Dennis Cometti is one of the best-known and most respected sportscasters in Australia.
In a career with the Channel 7 Network, Dennis was Seven’s swimming commentator at the Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney Olympics Games as well as the 1998 World Swimming Championships in Perth. He has ‘called’ more Australian Olympic Gold Medals than any other Australian broadcaster in the Television era.
Dennis has a wealth of sporting experience and has broadcast football, basketball, hockey, boxing, athletics, equestrian and cricket. His passion though, is football, having coached and played at the highest level.
Dennis’s media career began in 1968, when as a footballer (one of the states leading goal kickers at the time) he was offered a disc jockey job at radio station 6KY.
With the death of his father in March 1969 and still nursing a troublesome leg injury from the previous football season he felt the need to concentrate on broadcasting. Dennis played 39 games for West Perth before hanging up his boots. He later coached West Perth for 3 seasons beginning in 1982.
Dennis left commercial radio to join the ABC in 1973 where he spent 13 years, commentating on all sports, including Test cricket alongside Alan McGilvray, Lindsey Hassett and Keith Miller.
In 1986, Dennis joined the Seven Network where he broadcast AFL matches around the country (including sixteen AFL grand finals). He also returned to broadcasting international cricket for another eight summers, as a commentator for Sydney radio station 2UE alongside Richie Benaud and Henry Blofeld.
In 1997 and 1998 he found time to act as Western Australia’s chairman of selectors for State of Origin Football.
In 2001 Dennis joined The 9 Network where he and Eddie McGuire became the voices of Friday Night Football.
When the Television rights returned to Seven in 2006 so did Dennis. His Friday night partnership with Bruce McAvaney dominated the television football ratings through until 2016.
These days Dennis appears regularly on Seven News and Today Tonight in WA. He still writes for The West Australian newspaper and in his semi-retirement broadcasts AFL football on Mix94.5 in Perth.