Legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame at the AFL’s season launch on Thursday night.
The announcement was made by AFL chairman Richard Goyder in front of invited guests at The Malthouse.
The 69-year-old McAvaney, who was made a life member of the AFL last year, started his journey towards becoming one of the game’s best callers in the early ’80s when he called the SANFL in South Australia.
He made his way to Channel 10 in Melbourne where he used his talent to call horse racing and athletics as well as read the news before he returned to Channel 7 to call Olympics and become the voice of the AFL.
Bruce McAvaney has been inducted to the Australian Football Hall of FameCredit:Getty
Known for his accuracy, attention to detail and ability to capture the big moments in games, McAvaney is universally popular among players, coaches, fans and his media colleagues because of his generous demeanour and accuracy.
He was the voice of Friday night football, his enthusiasm for the game undiminished regardless of the contest. He also became renowned for being able to ability to relay statistics about players and clubs throughout the broadcast. McAvaney also hosted the Brownlow Medal count from 1990.
He had his favourite players to call, normally excitement machines such as Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli, Wayne Carey, Matthew Richardson and Patrick Dangerfield. He stepped away from calling at the start of 2021 as he wound back his responsibilities.
McAvaney becomes the 11th person to enter the Australian Football Hall of Fame in the media category.
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