Gather Round Lunch - Showcase SA

Showcase SA Gather Round Lunch

Step into the excitement of the ‘Festival of Footy’ in South Australia with Showcase SA’s exclusive Gather Round Lunch. This is your chance to forge meaningful connections within the business community while immersing yourself in the spirit of the 2024 AFL Gather Round. 

Hearing from legendary AFL players and experts including Billy Brownless, Andy Maher, Cameron Mooney, Kane Cornes and Ebony Marinoff on the panel and Mark Bickley as MC, this is not an event to be missed!

The Honourable Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia to provide the official opening at this event. 

Date: Friday 5th April 2024

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Location: The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Adelaide

Price: Individual tickets $200 (+gst) or a Table of 10 for $2000 (+gst)

Showcase SA are honoured to have chosen the Jodi Lee Foundation as our charitable partner for this event. Their relentless commitment to bowel cancer prevention and advocacy for leading healthier lives, aligns seamlessly with our Values. Learn more about the incredible work the Jodi Lee Foundation do and how you can contribute to their cause. All funds raised at this event will go towards Jodi Lee Foundation. 

Tickets start from $200 and include a two-course lunch with three-hour beverage package. Providing the perfect opportunity to share insights and foster collaborations to build invaluable connections within the SA business community. 


Billy Brownless

Billy Brownless first came to prominence as a high-flying forward for Geelong. Growing up in Jerilderie in southern NSW, Brownless was a schoolboy star with Assumption College before making his debut with Cats in 1986. 

Brownless made his senior VFL debut in Round 1, 1986 and quickly made a name for himself as a strong full-forward, winning the Cats’ best first year player award that year. Twice he led Geelong’s goal kicking, was named in the All-Australian Team in 1991. Nine goals in the 1992 Qualifying Final, eight in the classic 1991 Elimination Final win over St Kilda and an average of three goals per game across the four Grand Finals he played in stamped his qualities. Today he sits fifth with 441 goals on Geelong’s all-time goal kicking list, alongside iconic names Gary Ablett Snr, Doug Wade, Tom Hawkins and Steve Johnson.

Andy Maher

Having multiple roles in Australian television, radio and print, Andy Maher is a favourite media personality. Passionate about the sport he calls, Andy has had an extensive career spanning over 30 years. 

Andy Maher is one of Melbourne’s most versatile sports media personalities. Experienced in both radio and television, his knowledge and passion for sport knows no boundaries. Host of Channel 7’s popular AFL program, The Front Bar, Andy has also hosted international Cricket and Golf tournaments, providing himself to be an all around sports lover!

Andy has been working full-time in football media since the late 80s and has moved from print to TV/Radio since the 90s. 

You can hear Andy on “The Drive Home” on Melbourne Radio station 1116 SEN, nationally on the SEN’s national radio coverage “AFL Nation” and Weekly on Channel 7’s “The Front Bar”.

Hon Peter Malinauskas MP

The Hon Peter Malinauskas MP led the South Australian Labor Party to victory at the March 2022 state election, becoming the 47th Premier of South Australia. 

With a focus on health, education, jobs, skills and the environment, Peter was elected with a plan not just for the next four years but for the next generation.

Since being elected, the Premier has been reinstating Adelaide as Australia’s best destination for major events. In less than 18 months, South Australia has secured and hosted LIV Golf’s most successful event to date which included record breaking crowds, hosted the AFL’s Gather Round which sold more than 220,000 tickets and reinstated the best Supercar event in Australia, the Adelaide 500 attracting a four-day attendance of 258,200. 

In Peter’s spare time, he can often be found at a Port Adelaide game or out on the footy field playing with his beloved Adelaide Uni Blacks. 

Cameron Mooney

Cameron Mooney was drafted to North Melbourne in 1996, making his debut with the team in Round 7 of 1999, becoming a premiership player the same year. 

As a player, Mooney was known as a passionate opponent, a powerful forward who would give defenders headaches. He played in three premierships across the two clubs he played for, North Melbourne and Geelong. Mooney joined Geelong Football Club ahead of the 2000 season and became a significant contributor to the Cats. While he consistently hit the scoreboard, Mooney’s best season came in 2007 when he was named All-Australian and kicked 67 goals, including 5 in the Cats Grand Final win. Another Grand Final appearance in 2008, ended in a heartbreaking loss, however in 2009 Mooney claimed his third and final premiership medal. 

In 2011 Mooney retired with 221 games, 297 goals and three premierships to his name. Since retiring, Mooney has maintained involvement in AFL, with two years coaching with the Western Bulldogs and becoming a member of the Fox Footy family, featuring on show such as AFL 360, The Bounce and Game Day coverage.

Ebony Marinoff

Ebony Marinoff is a skilled midfielder who excels at stoppages for the Adelaide Football Club Women’s Team. After being Adelaide’s first pick in the first AFLW Draft, Ebony became a standout in the inaugural AFLW season, earning All Australian honours and the NAB Rising Star award.

Since then, Ebony has featured in Adelaide’s three premiership wins, claimed Adelaide’s AFLW Best and Fairest in 2021 and has been selected in every All-Australian squad since the competition’s inception.

Kane Cornes

One of the AFL’s elite midfielders, with four Best and Fairest’s and a place in Port Adelaide’s inaugural AFL Premiership to his name, Kane is a great of the Power and as a result, was inducted into Port’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Kane surpassed previous games record holder Warren Tredrea in 2013, and finished his career with 300 games, retiring midway through the 2015 season. 

Kane is co-host of the SEN 1116 breakfast radio on Monday and Friday mornings and host of SEN Sportsday on Tuesday to Thursday afternoons. Kane also provides expert commentary for AFL Nation radio matches across Australia. He is a member of Nine’s Footy Classified show each Monday night as well as the Sunday Footy Show. 

Mark Bickley

After 2 years at South Adelaide in the SANFL competition, Mark Bickley was invited to train with the newly formed Adelaide Football Club ahead of their debut season in 1991.

At first, he missed out on a spot on their first list, but his determination to succeed saw him continue to train at the club and eventually rewarded with a contract of his own. Starting as a small defender, Bickley debuted in 1991, and over the following seasons broke into the Crows midfield. Consistently finishing in the top 5 Best and Fairest counts, Bickley took over as club captain ahead of the 1997 season. He led his side to their first premiership that same year, and followed this up in 1998, leading the Crows to back-to-back premierships. Bickley finished his career with 272 games and four years as captain.

In 2006, Bickley was invited to join the selection panel for the prestigious All-Australian team, a position he held for three years. In 2008, he returned to the Crows to work as an assistant coach, a position he held for a few years before making a return to the media where you can hear him now on SEN SA.

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