AFL news: Damien Hardwick exposed by Sam Pang on The Front Bar, Gold Coast Suns, Toby Greene, Grand Final, start time, how to watch

New Gold Coast Suns coach Damien Hardwick has had a moment to forget on Thursday night during an appearance on The Front Bar.

Hardwick was unveiled as the Suns coach in the middle of August after he shocked the AFL world by departing Richmond in the middle of the season.

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During his press conference on the day he was officially unveiled, the three-time premiership coach said he was excited to play with a “great new bunch of toys”.

On Thursday night however he was left red faced by The Front Bar host Sam Pang.

Host Sam Pang put Hardwick on the hot seat by asking the new coach to name a specific player on the list.

“You’re obviously off to the Suns, who currently is number 9 for the Gold Coast Suns?” Pang asked.

As the audience laughed Hardwick’s head dropped knowing he had been done in. After a brief pause he mustered up a response before deflecting and hitting back at Blues fan Pang.

“I can’t swear on this show can I,” he said.

“It works both ways Pang, who is number 15 for Carlton?”

Pang quickly responded with Sam Docherty before Hardwick doubled down with “who wears 22?”.

The Front Bar host quickly offered up a “pass” as the crowd broke out into laughter.

Earlier in the show it was Giants skipper Toby Greene who was in the spotlight as attention turned to former GWS player Israel Folau.

Folau played one season with the Giants in 2012 where he appeared in 13 games.

Greene’s AFL career kicked off in the same season, but it was the following year when he took over the number four guernsey from Folau.

It was on that topic where Pang pounced.

“How big of a thrill was it to inherit the number four from the great Israel Folau,” he asked.

“Was it a boyhood dream? Did he give you any advice?”

The question drew widespread laughter from his fellow hosts Mick Molloy and Andy Maher. Greene didn’t miss a beat as he delivered a brutal hit to the controversial sports star.

“Once that last pay cheque came through I don’t think he waited, we didn’t see him again,” Greene said.

“Nah he’s a good man Izzy, but I don’t think he was too keen to hand anyone the number four he was just keen to get out of there.”

When and where is the AFL Grand Final?

The 2023 AFL Grand Final will be contested at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday, September 30, 2.30pm (AEST).

Those in Western Australia will need to tune in at 12.30pm (AWST), while anyone in the Northern Territory and South Australia can watch the game from 2pm (ACST).

AFL Live Broadcast times:

NSW, ACT and Victoria 2.30pm (AEST)

NT and SA, 2pm (ACST)

WA, 12.30pm (AWST)

How can I watch the AFL Grand Final?

The AFL Grand Final will be exclusively broadcast on free-to-air television on Channel 7. Plus, for the first time, you can stream the final on 7plus across all devices. If you can’t catch it live, don’t worry; replays are available on Kayo, alongside other AFL content.

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