Posted: 28 November, 2014

Remembering Phillip Hughes

With the sad news of Phillip Hughes, The Grill Team heard from Warnie and others.

Phillip Hughes and good mate David Hussey for Australia ODI (Getty Images)

25 year-old cricketer Phillip Hughes' passing yesterday absolutely shocked everyone.

Family, friends, everyone in the cricketing community and Australians everywhere were absolutely shattered by the terrible news.

On The Grill Team this morning we're celebrating the life of an amazing cricketer and an all around great guy.

The boys picked up an interview with Shane Warne talking to our mates at Triple M Melbourne.

"I spent a bit of time with Phil and as you said, you know, his second Test match 100 in both innings against South Africa in South Africa, 100 on debut in a One Day International, I mean this kid had so much talent," explained Warnie.

"It's hard to put into context the devastation of how this has affected everybody not just the cricket community...but everybody."

Warnie also touched on the issue of the upcoming first test match against India saying, "I think people need time at the moment so I'm not really sure if the Brisbane test will go on or not."

MG also talked about his own similar experience with his mate, young Panthers player Ben Alexander passing away.

"The last thing on our mind was playing footy," explained MG. Listen to the full interview below.


Cricket Writer Robert Craddock on The Grill Team

We also had one of the most respected cricket writers Robert 'Crash' Craddock onto The Grill Team, to remember Phillip Hughes and go through how this will affect cricket in Australia.

"Devastating was that sort of incident that transcended sport didn't it and made an impact on wider Australia in society," said Crash.

When they asked Crash whether he thought that the upcoming test will go on he said, "What will happen, cricket Australia will get all the players in a big room and they'll say 'what do you think?'." Listen to the full interview below.

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Tags: Phillip Hughes, Cricket, Cricket Austalia

Posted: 27 November, 2014

MG's C'mon Man

MG brings the boys the weirdest stories from the week.

We're loving MG's new segment C'mon Man that he "borrowed" from an ESPN NFL tv show while in America.

It's a pretty simple concept, MG shares with the boys some of the weirdest / funniest stories he's seen over the week and if they find something funny, out comes the "C'mon Man!"

C'mon Man this week includes..

  • An American prison who's got four female guards pregnant while in jail for attempted murder.
  • An alcoholic in America has revealed she drinks hand sanitizer to get her daily fix.
  • Someone in the Wallabies trashed their dressing room after their loss to Ireland on the weekend...who was it?
  • A tweet from a listener said "Boys is it just me, or does Benny Fordham's replacement on the Today show, Timmy Gilbert, look like Liberace?"

Listen to the full audio below.

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Tags: C'mon Man, Mark "MG" Geyer, Matty Johns, Gus Worland, The Grill Team

Posted: 27 November, 2014

Rare Footage: 5 Year Old MG

We've dug into the archives and found some rare footage of MG.

5 year old version of MG: YouTube/mrblueangeldood

MG can get a little tounge-tied sometimes.

It looks like it's been a problem since birth as we see from this rare footage of MG as a 5 year old that we dusted off from the archives.

Ok, maybe it isn't MG but we're pretty sure this kid is related because they definitely have the same way of "talking."

Hear MG's talking skills on The Grill Team

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Tags: Talking, Kid, Mark "MG" Geyer

Posted: 26 November, 2014

Outpouring Of Support For Phillip Hughes

Matthew Hayden and others join The Grill Team, rallying for Hughesy.

Phillip Hughes sporting the baggy green for Australia: Getty Images

Late yesterday, we heard the awful news that South Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was put in a critical condition and taken to hospital after being hit by a bouncer.

He was playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG match when he was struck by a short delivery from NSW paceman Sean Abbott.

As many reports came out we struggled for accurate information, we now know that Hughes was given mouth to mouth resuscitation on the field and then taken to St Vincent's hospital in a critical condition.

With that news one of Cricket Australia's beloved sons had been injured, a great outpouring of well wishes came from many people.

One of those rallying for Hughes is a friend of his and one of Australia's greatest batsmen, Matthew Hayden.

"He's a proper chap as they say, just loves cricket for the right reasons, always flies under the radar...and a very good cricketer," said Matty Hayden.

"What about the bouncer, sports make changes when incidents like this you foresee...some changes to the rules where bouncer are concerned?" asks Matty.

