It’s Crunch time


SPORT Entertainment Network’s NRL fans are pumped as the 2022 NRL season kicks off tonight, which also signals the return of NRL Nation – SEN’s widely syndicated call of the big matches each weekend.

NRL Nation covers four NRL matches each round throughout the NRL season. The call can be heard across Sydney’s SEN 1170, Queensland’s SENQ, and Gold Coast 1620, various SENTrack stations, on the SEN app, and right across the country in more than 50 regional stations.

The highly anticipated season opener for 2022 sees reigning premiers the Penrith Panthers take on the free-flowing Manly Sea Eagles, with all the action beginning from 6 pm.

The SEN call team for tonight’s game includes former NRL player and Afternoons host Jimmy Smith, 2003 Grand Final hero Scott Sattler, and 1999 Clive Churchill medallist and 300 gamer Brett Kimmorley – all of whom are excited to get the first game of the 2022 NRL season underway.

More big-name NRL talent will be heard across the SEN airwaves, calling games throughout the NRL season. Once again, they will be members of SEN’s  NRL call team which includes former Canberra Raiders premiership player and international Gary Belcher, Parramatta Eels legend Tim Mannah, and Manly Sea Eagles premiership player and international, Mark ‘Spud’ Carroll.

Accompanying this line-up will be player-turned-coach, Anthony Seibold, former international Shaun Timmins, Channel 7 Sports Reporter Katie Brown, caller Mark Braybrook, and Bulldogs legend Luke ‘The General’ Patten.

Mornings host Matt White spearheads Saturday afternoon coverage while popular drive host Joel Caine leads Fridays.

Popular NRL program Crunch Time will also return to SEN 1170 – Sydney’s new home of sport – and will this year be heard right across the weekend, on Saturdays from 12-2 pm, and on Sundays from 12-3 pm.

Saturday’s Crunch Time program will be hosted again by Caine, who will break down the Thursday and Friday night NRL games and bring you the most in-depth preview of Saturday’s games to follow. Regulars on the program include Luke Patten and Paul Sironen.

Sunday Crunch Time will welcome a new host, 10 News Journalist, and SEN summer breakfast host, Jelisa Apps (pictured). Apps will do a round-up of the weekend’s NRL games as well as a preview of the following week’s scheduled matches.

Regulars on the program include Stephen O’Keefe and Trent Copeland.

Jeremy Markham, SEN Content Manager, is proud of the all-star line-up for the network’s NRL programming, proving that SEN is the ultimate NRL sports station.

‘Once again, NRL Nation will showcase the very best of the best when it comes to play by play callers and expert commentators. It’s a proven line-up that can cover all facets of the game and is unmatched in experience.’

NRL Nation can also be heard on the SEN and NRL apps.

SEN’s Monday to Friday coverage includes league greats Greg Alexander, Matty, and Andrew Johns, Bryan Fletcher, Denan Kemp, and Queensland legend Cameron Smith.



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Rob Sutton
11 Mar 2022 - 1:10 pm

All this for a rating of less than 1%?

How long can this go on


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