The Marngrook Footy Show is Australia’s most unique football show featuring Indigenous presenters and focusing on current day Indigenous AFL players. Each Thursday night during the season, join Grant, Gilbert, Shelly and Leila as they preview all the upcoming AFL games, speak with present and former AFL stars and provide a wide range of interesting news on the game. Australian Rules can be a serious business but it’s also a lot of fun and full of fascinating and heart warming stories. Join us for a refreshing mix of informed footy talk and friendly humour. It’s a footy show for everyone.
Grant Hansen grew up in Melbourne’s western suburbs as an avid Footscray supporter with the dream of one day playing for his beloved Doggies. An impressive junior footballer at St Albans he spent a couple of years with the Footscray under 19’s and then did a pre season training with Essendon. But the Bombers were not the club he loved and he returned to the suburbs playing with a handful of teams with great success. His other love was rock’n roll and he ultimately hung up the boots to pursue a career in music that saw him tour and play with bands across Australia and internationally.
His work in music saw him take up a number of roles in the media including that of radio announcer and in 1997 set up the Marngrook Footy Show. Soon after Grant began working in the broadcast of AFL games and was to become Australia’s first Indigenous football caller nationally on radio with the National Indigenous Radio Service.
Gilbert McAdam was born in Alice Springs and grew up playing sport with his brothers from a very young age. His father, Charlie was a community leader and worked tirelessly with young children in Alice Springs keeping them off the streets by encouraging them to play sport. Charlie was a sports coach and administrator and lived to see 3 of his sons play AFL football.
Gilberts older brother Greg preceded him to St Kilda becoming one of the first AFL players from Alice Springs.
His younger brother Adrian had a sensational but brief career at North Melbourne.
In 1989 Gilbert McAdam made a name for himself in Australian football by becoming the first, and to this day only, Indigenous player to win the Magarey medal in South Australia’s SANFL competition. McAdam was playing for Central District but was soon heading to Moorabbin to play for the Saints.
Gilbert went on to carve out a highly successful AFL career with 53 games for StKilda between 1991 and 1993 and then a further 58 games with the Brisbane Bears from 1994 until 1996. McAdam also played football in the Northern Territory for the Waratahs and Claremont in Western Australia.
After his playing career he coached in Alice Springs, Darwin and the Kimberleys.
The main grandstand at Alice Spring’s Trager Park is named after the McAdam family in tribute to their huge contribution to sport and the community.
Outside of football Gilbert loves to spend his spare time at the beach or in the bush. He loves music and movies and his favorite actor is Denzel Washington, mainly because he thinks they look alike.
Originally from Elcho Island and Gove, North East Arnhem Land Leila has lived in Victoria for most of her life. Leila has worked on the Marngrook Footy Show as a reporter and newsreader since the show began in 2007 and was also a regular presenter on the Marngrook radio program. She has a great understanding and love for the game and is a keen Western Bulldogs supporter
Outside of football Leila has a strong love for music particularly R’nB and hip hop. She also loves reading.
Leila also considers herself a bit if a movie buff, she sees at least a movie a week.
Leila has also MC’ed a number of functions and live events such as the Long Walk Womens luncheon, the Didgeridoo Festival and Belgrave Survival Day.
Shelley is originally from South Australia and follows the Carlton football club. One of the original cast members of Channel 7’s “Live and Kicking” she was also a presenter on the Marngrook radio show for a number of years before taking a break to raise a family.
Shelley is now the mother of Taj and works 2 and a half days a week as a primary school teacher.
Shelley returned to the Marngrook Footy Show in 2010 as a reporter and presenter of the news and tiddas tips.
Make sure you’re watching NITV every Thursday from March 23 @ 730pm AEDT to catch all the latest AFL news on the Marngrook Footy Show.