"I just think if you take away that from the game, it takes away that combative nature of the game, as I said we're not running into massive human men [like rugby league] but actually you just want to challenge yourself," explained Hayden.

Listen To Matthew Hayden's full interview with The Grill Team


We also heard from Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, who was saddened by the incident but amazed at the support from not only Aus but also overseas for Phillip Hughes.

"Shocking news and just a freak incident and terrible injuries coming from it but it was remarkable to see the way in which I guess the incident has galvanized people in terms of support and not just here in Australia and also all over the world," explained James Sutherland.

Listen to the full interview with Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland below.


Channel Nine producer Will Dempsey also talked to the boys about being at the field when Phillip Hughes was hit by that bouncer.  

"I woke up this morning and just happened to turn on the today show and I've seen the vision again...and you can only imagine what the players that surrounded him immediately would now be going through...the entire day was a very, very unfortunately circumstance," said Will Dempsey.

Listen to the full audio below.



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Posted: 25 November, 2014

Gus Races MG's Daughter Rafferty

Is Gus faster than a 7 year old? Let's see...

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Can Gus beat MG's 7 year old daughter Rafferty in a foot race? Let's see...

In this video: Gus, MG, Matty

All last week MG was taking on 5th Graders to see who was smarter. Well, he didn't go to well, but that didn't stop Gus having a bit of a laugh.

Well, MG's daughter Rafferty stepped up and challenged Gus saying "I bet you're not faster than a seven year old."

MG's daughter Rafferty lays down the challenge to Gus.

With all his recent training and marathon running, you think he would be ready for this challenge, check out the video above to see what happened when Gus raced Rafferty.

Gus finishing the New York Marathon was an incredible achievement, but it looks like he's not built for speed.

PHOTOS: Gus Races Rafferty

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Tags: Gus, MG, Rafferty, The Grill Team, Race

Posted: 25 November, 2014

David Otte Helped Save Quakers Hill Baby

It was an extremely lucky series of events that lead to Daivd Otte and his daughter helping rescue this abandoned baby.

The baby was found down a drain pipe next to a bike track along the M7 in Quakers Hill: AAP

Over the weekend we heard an unbelievable story about an abandoned newborn who was dropped down a storm drain in Quakers Hill.

He was only a couple of days old when found, malnourished, bleeding but luckily in a stable condition.

David Otte was there when the baby was found, with himself and his daughter helping two other men to free him after riding past on his bike and 'hearing a sound' that himself and his daughter thought was a kitten.

"It's one of those stories, when I first heard it, it just leaves you with a crook feeling in the pit of your are you an Hayley [David's daughter] travelling? Because I can imagine it could be pretty bloody harrowing," asked Matty.

"I'm not too bad...Hayley is doing alright, she's not sleeping real well, it's not something you want your daughter to go through, look no one should ever go through this to be honest and not that little boy. He had no chance, he couldn't climb up that ladder, he couldn't get through that hole, he couldn't do anything...if it wasn't for the two other guys and us, that little boy would've definitely perished," explained David.

Listen To David's Full Account Of What Happened

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Posted: 24 November, 2014

Supergrass On Paul Gallen, Tim Sheens, The Today Show & more.

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

Triple M's Supergrass has delivered The Grill Team another week of rumour and innuendo, including rumours that Paul Gallen is supposedly thinking of qutting NRL and taking up boxing full-time, depending on the outcome of his upcoming bout.

“I think the sour taste of that $35,000 which was $50,000 it’s still lingering, obviously, once the footy season starts he might have a change of tune,” said MG.

Also, in more NRL rumour, reports are that Tim Sheens is under real pressure to keep his Aussie coaching role and Robbie Farah is going nothing to dispel these rumours. Farah is supposedly upset with being left out of the Four Nations final.

Other stories on the Supergrass table include:

  • There are rumours of in-fighting at the Today Show over Karl’s suit 'lesson'. Lisa was going to write a story about it in Woman's Day which annoyed Karl who got in first.
  • Some people at Channel Nine aren’t happy with Tim Gilbert (sports reporter) on the Today Show, there were supposedly other options who were further ‘up the line’.
  • 2GB and 2CH owner John 'Singo' Singleton is reportedly about to purchase 2UE with plans to turn it into a sports talk station but would need to sell one of the others first.
  • A high profile female radio host has been labelled a ‘nightmare’, there are rumours that co-workers have been spitting in her coffee and coughing on her microphone to make her sick.

