Drew Morphett

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Andrew Kenneth "Drew" Morphett OAM (22 August 1948 – 25 August 2017) was an Australian sports broadcaster.

Life[edit]

Morphett started his career as a sport specialist trainee in Sydney in 1966 at 18 years of age.

Over a long career he worked on both ABC radio and television, most notably commentating Australian rules football (the VFL and AFL), but also tennis, cricket, basketball, golf (including a British Open), lawn bowls and six Olympic Games, mainly commentating cycling, hockey and diving. He was the host of ABC TV's weekly VFL show The Winners for ten years during the 1980s.[1][2]

He joined the Seven Network in 1988 and commentated Australian rules football matches until he was discharged by Seven after the 2000 season. He worked for ABC radio as part of their ABC Grandstand team until being made redundant in 2014. He continued to commentate football matches on radio until his death in 2017.[3] Drew was awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the 2014 Australia Day honours.[4]

On 26 August 2017, it was announced that Morphett had died the previous evening while watching AFL football on television at his Pakenham residence in outer Melbourne.[5][6]

He was married to Karen 'Kaz' Morphett.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drew Morphett profile". 
  2. ^ Gordon, Michael (29 March 1987). "ABC could face viewer uproar if it axes provocative Morphett". The Age. p. 29. 
  3. ^ "Veteran sports broadcaster Drew Morphett dies aged 69". 3AW. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Tania (28 January 2014). "Drew’s golden tongue". Pakenham Gazette. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Veteran sports broadcaster Drew Morphett dies". ABC News. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Drew Morphett, veteran sports broadcaster, dies at 69". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sports broadcaster Drew Morphett dies". Sky News. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 

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