Hamish McLachlan is one of the rising stars of sports broadcasting. For the past four years he has hosted Seven's AFL Game Day, interviewing the AFL's elite, covering all the latest news and issues and celebrating the game alongside stars such as Nick Riewoldt, Lance Franklin and Adam Cooney.
McLachlan has also hosted Seven's coverage of the Australian Open tennis and Davis Cup and has been a presenter at Seven's Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage.
This year Hamish steps into match commentary as he and Basil Zempilas call Saturday Arvo Football.
Fans can look forward to a slightly irreverent call from Hamish. When asked what he’s looking forward to most on Saturday Arvo Football he offers this:
"Brett Kirk's weekly outfit. I am hoping he chooses a Richie Tenanbaum meets Run DMC style and changes the look and feel of boundary riding forever. He is the only guy I know that could wear an Adidas three stripe number with a head band and look like he was dressed perfectly for the occasion."
When it comes to talking AFL issues and headlines for 2012 Hamish jokes there will be two big issues. "Whether Robin Nahas has polled in any games to ensure the CEO has fun on Brownlow night. And whether the Lazy Susan will return on Brownlow night.
I see everything falling in behind these two. These will dominate."
And looking into the crystal ball for a premier Hamish says tongue in cheek:
"I think it is clear from reading public commentary that the AFL is run by a dictator and he gets whatever he wants, so on that basis the GWS will win the flag in a replay over the Suns. Karmichael Hunt will win the Norm Smith the first week, Israel Folau the second. Tom Scully will thank his father in the captain's speech and Kevin Sheedy will talk for just under an hour on why the game should be being played in Portugal after thanking Skoda for their support, much to the angst of the AFL's major sponsor. Should be a good day."
Hamish can't pick a winner for the Brownlow at this point but explains the prototype of a Brownlow winner: "Midfielders, that are blonde, bald or well-tattoed, that play 19 or more games and who are kind to the umpires and are prolific ball users."Hamish will host AFL Game Day for the fifth year and will also be heard calling football on Triple M throughout the year.