WAFL: AFL commentating legend Dennis Cometti gets behind beleaguered West Perth at Joondalup

Dennis Cometti congratulates first-gamer Dylan Yem. Picture: J Bianchini
Dennis Cometti congratulates first-gamer Dylan Yem. Picture: J Bianchini

DENNIS Cometti showed his heart beat true for the red and the blue when he turned up at Joondalup Arena today to support the financially troubled West Perth.

The Seven broadcaster, who retired from AFL commentating alongside Bruce McAvaney at the end of the 2016 season, headed straight to Joondalup after covering the East Perth-Perth game to mingle with supporters celebrating the Falcons’ 31-point win over Peel.

The former West Perth player and coach had witnessed a good game at Leederville Oval but “was anxious to get to this one”.

“I thought I should come up here simply because I wanted to be around the people who I think feel the problem the most – the members and supporters,” he told Community News. “And it’s just good to be amongst them in such a difficult time.”

Cometti said West Perth’s victory over Peel pointed to the spirit at the club.

“People talk about spirit all the time,” the former No. 1 ticket holder said.

“But I think West Perth has it in spades. And I’m counting on that to get us through what is a difficult situation but certainly not an irrevocable situation.”

Coach Bill Monaghan told his players the win over Peel, which included 14 Fremantle Dockers, was a “great credit to yourselves”. He also congratulated first-gamer 20-year-old Dylan Yem.

Bill Monaghan addresses his players at quarter-time.

Earlier Monaghan told supporters at a pre-game function that the players had been fantastic through a tough couple of weeks at the club.

The Falcons announced this week that they were in debt to the tune of nearly $800,000 and had gone into voluntary administration.

West Perth, second on the WAFL ladder, is away to South Fremantle next Saturday.