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Giant of Australian Rules media, Harry Beitzel, dies

FAREWELL, HARRY

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Former AFL broadcaster and media personality Harry Beitzel has died.

Beitzel covered football for 3AW, 3AK and the ABC radio stations, as well as writing for the Herald Sun, The Truth, The Sunday Telegraph and The Australian.

Beitzel was 90 when he passed away in Gosford yesterday afternoon, family have told 3AW.

Harry Beitzel was the chief football caller on 3AW for 16 years.

His daughter, Kerry Beitzel, told Ross and John she and Harry had recently spent time relieving the glory days.

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Rex Hunt remembered a former colleague and the inspiration behind his own career.

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Triple Brownlow medalist Bobby Skilton credited Beitzel for pioneering International Rules forays overseas, when he took the famous ‘Galahs’ to Ireland in 1967.

“He brought together people like (Alex) Jesaulenko and (Ron) Barassi and (Bob) Davies,” he said.

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Beitzel is a member of both the MCG’s and AFL’s media halls of fame.

He was also an umpire of note, officiating 182 VFL games including the 1955 Grand Final, and John Coleman’s first VFL game.

FAREWELL, HARRY
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