Zelic drops ball to kick off TV host try

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A-League: Fri­days, 7pm, SBS2.

SBS A-League re­cruit Lucy Zelic in­tends to shake the tag of be­ing the sis­ter of an Aus­tralian soc­cer leg­end when she gets be­hind the mi­cro­phone this week. Zelic (pic­tured) is the youngest sis­ter of for­mer Soc­ceroos star Ned Zelic and also of Oly­roos player Ivan Zelic, who is now an ac­tor. Ivan has changed his last name to Ford and has ap­peared on Packed to the Rafters and soapie Home and Away. But with a de­gree in jour­nal­ism and a ma­jor in sports busi­ness, the youngest Zelic has more to of­fer A-League cov­er­age than a name in­deli­bly linked to Aus­tralian soc­cer. Lucy will not only co-host, along­side David Zdrilic and Craig Fos­ter, on Fri­day night’s live A-League cov­er­age on SBS2 but she will also ap­pear on Thurs­day’s en­ter­tain­ment show.

She ex­pects some fans to be cyn­i­cal about why she was re­cruited. ‘‘It’s not like I have burst on the scene and given this job be­cause of my last name,’’ Zelic ex­plains. ‘‘The thing I am the most proud of is I didn’t want to use my last name to an ad­van­tage. I stud­ied sports busi­ness and jour­nal­ism be­cause it’s some­thing that I wanted to do and I am pas­sion­ate about the game.’’ Be­fore sign­ing with SBS, Zelic was the host of the of­fi­cial A-League pod­cast. She also com­men­tated on the women’s West­field W-League for ra­dio and ap­peared on the Balls ’n’ All FM show. In her first few weeks on the SBS2 A-League cov­er­age, Zelic will be rov­ing the side­line and con­duct­ing pre- and post-match in­ter­views be­fore grad­u­at­ing to a co­host­ing role. While it’s easy to al­lude that she loves the game be­cause of her brother’s in­volve­ment, she’s not sure if that’s re­ally the case. ‘‘For years I had won­dered if grow­ing up in this en­vi­ron­ment is what drew me to foot­ball be­cause it is some­thing that you can’t es­cape,’’ Zelic says. ‘‘But my sis­ter, for ex­am­ple, has no in­ter­est in foot­ball. When Ned was cat­a­pulted into all of his suc­cess in 1992 . . . I was only six years old so I had no idea what was go­ing on.’’ Zelic praised the ground-break­ing work of Foxtel’s for­mer A-League reporter Mel McLaugh­lin who has moved to Chan­nel 10. McLaugh­lin has earned re­spect in a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try and Zelic wants to do like­wise. ‘‘. . . some peo­ple of old can’t get used to the fact women can have an ed­u­cated opin­ion on the game,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s about es­tab­lish­ing my­self in the world of jour­nal­ism and prov­ing women can do this and you only have to look to Mel McLaugh­lin . . . she did such a great job.’’


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