THE Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club was given a taste of broadcasting royalty at last night’s monthly dinner, with AFL commentator Dennis Cometti appearing as the guest speaker.
Cometti spoke in front of a packed crowd at the Ballarat Lodge, with the proceeds of the night going towards the Ballarat Sports Foundation to help fund local sportspeople.
“No one would want to hear the meaning of life regarding football when it’s coming from me, but I just want to tell some stories regarding my journey over the years – both in and out of football,” Cometti said.
“I like coming to country towns that I haven’t been to before.
“Country football is my one big passion and country football leagues are the driving force behind the AFL.”
Cometti has a strong history in country football circles, both playing for and coaching West Perth in his younger days.
Among the topics Cometti shared with sportsmen’s club members were his experiences in football and in the media – dating back to his first foray into broadcasting as an 18-year-old disc jockey in the 1960s, to covering cricket in the 1970s, right through to commentating on this year’s AFL grand final.
Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club president Chris Waters was ecstatic to land Cometti as this month’s guest speaker.
“We have a long history of supporting Ballarat sport – this is our 53rd year in existence and we’re extremely lucky to hear from Dennis,” Waters said.