Legendary commentator Dennis Cometti earns Hall of Fame honour

Chris RobinsonThe West Australian
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Dennis Cometti is the voice of a footy generation.
Camera IconDennis Cometti is the voice of a footy generation. Credit: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

Dennis Cometti’s legacy as one of footy’s iconic voices is secure after the legendary WA broadcaster entered the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Cometti was inducted on the last of four nights this week honouring the latest round of the game’s greats, which included West Coast Eagles games record-holder Dean Cox and fellow West Australian Simon Black.

South Australian famous figure John Abley was also inducted.

Cometti has been a mainstay of footy commentary for half a century, including a lengthy and iconic stint with the Seven Network that ended in 2016.

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The 71-year-old, who also received the Order of Australia last year, was named the AFL Media Association’s caller of the year 11 times.

Speaking on Fox Footy upon entering the Hall of Fame, Cometti reflected on his broadcast beginnings as a radio DJ before turning his attention to footy, where he became famous for clever lines and dulcet tones.

“I think the playful side of (commentary) came from being a disk jockey, actually,” he said.

“They’re supposed to be a little bit zany. I wasn’t that zany, but it’s part of the deal.

“Football has a temper. It goes certain ways all the time.

“There are places to drop things in, and I liked to do that if I could, and if I wasn’t overtly searching for something and it just came to me.”

Cometti said the cult that grew around his commentary made him feel pressure to perform.

“I felt obliged to come up with something, when really, I didn’t start out for that to happen,” he said.

“It’s amazing when a car goes past down the street and somebody shouts out ‘centimetre perfect’... what do you say?”

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