Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN LEAGUE TEAMS, Fox Footy, Thurs­day, 6.30pm

Q: How did you come to leave Chan­nel 9 for Fox Footy? A: It was a com­bi­na­tion of things. I had a great run with Get­away, but my real bread and but­ter is foot­ball. I thought, I could be self­ish and keep trav­el­ling, but it would be won­der­ful to spend time with my lit­tle boy [ Devlin, 12]. I loved be­ing at Nine, but to stay there would have been tread­ing water. When [ Fox Footy] heard I was up for re­newal at Nine, I got a call and it worked out beau­ti­fully. I come in here on a Thurs­day night [ for League Teams] and see the cheek­i­ness of Tony Shaw, the smile of Brad John­son and the ab­so­lute en­joy­ment David Parkin is get­ting. It’s a great job. Then on Satur­days I turn up to call a game of footy. I’m very happy. FEW have made the tran­si­tion from AFL star­dom to life out­side the boundary as well as Der­mott Br­ere­ton. The five- time Hawthorn pre­mier­ship win­ner has used his abil­i­ties to carve out an im­pres­sive me­dia ca­reer. Af­ter five years with Chan­nel 9’ s Get­away, he jumped to Fox Footy as a match caller and League Teams reg­u­lar. Q: There’s a lot of talk about pre­par­ing kids for what’s re­quired of them in­tel­lec­tu­ally to un­der­stand the game at AFL level. At the same time, we’ve seen guys of mod­er­ate in­tel­li­gence with great foot­ball decision- mak­ing in­stincts . . . A: This is some­thing I’ve never had a chance to ex­pand on be­fore. There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing ed­u­cated at school and foot­ball in­tel­li­gence. Doug Hawkins was un­e­d­u­cated. As a foot­baller, he was a uni grad­u­ate. Why he would run to cer­tain spots, he prob­a­bly couldn’t tell you. But he in­stinc­tively went to the right places. He had an in­tu­itive­ness for the game. Q: You will coach your son at Beau­maris. What kind of coach­ing style will you adopt? A: I will try to help them win, but I just want to see pro­gres­sion.

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