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At Grand Final time, AFL footballers dominate the headlines. But how do these blokiest of blokes represent the lot of the modern man?

Footy is a playing field fuelled by traditional loyalties. But this year, as in others, it’s a field marred by drug cheating allegations, sex indiscretions and questionable leadership. In this fascinating evening, through the lens of Aussie Rules Football, we ask ‘What’s the role of men as leaders – how have things changed, what can we expect, and how can (and should) men lead now?’

774 ABC Melbourne presenter Libbi Gorr pays homage to her McFeast persona to take this live, sweaty and fascinating discussion into a wiser, contemporary and excruciatingly candid zone.

With special guests including iconic Hawthorn tough man Don Scott (60s and 70s), Essendon Club legend Simon Madden (80s and 90s) and and president of the AFL Players Association Luke Ball, this is a Grand Final week event not to be missed.

A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices.

Recorded live for 774’s Conversation Hour and presented in association with ABC Big Ideas.


Simon Madden

Simon Madden was an Essendon Football Club captain, 378 games holder, Norm Smith medal winner and legend of the 80s and 90s. He can tell you a lot about teams, leadership and winning. As a duel premiership player, Simon has been coached by men’s men. But Simon also lost his dad at an early age, an... Read more

Don Scott

Don Scott, as a duel premiership captain of the Hawthorn juggernaut of 60s and 70s was as tough and as rough as they come. As ruckman and enforcer he was reported 15 times, yet was suspended for only 11 matches over an illustrious 300-game career. Despite this aggressor image, Don has never conforme... Read more

Luke Ball

Luke Ball has the rare distinction of being both a St Kilda Football Club captain and a Collingwood Premiership player. Indeed he is one of the only players in AFL history to have played in three consecutive Grand Finals with two different clubs, leaving the Saints at the end of 2009 in the era of f... Read more

Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr is a presenter and broadcaster working across print, radio and television. Libbi is currently a guest reporter for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30, and hosts ABC Radio Melbourne’s Sundays program. She is known for her iconic comedy creation Elle McFeast in the ‘90s a... Read more


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