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BRUCE McA­vaney missed out on com­men­tat­ing at the Lon­don Olympics but there is some com­pen­sa­tion— the ‘‘ Mas­ter Sports­caster’’ gets to host Chan­nel 7’s Brown­low Medal tele­cast and call the AFL Grand Fi­nal.

McA­vaney has spent the past 13 years liv­ing in Ade­laide with his wife, An­nie, and chil­dren Sam and Alexan­dra, but the 59-year-old hints a move to Mel­bourne could be on the cards.

You have cov­ered so many ma­jor sport­ing events. What is spe­cial about the Brown­low?

It’s got such a big live au­di­ence, which makes it edgier and more nerver­ack­ing. It has a big fi­nale — you’ve got that mo­ment at the end when thewin­ner is an­nounced and the in­ter­view takes place. You want to get that right.

What is your most mem­o­rable Brown­low?

The year Jim Stynes won (1991) is hard to beat. Even at the time it felt re­mark­able that a bloke from Ire­land could come out and­win. When I re­flect on it now, I re­alise what a mo­ment it was. He holds such a great place in all our hearts.

In past years, if you hosted the Brown­low you didn’t get to call the Grand Fi­nal. You must be glad that is over.

It will hit home in the next fort­night. This is the first time Den­nis Cometti and I have done a Brown­low and a Grand Fi­nal to­gether since 2001. You feel like you’re miss­ing out when you don’t call the Grand Fi­nal.

Whois your tip to win this year’s Brown­low?

I’ve got a feel­ing that the win­ner could come from a team that isn’t play­ing fi­nals — Rich­mond’s Trent Cotchin, Essendon’s JobeWat­son or the Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett.

You’ve called a few games with Mick Malt­house this year. Howdo you think he’ll go coach­ing Carl­ton?

He’ll be suc­cess­ful. He is the sort of guy who can come in and make an im­pact. He has a won­der­ful rap­port with play­ers, he is su­per-fit, and he hasn’t lost any en­thu­si­asm.

You and Den­nis Cometti are big mu­sic buffs. Do you share any favourites?

I’m a big Tom Waits and Bob Dy­lan fan. His tastes are more eclec­tic. We both like Neil Young.

You moved from Mel­bourne to Ade­laide more than a decade ago for fam­ily and life­style rea­sons. Any re­grets?

No. The rea­sons were jus­ti­fied. I know that if I was in Mel­bourne I would have my hands on a few more (TV sport) things. It’s not im­pos­si­ble to think that we won’t go back there one day. Life changes. Brown­low Medal, Chan­nel 7, Mon­day, 7.30pm

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