In 2012, Neil was asked if he’d be interested in providing special comments during a match being covered by 3WBC’s VFL Football Commentary team. The next week, he was calling the game and was hooked!
VFL Football is the second tier competition behind the national AFL competition and 3WBC broadcasts all games played by the local side, the Box Hill Hawks. Starting off with just the home games in 2008, the team called all games in 2009 and every season since. The undoubted high point so far has been the 2013 Grand Final which was won by the Hawks over the highly-fancied Geelong Cats. Sadly in the following year, the Hawks were the favourites but were overrun by a determined Footscray side, making their return to the VFL.
Another highlight was the coverage of the SANFL vs VFL game in 2016, which was broadcast live from the newly refurbished Adelaide Oval
In early 2018, the 3WBC VFL Football Commentary Team will celebrate their 200th game since their humble beginnings in 2008.