Posted: 22 April, 2015

Sharks' Michael Gordon - Famous POW Photo

As a teenager Michael Gordon discovered his deep and personal connection to the history of Anzac.


(Aitape, New Guinea. 24 Oct 2943. The infamous photo of Sgt. Siffleet about to be executed by beheading with a sword by Yasuno Chikao)

It is one of the most harrowing and enduring pictures of any Australian soldier and prisoner of war during World War II.

Sergeant Len Siffleet lost his life after being executed in Aitape, Papua New Guniea where he was captured by the Japanese - the photo is one of the only physical records of such atrocities by the Japanese against Australians during the war.

For Sharks' fullback Michael Gordon, the picture holds a significant personal importance as he found out as a teenager that Sgt. Siffleet what his Great Uncle.

As a teenager, interested in modern history, his Grandmother gave him a manila folder filled with newspaper clippings and photos.


(Melbourne, Vic, 1942 - Group portrait of members of a Service Reconnaisance Department (SRD) signals training group including Sgt. Siffleet) 

In it was the photo which after it was discovered on a Japanese soldier in 1945, became famous the world over.

"It appeared on front pages right around the world, it appeared on Life Magazine as well," said Matty.

"Yeah, obviously a pretty iconic photo, I suppose the picture paints the whole story, it's a pretty devastating sort of photo and I suppose to find one is one thing but to find he's related to me is something different again," said Gordon.

"We were just talking about the great tribute the NRL has done for Anzac Day... what does Anzac Day mean to you?" asked Matty.

"I think it's the most important day on the calendar especially for Australians and New Zealanders.... I've always had such a great admiration for it," explained Gordon.

The boys also talked to Gordon about the great run of form the Sharkies are on at the moment, becoming the new competition favourites after a great streak of wins.

Listen to the full interview below.

 

More Photos Of Sgt. Sifleet From The Australian War Memorial

 

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Posted: 16 April, 2015

8 Reasons To Head To Korea

Here's a little inspiration for your trip to Korea.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Rome? Pssh. Paris? No thank you.

Everyone's been to these locations, they're crowded and you'll just be that loser with a picture of you holding up the leaning Tower of Pisa.

Now... Korea! That is a place that you'll want to go to, heading East is definitely the new thing so we've made a little list to show you just why Korea would be the best place to go to.

Also, the Grillers are giving you the opportunity to win a trip to sunny Korea, you can enter here.

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Posted: 14 April, 2015

'My Family Saved Me' - MG

On a tv special about anger, MG revealed how his family changed his ways.

Insight: Anger - "I liked being the intimidator" says Mark Geyer

As a 20 year-old coming on for Penrith Panthers in '87, MG was bloody big for his age.

His size gave him a notorious reputation as an on-field enforcer, with his hard hitting style turning him into a player who was feared by his opponents and respected by his team.

But as much as this style of play was encouraged during the 80s and 90s, there was a line that was sometimes crossed with MG racking up an incredible 34 weeks suspension during his career.

On SBS' Insight program last night, our big man told the story of how his anger overtook him at a young age, which also resulted in some off-field incidents and bouts of road-rage.

"It was hard to be given the badge of the enforcer on the field and once the game is over and go to the club to have a beer and try and turn it off when someone is throwing ice at you," MG said on Insight.

"Growing up … certain things happened in my life … that transpired out of my hands and I reacted in a way I probably shouldn’t have," MG explained.

However, the man that he was is very different to the one that we all know and love, the big dopey fun loving bloke, one third of The Grill Team, and a brilliant father and husband.

He credits his wife and his kids as the instigator of change in his life.


"I certainly think that if I didn’t have kids I don’t know how I would be these days. Luckily I have got five of them, and I haven’t been in any trouble since I had them. They have certainly tempered me."

"I think that (it’s) because when you have a child, straight away you think of someone other than yourself," he said.

MG is on SBS' Insight 'Anger' special - Tuesday 14th April, 8.30pm on SBS One.

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Tags: SBS Insight, Mark "MG" Geyer, Anger, Family

Posted: 10 April, 2015

"He Was The Best" - Steve Crawley On Richie Benaud

Steve Crawley pays tribute to his friend and colleague the indelible Richie Benaud.

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Channel Nine Head of Sport remembers his friend and colleague Richie Benaud.

In this video: Steve Crawley, Matty Johns, Mark "MG" Geyer, Gus Worland

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Today at 2:22pm we pay tribute to the late Richie Benaud on Triple M.


It's an incredibly sad day for cricket fans, sporting fans and people all over the world, an absolute indelible icon of cricket, Richie Benaud, sadly passed away today aged 84.

