FIRST PER­SON

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - YOU CAN’T MISS - BRUCE McA­VANEY AFL GRAND FI­NAL COM­MEN­TA­TOR

“The first Grand Fi­nal I hosted was for Chan­nel 7 in 1990. That’s 23 years ago. I’ve been in­volved in 14 of them, so this will be num­ber 15. I felt pretty ner­vous be­fore (my first). You want to try and do a good job and get a bal­ance be­tween be­ing ex­cited and not be­ing too over the top. As you get more ex­pe­ri­enced, you learn to pace your­self a bit and let the mo­ment breathe. You’d love to say some­thing that’s mem­o­rable but that doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten (laughs). I’ve never per­fected it and I’m al­ways try­ing to im­prove. At the end of the day you think of all the things you wish you said, and the things you wish you hadn’t said rather than give your­self a tick. It’s not two days (of prepa­ra­tion), it’s two months. It’s an ab­so­lute thrill to be in­volved, but you take it se­ri­ously. It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult (to top last year’s Grand Fi­nal be­tween Hawthorn and Syd­ney). I can’t think of a bet­ter one. It was a fluc­tu­at­ing game that had heroes left, right and cen­tre, it was just a thriller and the slight un­der­dog got up to win. It was an in­cred­i­ble day so it’s go­ing to take some­thing to live up to that and to match it, I think. If you look back in 10 years you’ll say 2013 – that was the year of the sup­ple­ments saga, the year a team made the fi­nals but were evicted. There’s no get­ting away from that. But a great Grand Fi­nal is of­ten what’s most re­mem­bered in a sea­son and this sea­son – I think more than any other – we need that.”

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