Commentary legend Dennis Cometti has confirmed he won't be coming out of retirement for any one-off calls following last weekend's AFL grand final.
The 72-year-old's call of Melbourne's drought-breaking premiership over the Western Bulldogs will be the final one on his glittering showreel, after a broadcasting career that spanned more than 30 years.
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Having elected to step back from television commentary duties in 2016, Cometti maintained a presence on radio in Perth, before finally deciding the time was right to step back.
Cometti opened up about his career in number of radio interviews on Monday to discuss the grand final and his final AFL call.
Speaking on Triple M‘s Basil, Xav & Jenna, Cometti said there was 'no turning back' and said it had been a difficult decision to walk away from his career.
“It‘s finished … there’s no turning back. There is emotion attached,” he said.
“After it‘s finished and you’re walking out the door, you’ll think ’well, it’s been good’, you know. If it’s a good game, all the better.”
In a neat twist of fate, Cometti revealed he had supported the Demons since he was a youngster - making their victory, which snapped a premiership drought dating back to 1964, all the more sweet.
Cometti first joined the airwaves as a top 40 DJ in Perth back in 1968, and in 1970 made his first foray into sports commentary.
— AFL (@AFL) September 25, 2021
His call of an interstate match between Victoria and WA clearly went well, as in 1971 he switched to calling games full-time.
Cricket was his game in his early years of commentary, allowing him to continue on in his other role as coach of WAFL side West Perth.
Eventually, Cometti's son Mark would join his commentary team as his father's stats man.
Though footy fans were saddened by the news of Cometti's retirement, many also praised him for a stellar call of Saturday's AFL decider.
Just listened to the great Dennis Cometti’s highlight package of his final call.
What an absolute doyen.
An incredible legacy.
— David Lithgow (@lithgowflashman) September 26, 2021
It was wonderful listening to the great Dennis Cometti make his last call last night. You’ll be missed from the airwaves mate 💁🏼♀️
Potentially his last #Comettism was a real gem:
“There’s no fightback, the Dogs have been put down.” pic.twitter.com/X8VSAlSUu6
— Aisling (Ash) Salisbury (@Ash_G_Salisbury) September 26, 2021
Dennis Cometti ends his career as he always did it, a team player handing the final call to @Lachy_Reid. I will miss the hell out of him and his wonderful, professional, classy, intelligent, centimeter-perfect commentary.
— 🏴☠️ Lee Howerin ⚓️ Vaxxed and Unmasked (@PurpleHaze_Lee) September 25, 2021
Honestly, the best part of that for me was listening to Dennis Cometti’s final call. What a legend.
— h a n n a h (@hanbritton) September 25, 2021
— Bill Robert (@BillR_SSfooty) September 25, 2021
Just gonna leave this here.
Dennis Cometti and Anthony Hudson calling Petraccas dribbler 🥰 pic.twitter.com/tlcMoLDW0k
— Bobby Clark 🔻 (@bobzclarkk) September 28, 2021
I've met him numerous times working at the stadium and Mr Cometti is a beautiful human being. Love that he narrated this and am sad that we will not hear his dulcet tones after Saturday
— Matthew #AtHomeYouMustStay Murphy (@MattM_78) September 21, 2021
Sad to hear Dennis Cometti last call will be this Saturday- GF. It’s the sort of voice you want to keep listening to “ forever “. What an innings from the greatest @AFL caller ever ..bravo DC. @TripleMPerth @triplemfooty @XaviEllis18 @BasilZempilas
— cammo77 (@wce1977) September 20, 2021
Cometti raises prospect of AFL grand final venue rotating between cities
In a second interview on Monday, this time with ABC Radio Perth, Cometti said it had been a thrill to see the AFL grand final held in his hometown.
Cometti said the state had 'stolen the show' and admitted that while he was an MCG traditionalist, the previous two seasons had demonstrated the value of holding the AFL decided away from Melbourne.
“Everything about the day was great,” he said.
“Melbourne is the Grand Final venue year by year by year by year so there’s nothing much new.
"The acts may vary but the atmosphere is always the same. It’s full but depending on which clubs are there, there may be more black and white, or more red and black.
"But I thought it was different because it was unique, we knew that going in, and it was marvellous.
“I am still a traditionalist — I think the MCG is probably the place for the Grand Final but, I said a few times over the weekend, it would be hard to waste what we’ve achieved here.
"I could see the situation, and I’m not sure the AFL would like me saying this, but maybe a Grand Final in Perth or Adelaide once in a decade or alternating once in a decade and the rest at the MCG. But I think the people in South Australia and Western Australia would like to see that.”
Though Melbourne have had to celebrate their drought-breaking win far away from their locked-down home city, the celebrations have nonetheless been wild in Perth.
Demons captain Max Gawn and his bleary-eyed charges continued the celebrations on Sunday as more than 1000 fans turned Perth's Forrest Place into a sea of red and blue.
A morning thunderstorm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the Demons faithful, who gathered early to watch a replay of Saturday's 74-point Optus Stadium triumph on the big screen and erupted at key moments like they were seeing it all for the first time.
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