Dennis Cometti added to WA football hall of fame
By Jevan Collins
Legendary AFL commentator and WA local Dennis Cometti has been added to the WA football hall of fame.
Cometti has been added for his extraordinary work in the media as well as with West Perth, Cometti played for West Perth 40 games for the falcons and in 1968 kicked 63 goals under coach Polly Farmer, in 1971 he made the senior playing list at Footscray but due to injuries and media commitments, He then returned to play Sunday league for Wanneroo and then Maddington as captain-coach and leading the Bulls to three straight flags from 1974 to 1976.
Cometti was appointed head coach of West Perth in 1982 until 1984, But it was his media career he was well known for media career which he started in 1968 with 6PR, and in his final year at 6PR he called his first state game as WA played Victoria, before moving to the ABC in 1972 and was contracted specifically to broadcast sport, he broadcasted his first test match at the age of 23 the youngest in ABC history in 1973 and broadcasted cricket for the next 13 years.
Before jumping ship to the Seven Network in 1986 for the formation of the West Coast Eagles and commentated the VFL/ AFL with 7 until 2001 in that time at seven he commentated on NBL basketball for the Perth Wildcats and called 3 Olympics in 1992, 96, and Sydney in 2000. Cometti then spent 5 years at channel 9 from 2002- 2006 before returning to channel 7 from 2007 before retiring in 2016 and calling his last game for 7 being the Western Bulldogs premiership.
Cometti returned to WA after 2016 and now calls games for 92.9 Triple M as well as the WAFL for channel 7, He is such a WA media legend that he has the media Centre at Optus Stadium named after him.