As your favourite AFL show returns for another season, at 7.30pm on Thursday 24 March, we thought we would get to know its hosts a little more.
By
Karina Marlow

22 Mar 2016 - 7:58 PM  UPDATED 23 Mar 2016 - 10:33 AM
Grant Hansen

An avid Footscray supporter, Grant hails from Melbourne’s West, and dreamed of one day playing for his beloved Doggies. An impressive junior, he began a pre-season with Essendon before returning to the suburbs and playing with handful of teams. Turning his hand to his other love, rock and roll, he toured and played with bands across Australia and internationally. Grant became Australia’s first national Indigenous caller after he began broadcasting AFL on the National Indigenous Radio Service.

Gilbert McAdam

The McAdam family is a household name amongst the AFL community in Alice Springs. With a father who worked tirelessly to encourage local kids to play sport and an older brother who preceded him to St Kilda, Gilbert was destined for the field. He made a name for himself after winning the Magarey medal in the South Australian competition and went on to a highly successful career with St Kilda and later the Brisbane Bears. Outside of football, he loves movies and thinks he looks a bit like his favourite actor Denzel Washington. 

Leila Gurruwiwi

Originally from Elcho Island and Gove, North-East Arnhem Land, Leila has lived in Victoria for most of her life. A reporter and newsreader with Marngrook from the very beginning, she is also a regular on the Marngrook radio program and has MC’ed a number of functions including the Long Walk Women’s luncheon and the Didgeridoo Festival. A keen Western Bulldogs supporter she also has a strong love of music, particularly RnB and hip hop.

Shelley Ware

Shelley is a Carlton fan who grew up in South Australia. She is one of the original cast members of Channel 7’s Live and Kicking and was a presenter on the Marngrook radio show for several years before taking a break to raise a family. Now a mother to young Taj, she works two and a half days a week as a primary school teacher. Shelley returned to the Marngrook Footy Show in 2010 as a reporter and a presenter of the news and of her ‘tiddas tips’.

Chris Johnson

This triple premiership player with the Brisbane Lions grew up in Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north. After playing with Fitzroy he was selected to join the newly formed Lions and settled into his role as a defender. He retired after 264 games at the end of the 2007 season and took up an assistant coach position with Lions. He then returned to Melbourne and worked at the AFL on their Indigenous and community programs, before moving to AFL Victoria and working as a football commentator. 

 

The Marngrook Footy Show returns for the 2016 this Thursday the 24th of March at 7.30pm. Don't miss out!