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Meet the Team

Ben Casanelia

Head of K rock Football

A journalist with Inside Football since 2001, Ben Casanelia was first heard on K rock Football in 2003 as part of the pre-game.

A product of St. Joseph’s, he was originally sports editor of the Colac Herald following a football career cut short by a crippling lack of ability.

These days he prefers to launch the one metal and has been known to pump it out there 280 metres – hurricane assisted.

Ben became the Boundary Rider for K rock Football in 2007 and two years later joined the team on stats after ‘Snake’ Pearson hung up the HB pencil.

These days Ben produces K rock’s footy coverage

Tom King

Editor & Commentator

After spending five years as part of the K rock News team, Tom King has been Editor of krockfootball.com.au since its launch in February 2013.

‘Kingy’ has also been part of the K rock commentary team since 2009, realising a boyhood dream after growing up listening to the legendary team of Ted Whitten, Peter Le Grand and Brian Brushfield.

‘Kingy’ will provide the latest news from out of Simonds Stadium, as well as keeping his finger on the pulse of the rest of the AFL, along with VFL, TAC Cup and local footy.

Anthony Mithen

Commentator

Having spent an extensive career in the cut and thrust of Melbourne’s footy media world, Anthony Mithen brings 20 years of experience to the K rock Football commentary box.

Cutting his teeth at the Geelong Advertiser and working through The Age, Channel Ten, Channel Nine and eventually hosting the Radio Sport National breakfast show, Mitho ended up on the Richmond board for six years.

He joined K rock in 2001 and cites his favourite moment coming in the 2009 Grand Final.

Lachie Young

Boundary Rider

Lachie has been part of the K rock stable since 2014 and can be seen on game days riding the boundary lines of the MCG and Etihad Stadium.

A product of St Albans in the GFL, he played senior football in all three local leagues before calling time on his playing days this year and will fill a role as boundary rider or match day statistician.

Having completed his degree in media and communication, Lachie now works full-time with NewsCorp and is a contributor for Inside Football.

Bradley Green

VFL/TAC Cup Reporter


Bradley Green has worked as a sports journalist since the mid 1990’s at a variety of media outlets in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

He has been passionate about his footy ever since he was a kid growing up in Colac.

When he realised his playing career wasn’t going to take him that far, his interest turned to writing about the game and follow in the footsteps of other great footy journalists to come out of Colac such as Peter Hanlon, Scott Gullan and Mark Doran.

Bradley’s media career has taken him to newspapers and radio stations in Melbourne, Warrnambool and Geelong.

 

Drew Semmens

CDFL Reporter


Drew Semmens bring us all the news from the Colac and District Football League.

The talented athlete grew up in Cobden and now resides in Geelong.

Drew is a passionate supporter of all sports, but gave away playing football, cricket and basketball to concentrate on his athletics career.

He is a scholarship holder with the Barwon Sports Academy and since 2010 has represented Australia on three occasions, including at the 2013 INAS World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Drew has been commentating games of football in the Hampden region for the past six years.

Ian Cohen

Commentator

Ian Cohen, or as we know him better – ‘Coza’ – brings nearly two decades of radio and television experience to K rock Football.

As an award-winning broadcaster, ‘Coza’ has forged a reputation for excellence in all aspects of media, and delivers a hard-news edge to our coverage.

He has been a senior reporter and commentator at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the Tour De France, Australian Open Tennis, F1 and many World Cups… but AFL is his passion, and nothing beats being at the MCG or at Simonds Stadium to call the action from the best seats in the house.

‘Coza’ is a Demons supporter, but loves watching the Cats win.

Heath Buck

Statistician

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Heath Buck has been with K Rock Football since 2005, starting as the match-day statistician having played approximately 300 games of football with Bacchus Marsh in the Ballarat Football League & Werribee Centrals in the Geelong & District Football League.

Bucky gained his 15 minutes of fame when he was vice-captain and full-forward for the Hammerheads in the 2002 Channel 7 reality TV show ‘The Club’.

