Local community radio station 2DRY FM has been providing footy fans with commentary live from Jubilee Oval across the 2023 AFL Broken Hill season and is gearing up for Grand Final Day today.
As well as the Men’s A-Grade decider between South and West, commentators Patrick Reincke and Joshua Mercer will also be calling the action of the Women’s fixture between North and South.
“We’re excited to obviously be calling the women’s competition because it has been really close all throughout it. Flip a coin between North and South. It’ll be a really good game,” Mr Reincke said.
“If we both had the lung capacity, we’d do the whole day. But, I mean, I don’t know how good my vocal cords can hold up over two matches, but to be able to do this, it’s very exciting to be able to take the microphone for one of the most exciting competitions that have been set up.
“Women’s footy has been going from strength to strength since its inception back in 2012. It’s been one of the great comps, the girls get around it, they play with their heart on their sleeves and we’re looking forward to commentating what should be a close game between two traditional rivals.”
For Mr Reincke, commentating this season has been a dream come true.
“It’s been a really great experience and some of the best fun I’ve had in all my years of working in and out of the media,” he says.
“They took a chance on Josh and me having a crack for these minor rounds rather than just the final series. They went with us, they supported us greatly, and to be able to fulfil a childhood dream of commentating on the footy has never at all been a dull moment. It has been a genuine pleasure to be behind the mic calling games and we are all excited for Grand Final Day,” he said.
“It’s been genuinely great to know that there are people in the Silver City who are tuning in to listen and even those from away listening because they might be on holiday interstate, they may even be in Europe, tuning in and wanting to know how their team’s going. It’s been great to hear.
“We got a bit of feedback across this week that a lot of the boys on the mines who support North were listening as [last week’s] game unfolded. It’s really great to know that the local community has supported us and got behind the broadcast and we hope for a record number of listeners for the broadcast, not just for the A-Grade but for the Women’s as well.”
2DRY FM is on 107.7.