With the news coming early this morning, about the irrefutable "voice of cricket" Mr Benaud The Grill Team had the unfortunate task of sharing the news to their listeners.

We were lucky enough to get a man onto the show who knew Richie for many years and counted him as a close friend, Head of Sport at Channel Nine, Steve Crawley.

As inconsolable as Crawley was, he was nice enough to spend some time with us remembering the great man and sharing some stories, even managing to have a laugh about his old colleague during such a hard time.

"When you think of Richie Benaud you think of more than just cricket, he was a massive part of everyone's life in Australia," opened Matty Johns.

"What was he like to work with Steve?" asked Matty.

"He was the best, he's a funny bugger, he was great fun we would go out for dinner and they [waiters] would say 'red or white Mr Benaud?' and he'd say 'yes thank-you'," Crawley said.

"There was no bullshit about him, he wasn't up himself at all and that sounds crude but it's not, you see so many people in life that are and then you see a real one," Crawley told the boys.

Steve went on to tell the boys how Richie was a "legend" in the eyes of his fans who would try and touch him just to see if he was real.

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Tags: Richie Benaud, Steve Crawley, Channel Nine, Cricket

Posted: 9 April, 2015

The Boys Test Themselves On The Hardest English Words

We all know MG has problem saying some words, but so do a lot of other people (including Gus)

We recently heard about a list of the hardest English words to say for foreigners.

Well, as the boys are professionals at talking, Matty thought they would give MG and Gus a little challenge, taking them through the list.

MG, as you all know doesn't exactly have a silver tounge but the most surprising was that Gussy, the private school boys really struggled. Have a look below.

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Tags: English Words, Talking, Mark "MG" Geyer, Gus Worland

Posted: 8 April, 2015

Chinese Casanova Caught With 17 Girlfriends

It's a hilarious story from China that got us thinking about what we've discovered after bad things have happened.


(Mr Yuan had a very awkward day at the hospital: Changsha TV)

A story making the rounds yesterday about the Chinese Hugh Hefner, playboy Mr Yuan, caught our eye due to the fact that he had not one, not two, but 17 girlfriends.

How do we know this? Well, unfortunately for Mr Yuan, he was in a car crash and when the doctors called his loved ones, 17 woman showed up to console him.

He supposedly had been swindling money from the ladies for years, even planning weddings with some of his longer relationships.

But really, 17? Sounds a bit ridiculous and also very tiring... he must be a master of time management.

Yuan is now under investigation by authorities after various claims of fraud... sucked in mate.


(He survivied the crash but may not make it out of hospital alive: 163.com)

"He's no James Bond of China is he?" asked Gus referring to the mans looks.

During the show we also talked to one of our producers Max, who told us his own personal story of discovery out of a tragedy.

After his Grandmother passed away, they found something very interesting in her personal effects, it seems she was married to a man before his Grandfather and never told anyone.

Listen back to the full segement below.

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Tags: Mr Yuan, China, 17 Girlfriends

Posted: 8 April, 2015

Supergrass On John Farnham, Sam Armytage, Aussie TV & More

Triple M's Supergrass delivers another week of rumour and innuendo.

Word on the street is that Edwina Bartholomew was not the first choice temporary replacement of Sam Armytage on Channel 7. Supposedly Armytage has final say on the choices and didnt like the first few.

"I'm getting sick of this Sam Armytage bashing, everyone seems to be out to get her," said MG.

Other stories on the Supergrass table include:

- A very high profile tv presenter was involved in an incident at a wedding last year. Supposedly there is a cover up underway which could explode.

- There's a rumour that John Farnham and Glenn Wheatley have had a falling out and supposedly the current tour that he's on with Olivia Newton-John could fall over.

- The Block producers are going through old content trying to find more drama and an Aussie version of Judge Judy will start next year. 

 

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Tags: Supergrass, The Grill Team

Posted: 7 April, 2015

NRL Recovery Session - Round 5

Matty and MG go through the biggest talking points of Round 5.

Every Monday (Tuesday for today) The Grill Team deliver the NRL Recovery Session including all the hot topics on the table from the weekend. Listen to the full audio below.

Round 5 has been a massive one for footy in 2015, with some very big talking points, especially the drama between the Bulldogs and Souths on Friday.

Topics On The Table (Listen to the audio below)

- Video referees who go against the on-field referees and the holdups they create (MG).

"From now on referees need to say [to the video ref] mate, not sure, have a look for me," MG.

"Rugby League is a far better game without the video referee," said Matty Johns.

- Johnathan Thurston has had two man of the match performances in a row, is he heading to a fourth Dally M?

