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I T HAS been another hectic off-season in the AFL with a new team swooping on the big names and bold promises being made . . . and that’s just on the telly.
Two weeks after reigning champ, Channel 9’s The
Footy Show, hit the ground running comes the return of Ten’s always competitive Be
fore the Game and the rookies at Seven’s The Bounce.
And though none of the shows considers it is competing, already there are signs of an unseemly tug-of-war on Ten’s website, where BTG talks up the 2010 season alongside a team photo of Mick Molloy, Anthony ‘‘ Lehmo’’ Lehmann, Dave Hughes, Samantha Lane and . . . Strauchanie? That’s right. Strauchanie, the alterego of Peter Helliar, new host of The Bounce.
Lehmo wasn’t sure how that happened but is fairly sure Strauchanie won’t be making a comeback to Ten.
‘‘ We’ve got a new Carlton recruit by the name of Brawnie who looks a lot like Dave Hughes,’’ he jokes ... yes, it’s just a joke.
Mind you, a few new ideas for the show were tossed around in pre-planning before it was decided that the triedand-true segments on BTG would remain.
‘‘ Why fix something that ain’t broke . . . why would you want to get rid of Tool of the Week?’’ Lehmo says.
As for Strauchanie, the spiky-haired Magpie misfit — despite rumours he has played his last game — has been tossed a lifeline by his creator.
‘‘ Strauchanie went to Arizona with Collingwood (for the pre-season work-out) and disappeared — I suspect he might have got lost in Las Vegas — but you never know, he might make a comeback later in the year,’’ Helliar says.
But then again, a lot can happen in a footy season.
Strauchanie’s comeback might depend on how other members of the new team go, especially Colin Banks, the very serious office footy tipster.
‘‘ I created him for the very
first Rove show in 1999 and I always thought we could do more with him,’’ Helliar says.
Seven’s track record of prime-time footy shows is hardly inspiring. Nine struck gold with The Footy Show, but Seven recruited duds Live and
Kicking, The Game and Four Quarters.
‘‘ They (the other shows) were all a long time ago and I had nothing to do with them,’’ Helliar says, exhibiting a sidestep of which Gary Ablett would be proud.
A passionate footy fan, the 34-year-old comedian came up with the idea of Before the
Game for Ten and left that show only because he wanted to spend the weekends with his growing family (he now has three children).
As the driving force (writer and host) behind a team desperate for success, he should be feeling the pressure, but apparently not.
‘‘ We’ve had a few practice hit-outs and now we’re looking forward to getting into it. I think we’re going to hit the ground running,’’ he says, though admitting he hadn’t factored in his Comedy Festival show, the Dreamboat Tour, which runs until the middle of next month.
‘‘ I have just realised that,’’ he says.
But he insists the early signs are all good for The
Bounce, which will be a mix of live banter with two legends of the game, Leigh Matthews and Matthew Richardson, along with some skits and taped segments. The Bounce, Channel 7 Wednesday, 7.30pm
Bring it on: the
Before the Game
crew is ready for football’s main game.
Boots ’n’ all:
Peter Helliar is confident of success.