Boundary rider

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Boundary rider is a long-established (1864) Australasian term for a cattle or sheep station employee whose duties entail a regular tour (by horse, camel or motor vehicle) of the outer perimeter (boundary) of the property, checking condition of fences, collecting stock that may have escaped and ejecting strays that may have wandered onto the property, effecting any repairs that may be required, and reporting anything out of the ordinary to the owner or manager.[1] On larger properties semi-permanent shelters (boundary rider's huts) may be provided for overnight accommodation, riders generally carrying their own swags.


In modern parlance 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'.

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.[2]

Notable boundary riders


  1. ^ W. S. Ramson (1988). The Australian National Dictionary. Oxford University Press. pp. 87, 88. ISBN 0 19 554736 5.
  2. ^ McClure, Geoff (20 February 2007). "Ready, steady ... go!". The Age. Melbourne.

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