- What teams are the real deal this year, who will keep going well and who will fall. Will Newcastle and the Dragons make the top 8? Will Manly fall behind this year?

 

 

 

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Posted: 7 April, 2015

Jon Farriss On Working With Sir Viv (And Wanting To Work With McGill)

The INXS legend and drummer has been having fun lately working with none other than cricket legend Sir Viv Richards.

What happens when two legends from entirely different hemisphere's meet at a party?

The end up making a Carribbean calypso style track, inspired by cricket using Sir Viv Richards vocals and the drum stylings of INXS drummer Jon Farriss.

The two met at a party when Farriss was playing with Richard Clapton and as a cricket fan he struck up a friendship with the 'master blaster' Sir Viv.

After that Farriss got Richards into his studio and tried a couple of things out, what eventuated is the song "Smoking Joe" which came out in March.

We were able to get Farriss on the show to have a tell us about working with a cricketing legend and the possibility of doing a track with the 'Sweet Prince' Stuart McGill.

 

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With Sir Viv on vocals they've created a great track called "Smokin' Joe"

In this video: Jon Farriss, Matty Johns, Gus Worland

 

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Posted: 2 April, 2015

Gussy Gets Revenge On MG

It's time for Gussy to get MG back for all the gags they've pulled.

The boys have fooled Gus a LOT over the last couple of years, you may have noticed.

Well, yesterday on April Fools, Gus cracked it and decided to get some revenge on MG.

Have a look how he went...

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In this video: Gus Worland, Mark "MG" Geyer, The Grill Team

 

Also, if you're keen to grab one of those Triple M Footys we're selling them in our Triple M Showbag at the Easter Show. Have a look at them here.

Some Of The Other Gags On Gus

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Matty and MG scare Gus with a story about his pet pig 'Puddles'.

In this video: Gus Worland

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Gus thinks he's getting his portrait painted by a world renowned artist, well he is well known, but not for the reason you would think.

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Pull those pants down Gussy! It's tattoo time!!

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Posted: 1 April, 2015

There's Something Different About The New Grill Team Billboard

There's something special about the Grill Team's new billboard.

Have you seen The Grill Team's latest billboard? We think it looks pretty great, there's something different that we just can't pinpoint what makes it...


Oh that's it! Gus isn't on it. A listener called in to the show to tell us that he saw the new billboard without Gus on it and the boys had no idea it existed.

"Is that the Korea one?" asked Matty.

"There's a picture of MG and Matty Johns but Gussy they've left you off it," said listener Drew.

"You bastards," laughed Gus.

"Research has come back and said that it was 'too busy' to have three people on [a billboard]" explain Grill Team head of promotions Tim Dwyer.

"I don't mind it Matty," said MG.

"It's a great photo," said Matty.

 

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Tags: The Grill Team, Matty Johns, Mark "MG" Geyer, Gus Worland, Billboard

Posted: 31 March, 2015

Grillers Get Fooled By A Voice Activated Door

The boys have fooled each other a million times... this time, everyone's getting fooled.

The Grillers get to have all the fun while their producers do the hard yards. 

They do all the setting up for them to fool each other, fool celebrites and even fool the entire Triple M offices.

Well, this April Fools the producers are getting their revenge by pranking the Grill Team (and also everyone else at the same time).

Using the latest in Voice Activated Technology, they've set up an automated door. 

Have a look what happens.

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Time to get the boys back and show them what it's like to be fooled.

In this video: The Grill Team, Gus Worland, Matty Johns, Mark "MG" Geyer, Merrick Watts

 

There's nothing the Grillers love more than a good gag. As long as it's on Gussy.

Well that's not entirely true, over the years they've fooled a lot of different people, from movie stars like Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, footballers like Sonny Bill Williams and of course, the entire Triple M office.

There's so many to choose from so we've listed off some of the best here, which one's your favourite?

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Three men, one world famous hypnotist. One plane carrying the entire NSW Origin squad. Gold.

In this video: Grill Team, Peter Powers, MG, Gus Worland

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Matty Johns pretended to be Steve Carell's craziest fan.

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Hear what happens when Gus gets a all from a person he believes is from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

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Gus thinks he's getting his portrait painted by a world renowned artist, well he is well known, but not for the reason you would think.

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The Footy Show have just reached 500 episodes, an incredible feat. To celebrate, here's a classic Matty Johns prank on a very young Mark "MG" Geyer.

 

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MG pretended to be Hugh Jackman to get free stuff. See what happened!

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Matty and MG scare Gus with a story about his pet pig 'Puddles'.

In this video: Gus Worland

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How many Jesus' can you fit in a lift? Here's the answer.

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Tags: The Grill Team, Voice Activated Door