A tragic Carlton fan, he calls himself a pseudo-past player because he played 32 games for the Blues Under 19’s way back in 1986-87.

Mark Neeld

Special Comments

Essendon assistant coach Mark Neeld will continue to bring a level head to the K rock Football commentary box in 2017.

The former Melbourne coach also played 74 games for Geelong and Richmond in the 1990s after being recruited from St. Joseph’s.

Before joining the Demons, Neeld coached Old Geelong, Ocean Grove, St. Joseph’s and the Western Jets, while also serving as an assistant under Mick Malthouse at Collingwood, where he played a key role in the Magpies’ 2010 premiership success.

Tim McGrath

Special Comments

A long-serving member of the K rock Football team, Tim McGrath is popular with listeners for his forthright and honest appraisal of AFL.

Originally from Noble Park, McGrath won a Morrish Medal as VFL Under 19s best and fairest in 1988 with North Melbourne, before playing seven games in three years with the Kangaroos.

Malcolm Blight liked what he saw from the redheaded defender, pouncing on ‘Bluey’ when he was let go from Arden Street. McGrath went on to play 219 games with the Cats, including their grand final losses in 1992, ’94 and ’95.

He has been part of K rock Football for the best part of a decade, and was on the voting panel for the 2012 Norm Smith Medal.

 

Darren Berry

Commentator

DarrenBerryAffectionately known as ‘Chuck’ or ‘The Man who travels by Ferry’, Darren Berry returns to the K rock team on a more regular basis for the first time since 2010.

Berry has spent the last five years in Adelaide as coach of South Australian and the Adelaide Strikers, calling games at Football Park and Adelaide Oval for K rock during that time.

The former star Victorian wicketkeeper has been a regular media contributor since his retirment in the mid 2000s, working as cricket analyst for Fox Sports, writing for the Age and also commentating with Southern Cross Austereo

 

Kent Kingsley

Special Comments

Kent Kingsley joined the K rock Football special comments team in 2015. Originally from SANFL team Woodville-West Torrens, Kent played with three AFL clubs – North Melbourne, Geelong and Richmond – for a total of 125 games.

He also kicked 239 goals, winning the Cats goal-kicking award from 2002-2005. He retired at the end of 2007 after three games with the Tigers.

Tom Morris

Boundary Rider

Tom_MorrisA journalist at Fox Sports, Tom Morris joined the K rock team as a boundary rider at the start of 2015.

Before working at Fox – where he reports on AFL, cricket, tennis and soccer – ‘Chuck’ ran St Kilda Football Club’s digital content for three years after finishing a Bachelor of Sports Journalism at La Trobe University.

Chuck is a keen sportsman himself, playing Premier Cricket for St Kilda, golf and football. However, his own amateur sporting career has taken a back seat in 2016 as he seeks to further progress his media work both at K rock and Fox Sports.

Chuck is never short of a word, loves a good yarn, and will be seen riding the boundary lines at the MCG and Etihad Stadium this year, as well as occasionally filling in as a match day statistician.

Paul Chapman

Special Comments

One of the greatest Geelong players of the modern era, Paul Chapman was a key contributor to the Cats’ premiership success in 2007, 09 and 11.

‘Chappy’ played 251 games for Geelong, earning All-Australian selection in 2009-10 and winning the 2006 Carji Greeves Medal as best and fairest.

However, it his performance in the 2009 Grand Final, in which he won the Norm Smith Medal, that lives dear in the hearts of Cat fans.

Chapman finishing his career with two seasons at Essendon, playing 29 games in the red and black.

Ben Williamson

Commentator

Growing up in the country, Ben Williamson subscribed to what every other teenage boy consumed their lives with and that was becoming entrenched in sport.

A passionate footballer, Ben played almost 200 Wimmera Football League Games before a sniper from long range decided his time was up, wounding the right knee, and by the age of 25 he was chasing a new passion.

With a keen interest in radio, an opportunity arose to anchor the inaugural year of ‘Local Football Live’ in season 2016 which involved broadcasting match of the round games in the Wimmera for the AceRadio network on a weekly basis.