Sporting broadcaster Drew Morphett dies



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    Australian sports broadcaster Drew Morphett has died, aged 69.

    Morphett spent more than three decades at the ABC, becoming one of the national broadcaster’s best-known callers with his coverage of cricket, AFL and the Olympic Games.

    He joined the Seven Network in 1988 and worked at the station for 13 years calling AFL games.

    Morphett was found by his wife Karen on Friday night at their home in Pakenham, Victoria, News Corp reported.

    During four Olympic Games, Morphett became a specialist broadcaster in cycling, diving and hockey.

    His services to broadcasting were recognised in 2014 when he received an Order of Australia Medal.

    Fellow broadcaster Tim Lane said Morphett was a close friend.

    “We go back a long way. Drew was always the life of the party,” Lane told News Corp.

    © AAP 2018

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    • August 26th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      Perry Bridge said | August 26th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      It is tremendously sad that Drew Morphett has passed. He was a fine multi sport commentator – exceptionally honest and passionate – no histrionics or over the top guffawing. I was so surprised years back when I first learned he was from NSW originally as I had only known him with VFL footy and cricket.

      Sometimes the ‘experts’ in commentary can be a little ‘dry’ – Drew often came across more as a ‘fan’ of the game and his commentary was not judgemental at all.

      Time to watch some ‘The Winners’ on YouTube……

    • August 27th 2017 @ 12:55pm
      republican said | August 27th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      ……& a Saint Kilda supporter I think?
      I have so many fond memories of DM commentating, including the ABC match of the day in black and white on the old Pye tele………..

    • October 3rd 2017 @ 3:01pm
      Leonard said | October 3rd 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

      Absolutely one of the best. Made 90% of the current babblers and screechers sound like morons.

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