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A boundary rider is a term used in the Australian Football League as well as other field sports to denote a commentator who works from the sidelines of the field or 'boundary'. It is a recent extension of the far earlier, Australasian use of the term "boundary rider"; i.e., one who rides round the fences of a station (hence "boundary"), checks their status, and repairs them when broken.

The role of the boundary rider is to have access to the players and coaching/medical staff on the interchange bench enabling them to provide more detailed commentary on current game plan as well as any injury concerns for the competing teams. They often also have the responsibility of interviewing players and coaching/medical staff during breaks in the games (quarter/half/three quarter time) as well as post conclusion of the match.[1]

Notable boundary riders[edit]


  1. ^ McClure, Geoff (20 February 2007). "Ready, steady ... go!". The Age (Melbourne). 

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TripleM Sydney

TripleM Sydney
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:14:38 -0700

Triple M boundary rider Belinda Mellen was on the scene. “He has just come back on the ground with a heavily taped right calf,” she said on the call. “He is still hobbling out there, doesn't look great and looks in a bit of pain, but he is at least ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:37:30 -0800

She was delivered at home by the wife of the boundary rider who happened to be working on the property at the time. Growing up on a large property in the country, Peggy was strongly influenced by her love of the natural world and the native animals.

The Age

The Age
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0700

... Luke Hodge and Luke Ball when he signed her earlier this year — her direct manager Alex Saundry was scheduled to meet Seven bosses in the coming days to discuss that network's "plans" for Pearce. Already moonlighting as a boundary rider on K Rock, ...


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:52:30 -0700

Lane was allowed to work as a boundary rider during their one-off televised women's match last year yet it is confusing as to why she's never been used as sideline eye on a men's game. You might ask: who cares what women think about football?


Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:56:15 -0700

“Neroli Meadows who's been working for ABC Grandstand for the past five years, worked as a boundary rider and I'm a bit confused why Fox Footy doesn't put her in the same kind of role, she has obviously proved herself…and I'd like them to give her a shot.

India Today

India Today
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:49:02 -0700

The Australian all-rounder tried to loft Mishra over long off only to find the boundary rider. Mishra, who was bowling the ninth over of the innings, had already removed Kings XI's core. He didn't stop there. Mishra soon cleaned up the top-order with ...

The Age

The Age
Sun, 03 Apr 2016 16:44:20 -0700

... grumpy old man); Peter Bell (two-time AFL premiership player, Radio 6PR Afternoons host); Simon White (WAtoday editor, chief puppet hater), Steve Allen (Radio 6PR producer, the The Interchange podcast); Ben Cameron (Radio 6PR AFL boundary rider); ...

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:30:00 -0700

As an expert sport commentator, Victoria was the AFL's first female boundary rider and is passionate about supporting and increasing participation in sports. In recent times, she has hosted events for the Queensland Firebirds, Surf Lifesaving ...

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