcy and Brian Taylor’s call on Channel 7 but these re-calls so far have been a heap of fun to watch and a unique spin on just simply showing a replay.
SATURDAY APRIL 4
Horse Racing –
Channel 7 @ midday
THIS IS ACTUAL LIVE AND HAPPENING SPORT THIS WEEKEND!
Racing soldiers on and thank goodness for that.
I couldn’t think of anything better than to spend an afternoon on the couch, watching the races and hopefully backing a winner or two.
The Greatest: Australian Open Matches
3:30PM – 5:00PM – Channel 9 @ 3:30pm
Tennis Australia has unlocked the vault and as a result, Channel 9 is now broadcasting some of the best Australian Open matches every Saturday afternoon for the next little while.
Hosted by Todd Woodbridge and Sam Groth, the pair will analyse some of the great moments throughout the history of the tournament.
One thing to take note of is any replays beyond 2019 won’t be the versions you are used to from when Channel Seven broadcast the Australian Open, rather it’ll be the international feed version, so if anything, you’re watching the Williams v Sharapova match from 2005 with a fresh perspective!
SUNDAY APRIL 5
The Sunday Footy Show
Channel 9 VIC/SA/WA & GEM NSW/QLD 11am
Nine is still going with The Sunday Footy Show and despite the fact matches aren’t being played, it’s always good for a laugh – especially when they take the p-1-55 out of host Tony “Chompers” Jones.
Given that Chompers faced off with Eddie on Wednesday night’s edition of the Channel 9 news there’s no doubt he’s going to cop it this Sunday and its worth watching for that reason alone.
AFL Shut Down Shootout – Melbourne v Fremantle – Round 7 2008
FOX FOOTY/Kayo 1 pm
Had normal programming been in place, Melbourne would have been playing Fremantle at the MCG this afternoon so FOX Footy is chucking on a classic game between the two sides.
Say the name Austin Wonaeamirri to a Dees supporter and they’ll reflect on his starring role in Round 7 2008 when the Demons came back from 50 points down to beat Fremantle.
The replay of this on Sunday arvo will no doubt will give those whose heart beats true for the Red and Blue something to savour.
NRL Classics: 1989 Winfield Cup Grand Final – Balmain v Canberra
FOX League 3 pm
There’s no doubting that Canberra Raiders fans will be relieved as FOX League opts to replay the 1989 Grand Final rather than last years encounter.
All Raiders fans probably know every single play by play moment of arguably one of the greatest Grand Finals in Rugby League history.
As a proud sponsor of the Wests Tigers, we recommend the old Balmain faithful watch something on Netflix instead.