Basil Zempilas is an acclaimed TV host, reporter and commentator, having covered AFL in Perth for almost 18 years as well as calling at five Olympic Games – including, most famously, Steven Bradbury’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Winter Olympics victory.
Basil says viewers can expect a colourful call when he's commentating this year.
"I like to have fun, I don't mind getting excited and I enjoy telling stories, where better to be then than smack bang in the middle of an AFL broadcast. It's the ultimate canvas for a sports broadcaster, I can't wait."
"It's going to be quite a thrill sitting between the Captain (Tom Harley) and the Coach (Mick Malthouse). I just need to find a footy moniker for Hame. Maybe the Chairman? He’s got a bit of the Jeff Kennett's about him.
"It's unbelievably exciting to be part of it and I'll be able to tell my kids
I was taken in the same draft as Mick Malthouse. Roll on round one."
Like many Basil expects the new boys at GWS to be a huge story all year in the AFL.
"I think they'll really struggle and inevitably the AFL will come under fire for diluting the competition. 'Too many one sided games' will be the cry and then as the headlines scream 'They wouldn't beat Williamstown' – no disrespect to Williamstown – GWS will surprise everyone and win their first game, probably against the Eagles.
"And Kevin Sheedy will storm out of the coaches' box and start waving his jacket, and a whole new AFL tradition will begin."
Basil believes the revival of the tall forward will continue.
"I'm expecting the first 100-goal season from a forward since Buddy in 2008 and probably the first time two players kick over a 100 goals in a season since Lockett and Dunstall in 1996. Long kick, big mark, goal. It’s the new black."
He says history tells him the team which just won the flag won't win the next one: "Sure Brisbane hurt me twice 10 years ago, but this theory works a lot more than it doesn't. So sorry Cats, it's won't be Geelong in 2012. I don't think it will be Collingwood either, like the Cats they’ll still be strong but maybe just off the pace a little. That’s all Hawthorn will need to right the wrongs of 2011. The Hawks for me in 2012."
Zempilas is the Seven News Perth sports presenter and provides AFL commentary on 1116 SEN into Melbourne as well as co-hosting the "Lisa, Baz & Sam" breakfast show on Perth's 92.9FM. He has also worked on the Australian Open, multiple Commonwealth Games and two AFL International Rules series against Ireland. Basil played league football for West Perth in the WAFL between 1990 - 1994.
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