Sandy 'Sandles' Roberts (born 22 February 1950) is a veteran sports presenter and commentator formerly working on television for Fox Sports Australia and currently on radio with Crocmedia. He was a long-time personality of the Seven Network for four decades, notably part of the Seven Sport Olympics coverage as a host for more than 20 years. He currently works at Foxtel.
|Residence||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Occupation||Sport presenter & commentator|
|Employer||Fox Footy, Crocmedia|
Roberts' career started at Perth radio station 6PM, after a short stint as a copyboy for the Adelaide News. Roberts then travelled extensively throughout Europe for two years, before returning to Australia, where he joined Radio 3CS Colac as an announcer. In 1971, he switched to television station BCV8-TV in Bendigo as a news presenter. He later joined the Seven Network in Adelaide in 1973 as a general announcer and presenter.
In his time with the Seven Network, Roberts commentated over 700 Australian Football League (AFL) games. Roberts also commentated on NBL games, the Australian Open, the Spring Racing Carnival and many major golf tournaments. He has also been involved in the coverage of every Summer Olympic Games from Moscow 1980 to Beijing 2008, including Sydney 2000 as well as many Winter Olympic Games.
Alongside Dennis Cometti, Roberts was a commentator during the famous AFL match between Sydney and St Kilda in 1993, when a pig was released onto the ground by a Sydney member with a number 4 and the nickname "Pluga" spray painted onto it (in reference to then St Kilda player Tony Lockett). Roberts became famous for his call of the incident saying "There's a pig at full-forward"
Despite this impressive resume, Roberts is often remembered for his gaffe in introducing the 1981 Miss Australia, Leanne Dick as "Leanne Cock" during a Mount Gambier Cup meeting. (Ironically, Dick's surname after marriage is Cockerill).
In early February 2013, Roberts was the subject of media speculation that he was leaving the Seven Network to work at another channel, Fox Footy. In November 2013, Roberts announced that he would be leaving the Seven Network after 40 years with Seven in Melbourne and Adelaide, to work at Fox Footy as a host-commentator. Tim Watson took Roberts' place as the weekday sports newsreader. Roberts last day reading sport news was Friday 29 November 2013, and he finished his hosting duties for Seven at the Australian Open golf tournament on Sunday 1 December 2013. Roberts retired from television in 2018.
Since July 2013, Roberts has been an ambassador for the non-profit-organisation The Beehive Foundation, a charity that runs free programs to develop resilience and coping mechanisms for youth via junior sporting organisations.
Roberts is married and has a son to his current wife. A previous marriage broke down following the death of a 15-year-old son from that marriage. He also has another son from his first marriage.
Roberts follows the St Kilda Football Club.
- Sandy Roberts, Yahoo!7, Retrieved 02 November 2013. Archived 16 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- David Knox (19 March 2013). "Seven ready for 2013 Good Friday Appeal". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Geoff McClure, Just names, Sandy, The Age, 16 April 2007.
- Jane Lee (11 February 2013). "I'm not off to Fox: Sandy". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- Pierik, Jon (5 December 2013). "Roberts welcomes new role". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- David Knox (30 November 2013). "Seven farewells Sandy". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "Ambassadors". The Beehive Foundation. Beehive Foundation. 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Sandy ends silence on son, Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 16, 2006
| Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight sport presenter
2005 – 2013