The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion re­leased as footy shows bat­tle it out

- DAVID RIC­CIO

QUEENS­LAN­DER Yvonne Samp­son is the face of a newlook Mon­day night Footy Show that will air next month, as Chan­nel 9 goes head to head with Fox Sports’ Matthew Johns.

With Bris­bane and North Queens­land near the top of the lad­der and an all-Queens­land grand fi­nal a pos­si­bil­ity, the Nine Net­work plans to meet the de­mand from fans for more rugby league con­tent.

Samp­son will host Footy Clas­si­fied NRL Fi­nals, an hour­long show aimed at analysing each team’s fi­nals per­for­mances, start­ing to­mor­row week at 9.30pm.

Join­ing Samp­son on the panel will be league Im­mor­tal An­drew ‘‘Joey’’ Johns, for­mer Raiders, Roost­ers and Storm star Brett Finch and another Queens­lan­der in in­jured Ma­roons and Storm full­back Billy Slater.

Ex­pe­ri­enced com­men­ta­tor and for­mer NSW Ori­gin coach Phil ‘‘Gus’’ Gould will also be con­duct­ing one-on-one in­ter­views with the prom­i­nent fig­ures in­volved in the fi­nals.

Footy Clas­si­fied NRL Fi­nals will air ev­ery Mon­day for four weeks un­til the grand fi­nal on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4, and will be tele­vised in ad­di­tion to Nine’s Footy Shows on Thurs­day night and Sun­day.

With Fox Sports’ Mon­day Night with Matty Johns – which also fea­tures for­mer NRL for­wards Gor­den Tal­lis, Nathan Hind­marsh and Bryan Flet- cher – to also con­tinue through­out the fi­nals, Mon­day night will pro­vide fans with a va­ri­ety of league en­ter­tain­ment and anal­y­sis.

Nine’s head of sport, Steve Crawley, said the pro­gram would have a “heavy footy fo­cus’’ while claim­ing Samp­son, who has hosted Nine’s Sun­day af­ter­noon league this sea­son, a tele­vi­sion nat­u­ral.

“Yvonne is a star,’’ Crawley said.

“They (other panel mem­bers) all re­spond well to her, they like work­ing with her and she doesn’t pre­tend to know what she doesn’t know.

“We don’t care if you’re male or fe­male, we don’t want peo­ple pre­tend­ing to know what they don’t.

“We’ve got the ex­perts – the peo­ple who know more than any­one – al­ready sit­ting on the panel.

“This show is about draw­ing on that ex­per­tise to break down and an­a­lyse the per­for­mances of the play­ers and their clubs over the fi­nals.”

 ??  ?? TV HOST: Yvonne Samp­son.
TV HOST: Yvonne Samp­son.

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