Calls for new Perth stadium to pay homage to commentating legend Dennis Cometti

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Calling time on his career behind the microphone: Dennis Cometti. Photo: Simon Schluter Could Dennis Cometti be honoured at the new Perth Stadium when it’s complete? Photo: James Mooney
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The new Perth Stadium is now more than 50 per cent complete. Photo: Perth Stadium

WA Labor wants the doyen of Australian Rules football commentators – Dennis Cometti – to be honoured at the new Perth stadium.

Cometti, who will retire after the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans AFL Grand Final on Saturday, has entertained football fans for three decades with his hilarious puns and quirky commentary.

Labor leader Mark McGowan says the broadcasting legend deserved to have his name etched at the new Perth stadium at Burswood.

Mr McGowan said the $2 billion facility could pay homage to Cometti with either a media centre named after him; the entrance to the stadium or even a statue for the 67-year-old.

“Dennis’ career as a broadcaster has been centimetre perfect,” Mr McGowan said copying one of Cometti’s great one-liners.

“His contribution to sports, broadcasting and the media should be properly acknowledged and etched into our state’s history.

“Dennis is an asset to Western Australia, we can all be proud of his outstanding contribution as a world class commentator.

“It has been a remarkable career and I wish him all the very best for his final call tomorrow.”

Before fronting the microphone, Cometti was a handy footballer having played 60 games for his beloved West Perth in the late 60s.

He also coached West Perth for three years in the early 80s with little success.

Cometti was also a respected cricket caller for the ABC for 13 years and was the youngest person in the broadcaster’s history to call a Test Match at the age of 23, back in 1973.

The Channel 7 commentator also has a connection to the Western Bulldogs after he was recruited by the club in 1971, but failed to play a senior game.

And as a reminder of Cometti’s legend, here are some of the much loved commentator’s best one-liners from his long career.

1. “It’s like finding fault with Miss Venezuela.”

Cometti had high praise for Crows midfielder Rory Sloane.

2. “There’s a Blair in there.” 

When Collingwood’s Jarryd Blair got caught in the middle of a pack.

3. “That’s on YouTube, like it or not Paul Bower.”

The Carlton defender had an embarrassing distracted moment when he should have been on the mark against Travis Cloke.  The moment is, indeed, on Youtube.

4. “Barlow to Bateman. The Hawks are attacking alphabetically …”

Quick thinking from Cometti while calling a play between Hawthorn’s Kris Barlow and Chance Bateman.

5. “Centimetre perfect.”

A Cometti favourite; many have tried to replicate the famous phrase, but none do it with Cometti’s flair.

6. “Ling’s running off the ground a little bit gingerly.”

Former Geelong star Cameron Ling’s got red hair and the jokes never get old.

7. “He entered the pack optimistically and emerged misty optically.”

A famous word-play said to be inspired by the Bulldogs’ Tony Liberatore.

8. “Scotty Cummings alone in the square, jumping up and down and waving his arms like they’re playing My Sharona.”

How is that for imagery?

9. “So what was the explanation, and why wasn’t it a mark? NFI.”

Cometti is down with the lingo, and he really has no … idea why Collingwood’s Nick Maxwell was not paid a mark that time against Essendon.

10. “Rocca, like my wife driving, needs a fair bit of lane.”

On former Collingwood and Sydney star Anthony Rocca and his need for some room. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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