AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) and the Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) service are thrilled to announce they have extended their partnership and broadcasting of games live from the TIO Central Australian Football League (CAFL) Community competition.
Expanding on from the first year of the venture in 2019, the TIO CAFL Central Desert Community competition coverage commences this Sunday 22 August with the Senior Men’s Division 1 and 2 Elimination and Qualifying Final games and culminating with the Under 18, Senior Men Division 1 and 2 Grand Finals on Sunday 5 September.
As ICTV are primarily focused on covering the TIO CAFL Community final series, fans are encouraged to get along to support any of the upcoming Town competition finals.
The TIO CAFL Town competition’s Junior and Senior Women’s Grand Finals on Friday 10 September and Junior, Reserves and Senior Men’s Grand Finals on Saturday 11 September will be broadcast.
Access will continue via ICTV (Channel 41) in Alice Springs and Broome, and narrowcast via channel 601 on the VAST satellite for people in remote communities with active SmartCards.
In addition, ICTV will be supplying a live feed of the coverage to the AFLNTv YouTube channel, which will take the unique stylings of Central Australian remote footy to audiences anywhere in the world that YouTube can be accessed; either live or on replay.
AFLNT will also be using social media to help narrate all 2021 TIO CAFL grand finals.
AFLNT CEO, Stuart Totham thanked ICTV for its continued coverage.
“We thank ICTV for once again taking the excitement of the TIO CAFL competition into houses where it is most revered,” he said.
“In the Central Australian region we are continuously unearthing extraordinary talent and there is no doubt this partnership and the coverage it provides will help to inspire the next generation of footy stars.
“It also allows the opportunity for people in remote communities to watch and get excited by an organised competition like the CAFL.
“We cannot underestimate the powerful impact community footy has on the communities themselves, so we thank ICTV.”
ICTV General Manager, Rita Cattoni said she was sure the coverage would prove popular.
"It’s really exciting to again be partnering with AFLNT to bring live football to our audiences who may not be able to physically attend games from remote communities around Australia,” she said.
"Live football is one of the most popular types of programming on ICTV and it’s great for communities and those not able to travel or attend games live, to see their teams play.
"We thank AFLNT once again for partnering with ICTV to cover these games, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors."
In addition to the live coverage, ICTV’s video-on-demand online platform, ICTV Play will add the games to its platform 12 hours after it first airs, while those fans who prefer to watch via TV will also be able to catch game replays on the ICTV channel.
AFLNTv TIO CAFL Week 1 Finals live broadcast games – Sunday 22 August:
Div2 EF: Areyonga vs Laramba – 12pm
Div2 QF: Mt Allan vs Titjikala – 2pm
Div1 EF: Ti Tree vs Ltyentye Apurte – 4pm
Div1 QF: Papunya vs Western Aranda – 6pm