MARNGROOK FOOTY SHOW returns to Thursday Nights with original host Gilbert ‘Gilly’ McAdam

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After one of the most memorable AFL Grand Finals ever in 2018, the AFL season is returning for 2019 – which means the beloved Marngrook Footy Show is back! 

Fans will be ecstatic to hear that the original gang is back together. Brisbane Bears and St Kilda Football club legend, Gilbert ‘Gilly’ McAdam returns to the panel after his gap year to co-host the show alongside Indigenous media stalwart Grant Hansen and long-time co-presenters, Shelley Ware and Leila Gurruwiwi. Former Geelong Football Club star, Ronnie Burns, will also join the all-star line-up.

The 2019 series will kick off on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm; however will alternate to Thursdays at 7.30pm when there is no AFL fixture, check the NITV guide each week for details. 

NITV will also run Facebook Live sessions and more digital content throughout the year – embracing new audiences on different platforms.

Showcasing NITV’s and Marngrook’s ongoing commitment to Australian women’s footy and Indigenous women’s representation in sports media, this season will include a strong, rotating contingent of AFLW players and prominent Indigenous women in the game. Panel guests will include Natarsha Bamblett and Kirby Bentley.

In 2019, the program will feature some of the most knowledgeable Indigenous experts at the desk, including Andrew Krakouer, Stephen May, Matthew Stokes, Jason Johannisen and Greg McAdam. Regulars will include legends of the game Kevin Bartlett and Doug Hawkins.

Executive Producer and co-host of the show Grant Hansen said:

“I can’t wait for the Marngrook Footy Show to be back on air, and most importantly, having Gilly on the panel again this year talking footy. The old magic will be back with the original team reunited in 2019.”

Co-host Gilbert McAdam said:

“It’s great to be back this year with Grant and the team. I’m feeling refreshed after my year away and I’m ready to kick off 2019’s footy season on NITV.”

The Marngrook Footy Show began as a radio program on community radio in 1997 as an initiative to remedy the under representation of Indigenous commentators in the football media. The show was broadcast around Australia on the National Indigenous Radio Service building a strong and loyal audience.

In 2007 Marngrook was launched as a TV show on the new NITV network and then moved to ABC2 for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013 Marngrook returned to NITV and has been one of the highest rating programs on the channel each year since. In 2017 Marngrook celebrated its 10th birthday, an incredible achievement in today’s media landscape.

Marngrook Footy Show returns on Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm on NITV.