Games across 2023 Great Southern Football League season to be live-streamed for the first time in history

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Albany's Brett Peake and Railways' Ethan Knee in action in last year’s grand final.
Camera IconAlbany's Brett Peake and Railways' Ethan Knee in action in last year’s grand final. Credit: Laurie Benson

For the first time in history, Great Southern Football League games will be be live-streamed for the entire home-and-away season plus every final in 2023.

GSFL operations manager Ian Beeck announced the visionary initiative after working closely with sports performance technology leader Dartfish.

The inaugural live-streamed game will be the Anzac Day blockbuster between Railways and North Albany on Tuesday, April 25 — a fixture that has become the highlight of the opening round in recent years.

GSFL operations manager Ian Beeck.
Camera IconGSFL operations manager Ian Beeck. Credit: Laurie Benson

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One league game from each round will be streamed along with the qualifying final, elimination final and preliminary final.

On grand final day all four grades — 16s, colts, reserves and league — will be broadcast.

People will be able to tune in and watch the games via the internet with no subscription fees.

The games chosen for the live-stream will be a mix between the six GSFL clubs, including games played at Sounness Park in Mt Barker and McLean Park in Denmark.

Rainbow Coast Insurance Brokers and Point Insurance will sponsor the streamed match of the round.

Beeck said the announcement was a huge boost for the exposure of the competition.

“This allows, for example, on a rainy day, patrons watching the game from their car, or on the grandstand, to seek shelter and warmth and watch the live-streamed game in the club, allowing for even greater coverage,” he said.

“Or else, watch another GSFL game being livestreamed in the clubrooms, whilst watching your team play live.

“There is also the incredible opportunity for lifelong spectators to follow their GSFL team, no matter where they are living, or even holidaying for a few weeks.

“It really is an untapped potential, the future of football has arrived and the GSFL is launching into the 21st century.”

People can access footage via link: https://www.dartfish.tv/ChannelHome?CR=p146522 or YouTube Filming Footy: https://www.youtube.com/@FilmingFooty.

For those interested in sponsoring the live-streamed games or wanting to try their hand at commentating the live games, contact Beeck on 0439 447 041 or at gm@gsflwa.com.au.

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