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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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Herald Sun
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700

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The Land Newspaper
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:48:45 -0700

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Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle Dockers
Mon, 04 May 2015 22:23:27 -0700

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Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:13:49 -0700

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Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle Dockers
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:40:55 -0700

Kids can design a Christmas bauble for their chance to WIN one of three double passes as a Fremantle Dockers Boundary Rider for Saturday's game or one of three sublimated 2014 Freo Dockers guernseys. The lucky Boundary Riders will be selected by ...

Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle Dockers
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:55:41 -0700

Here's your chance for an exclusive opportunity to watch Fremantle warm up before this Saturday's Len Hall Tribute Game against Sydney at Domain Stadium. The club is offering up to 50 fans the opportunity to be 'Boundary Riders' for the game, allowing ...


Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:02:18 -0700

Looking to push on with Kent 112 without loss after 13.4 overs he was caught deep on the leg side attempting to clear the boundary-rider. He was, naturally, annoyed to have got out, but there was no anger or worry in his face as he left the middle. He ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 02:55:31 -0700

Joyce is the boundary rider here. His view isn't the government's official policy position but the Nationals view of the world has already influenced government positioning on foreign investment. The main parties are being pulled incrementally off an ...

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