We are delighted to announce the new line up for the 2017 Grassroots Sports Luncheon to be held at Star (formerly Jupiters) Casino on Friday 2nd June at 12 noon.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our regularl MC, Vince Sorrenti is a late withdrawal from this year’s event.
After hosting Grassroots for the past 7 years, this has provided us with an opportunity to reinvigorated line up. Call it the 7 year itch!
We are excited to announce the following for this years Grassroots Sorts Luncheon:
Our MC is to be the the irreverent DES DOWLINGDes is one of Australia’s most entertaining and versatile stand up comedy performers and is an accomplished corporate MC.
Whether its appearing as a  TV presenter, utilising his polished interviewing skills and humor as a corporate MC, or performing a hilarious 30 minute set of stand up comedy, DES delivers a top notch comedy performance every time. DES has headlined at Australia’s top comedy club. Four years ago, DES was introduced to our little Grassroots event. At the time, many people said, “Des who?” At the end of his 30 minute stand up routine, he was “Des the Great”and he had become a Grassroots Legend! Back by popular demand, DES will leave his mark as a highly entertaining, and exceptionally amusing MC.

Over the past 7 years, the Grassroots Sports luncheon has featured some outstanding stand up comedians. Trevor Marmalade, Des Dowling, Greg Ritchie, Troy Kinne and, of course, Darren Carr, have all been unbelievable. We haven’t had a bad one yet. Now Buckle Up! This year we are delighted to feature the amazing AKMAL SALEHAkmal is one of Australia's most respected, successful and accomplished comics. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and slightly offensive way. Perfect for Grassroots! AKMAL'S popularity has increased massively over the last 10 years due to his regular appearances on national television shows such as Rove, The Glass House and “Thank God You’re Here”. As a result AKMAL has toured the country with numerous sell out tours including his “Hoot” and “Gullible” tours. AKMAL wrote and starred in “All Aussies are Boofta” – a sketch comedy show which enjoyed three successful seasons and critical acclaim. He has appeared at Festivals all around the world including Adelaide Fringe Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

In 2016, AKMAL dropped into the South African jungle with Shane Warne, Brendan Fevola and others for Network Ten’s, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!” Take our tip - AKMAL will be a star at Grassroots!

Our highly entertaining Sports Panel is still to be confirmed however it will feature two all time great AFL players. Confirmation of these greats is expected over the next week.