The Marngrook Footy Show

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The Marngrook Footy Show
Created by Grant Hansen
Directed byDarcy Bonser
Presented by
Theme music composer
Opening themeIt's Marngrook
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes299
Executive producerJay Estorninho
ProducerGrant Hansen
Running time90 minutes
Production companyToombak Indigenous Production
Original network
  • NITV (2007-11, 2013-2019)
  • C31 (2007-10)
  • ABC2 (2011- 12)
Picture format
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseJuly 2007 (2007-07) 
September 2019 (2019-09)
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The Marngrook Footy Show was a sport panel show broadcast in Australia. Debuting in 2007, the show aired on NITV, and was previously simulcast on Channel 31 Melbourne.


Between 2011 and 2012, the program was broadcast on ABC2, and was shown live in 2012, but had its time-slot moved several times. From 2013 the show was produced by Toombak Indigenous Productions and broadcast on NITV/SBS. [1] The show was produced at the Burwood campus of Deakin University in its professional-standard television studio.

The show was cancelled in October 2019 after 12 years. In March 2020, it was replaced by Yokayi Footy. [2]




Origins and format

The show is the brainchild of Grant Hansen who was tired of the lack of indigenous football commentators and hosts on the radio and TV. It first aired in 1997 as a radio show in Melbourne and with popularity increasing it was soon beamed across the country via satellite the following year. The first radio show was hosted by Grant Hansen and Alan Thorpe with correspondents around the country including Derek Kickett, Michael McLean, Gilbert McAdam, Chris Johnson and Robert Ahmat. After 10 years on the radio it was then developed as a television show and was shown in 2007 on C31 Melbourne and NITV. [3] It features interviews, weekly tips, AFL Gripes and live music performances, as well as including local stories from around the country featuring indigenous footballers talking about their backgrounds, origin clubs and towns, heritage and current affairs.

Marngrook ("game ball") is a name given to a range of traditional Indigenous Australian recreational pastimes, which some historians claim had a role in the formation of Australian rules football. [4]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResultRefs.
2015 Logie Awards of 2015 Most Popular Sports ProgramThe Marngrook Footy ShowNominated
2016 Logie Awards of 2016 Best Sports Program Marngrook Footy ShowNominated [5]

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  2. Quinn, Karl; Colangelo, Anthony (6 March 2020). "New Indigenous footy panel show Yokayi to replace axed Marngrook". The Age . Retrieved 25 November 2020.
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