AFL Coverage

ABC Radio has the same fog issue. Corbin Middlemas and Luke Ball were flying to Launceston on the first flight this morning, however after a three-hour delay, they decided to return to the Southbank studio and call the match off the tube, alongside Ben Cameron.

Dean Brogan and Chris Rowbottom are at the ground.

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Surely there are local teams that’d be a semi-decent B-team for Triple M and ABC?

There are not many experienced sports commentators who live in Tasmania.

Also, ABC’s sports department in Hobart (which Chris is a member of) is very small.

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Fair enough, slim pickings for local sports broadcasters in Tassie. And fair enough too with probably more opportunities on the mainland for local talent. Alastair Nicholson comes to mind.

This isn’t a problem in other cities as both Triple M and ABC have local AFL commentators in all 5 mainland state capitals. I’d say it’s rare for Triple M talent to travel interstate.

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Even more so given the MMM Friday Night team I don’t think have traveled outside of Melbourne save for Gather Round this year relying on locals (which they will again this Friday Night with the game in Brisbane).

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With Tasmania Devils scheduled to enter the national competition in 2028, there will be a growing need for local commentators for home matches, rather than having commentators travelling from the mainland every second week or so. I think 2025 or 2026 will be a great time to start nurturing local callers.

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Tasmania has probably suffered in terms of nurturing callers from having a state league which has gone downhill a bit in the last 10-20 years.

That said, it’s a popular sport to hate SEN around this forum but I have to give them credit for nurturing some talent in Tasmania. They often do breakaway local calls on their Tassie stations of AFL matches played in Tasmania. Whether they call any local matches (like SEN does in other places) I can’t recall, and can’t check on their today/tomorrow guide.

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I remember when 6PR or 5AA would do games from York Park with the local sides, KG or Stephen Rowe for 5AA would go to Hobart or Canberra once or twice a year, same thing with Smokey Dawson and Shane Healy for Eagles/Dockers matches in Hobart or Canberra, 3AW would sometimes relay those calls if it was an “A” class match. Not an issue in other cities as both Triple M and ABC have local AFL commentators in all 5 mainland state capitals. MMM normally rely on locals for games outside Melb (Chris Dittmar for games in SA, Liam Flanagan for games in QLD, Brad Seymour for NSW, and Lachy Reid for WA). Easier to do that then calling it from the studio.

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