Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with SHANE DOUTHIE


IN an era where foot­ball and sport shows dom­i­nate the air­waves some­times it’s hard to get a fresh per­spec­tive in the AFL. The Front Bar does just that. In­stead of get­ting bogged down in the of­ten ir­rel­e­vant minu­tiae of a game, Andy Ma­her, Mick Mol­loy and Sam Pang take the you-knowwhat from an of­ten over­hyped pas­time.

Most footy fans would hap­pily watch a live broad­cast with­out any com­men­ta­tors at all and the post match fo­cus these days seems to be on any­thing that can be per­ceived as a po­ten­tial scan­dal – the term beat-ups comes to mind.

The Front Bar be­gan as an on­line only show on the AFL web­site, with half of each episode filmed at the All Na­tions Ho­tel in Rich­mond and al­though it has moved to the stu­dio it has kept the same at­mos­phere of sports fans en­joy­ing a quiet frothy while putting for­ward their very in­di­vid­ual views of Australia’s great game.

So if you’re more into get­ting a laugh out of the game, with a few wise per­cep­tions thrown in, then this is the footy show for you.

But Ma­her, Mol­loy and Pang make as much fun of each other as they do the play­ers and of­fi­cials in­volved in the game with­out mak­ing of­fence.

They also bring some cred­i­bil­ity with the qual­ity of the guests who pop up, mainly sport­ing but of­ten other footy trag­ics such as fel­low co­me­dian Santo Ci­lauro who ap­peared last week with for­mer Hawthorn premier­ship and multi-caoch Rod­ney Eade.

Be­ing from the Chan­nel 7 sta­ble doesn’t stop them pok­ing fun at the sta­tion’s own broad­casts, whether it’s footy or other pro­duc­tions such as the Com­mon­wealth Games.

If you have had enough of mean-spir­ited hu­mour or sen­sa­tion­al­ism then join The Front Bar and en­joy foot­ball like you’re stand­ing in the outer.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Andy Ma­her, Mick Mol­loy and Sam Pang pro­vide hi­lar­i­ously in­sight­ful views on every­thing sport.

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