Special Guests

Check out our incredible line-up for 2017


Brian Lake

A true champion of the game, our co-host for 2017, Brian Lake, famously joined the Hawthorn Football Club before going on to win a premiership in each of his only three seasons with the Hawks.

Capping off a remarkable career by winning the Norm Smith Medal in the 2013 Grand Final to go along with his dual All-Australian selection, since retiring Brian has developed a promising media career in tv and radio and is currently a commentator with Fox Footy.


Matthew Suckling

Matthew Suckling joined the Western Bulldogs as an unrestricted free-agent at during the 2015 AFL Trade Period. 

Suckling was recruited from the Hawthorn Football Club, in which he was a member of both their 2014 and 2015 AFL Premiership sides.


Max Gawn

Gawn’s ascension to being the best ruckman in the competition came after he led the AFL for hit-outs (42.2 a game) and was named All-Australian. He also finished third in the club’s best and fairest count.

A character on the field, the ruckman has also become one of the AFL’s most popular players for his dry wit and fearsome beard.


Shae Audley

A fierce in-and-under midfielder, you’ll usually find Audley at the bottom of the packs. Her competitive nature means she enjoys the physical aspect of the game, always tackling opponents no matter what their size.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Audley is always able to find her own ball when the game is on the line.

“Her impact deep within contests will be critical to the success of our midfield." Keeping said.


Alison Downie

Standing at 188cm tall, Alison Downie will be an imposing ruck for Carlton in the AFLW competition.

Hailing from a basketball background, Downie has been playing senior football for five years and was named in the 2016 VFL Women’s Team of the Year.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Downie’s elite tap work will allow the Blues' midfield first use of the ball.

“Alison is a proven ruck whose tap work is second to none, the midfielders will love her,” Keeping said.


Kirsty Lamb

The Western Bulldogs inside midfielder has had an interesting year, which saw her juggle her cricket commitments as a member of the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League, along side her commitments to AFLW.


John Birt

Birt played 193 games for Essendon between 1957 and 1967, including the 1962 and 1965 AFL Premierships.

After his playing career ended, Birt served seven VFL/AFL clubs in administrative roles and his association with the game continues today through his involvement with the Premiership Players Club. 

Birt remembers his time with Essendon fondly and is proud to have remained a one-club player throughout his playing career.

John Birt was recently awarded life membership of the AFL for 'special service to the game'.


Brian Dixon

Dixon played 252 VFL games for Melbourne between 1954 and 1968, playing mostly on the wing.

He had a stellar football career, playing in five premierships, winning Melbourne's best and fairest in 1960, while in 1961 he was selected in the All-Australian team. 

In 2000 he was named in Melbourne's Team of the Century.


Barry Davis

A superb half back flanker, then ruck rover, Davis came to the Bombers from Essendon High School and started as a half forward. He captained Essendon in 1970 and 1971 before becoming vice captain to Des Tuddenham in 1972.

Davis was part of one of Essendon's greatest ever half back lines with Alex Epis and Ian Shelton, and ultimately became a top ruck-rover where he could display his talents all over the field.

He won the best and fairest award in 1968, 1969 and 1971 and was runner-up in 1972. He starred on the half back flank in the 1962 premiership win and again in the 1965 premiership victory.

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