“God I thought Gus was the only one who got spit in his coffee,” joked Matty.

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Tags: Paul Gallen, Tim Sheens, The Today Show, John Singleton

Posted: 24 November, 2014

Alex McKinnon Fundraiser In Hunter Valley

Matty retells some stories from an Alex McKinnon event over the weekend.

Hundreds of people converged on Aberdeen, Alex McKinnon’s hometown, for the Aberdeen’s All for Alex (AA4A) black tie event to raise funds for the Rise For Alex Fund Video: Newcastle Knights official website

Triple M's Matty Johns went home to the Hunter on the weekend to see the family and go to the Alex McKinnon fundraiser in Aberdeen in the upper Hunter.

Matty was amazed at the amount of people attended, in such a small town, nearing the holidays some huge figures made the trip like Wayne Bennett and NRL CEO Dave Smith, alongside ex-players like Marc Glanville, Michael Hagan and, of course, Matty Johns. 

"A lot of support, a lot of ex-players, it was just a great night," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

He also mentioned how humble Alex's parents were and re-told a great story from full-time coach and part-time comedian, Wayne Bennett. Listen to the audio below.

Alex McKinnon was born in Aberdeen and played his junior football for the Aberdeen Tigers, before the Newcastle Knights forward tragically suffered a spinal cord injury in Round 3 of the 2014 NRL Season.

In the wake of McKinnon’s accident, the Aberdeen community formed a committee in affiliation with Aberdeen Rugby League Football Club called 'Aberdeen’s All For Alex (AA4A)' to enable funds to be raised for Alex McKinnon’s rehabilitation and ongoing care. Rise For Alex official website:

Matty Johns on Triple M


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Posted: 24 November, 2014

The Wiggles 2014 Year In Review Song

The Wiggles cap off a great years with a little song.

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The Wiggles are back in the Triple M studios, this time wrapping up a great 2014 with their "2014 Year in Review" song.

Australia's favourite children's performers put their twist on the biggest topics of the years, mixing in some original lyrics capping off a year that included; NSW wining origin, the Rabbitohs winning the NRL, a shirtfronting Prime Minister as well as other pop culture references.

All in all, it's been a pretty great year!

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Posted: 20 November, 2014

Let's Help Frank Carlino

With the news of the Chester Hill attack against an elderly man, the boys have banded together for him.

UPDATE: After speaking with Frank Carlino’s granddaughter Teresa this morning, Triple M Sydney's Grill Team received an overwhelming number of calls, Facebook messages, Tweets and emails with offers of cash donations for Frank.

This afternoon Frank’s family have thanked the public for their support and have asked any donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE: All donations will be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The 86-year-old Frank Carlino was attacked on Wednesday morning, having been lured into a carpark in Chester Hill at about 9.45am by a woman allegedly on the premise of getting a lift home after having just visited the bank. Full story below.

Earlier On Triple M

CCTV footage of the Chester Hill attack against Frank Carlino: Channel Nine

Update: The third assailant in the brutal Chester Hill attack against Frank Carlino has been apprehended by police.

Police have confirmed that all three are now in custody, with charges soon to be laid.

Also, in a recent interview with Channel Nine news, Mr Carlino said that "he felt nothing" for his attackers and that he was not angry.

He suffered two vicious punches to the face by an unnamed 29 year old and also suffered injuries after falling.

The robbers have been convicted of stealing $570 from Mr Carlino and are reportedly known drug users with previous criminal records.

With the news of the attack earlier in the day, The Grill Team's Mark Geyer offered to repay Frank's lost pension funds and also received an outpouring of support and donations from Triple M callers.

Frank Carlino fields questions at a press conference: Channel Nine

Listen to the boys discuss the Chester Hill attack on Frank Carlino and talk to Frank's granddaughter Teresa Henri.

Earlier On Triple M

Two women have been charged over a cowardly attack on an elderly man at Chester Hill in Sydney's west yesterday morning.

86 year old Frank Carlino was lured into a carpark, about 9.45am, by a woman allegedly on the premise of getting a lift home having just visited the bank.

Instead a man can been seen on CCTV footage lurking in the background before he punches Mr Carlino from behind with the pensioner falling to the ground where the man and woman pounce, robbing him of cash.

When the Grill Team heard about the attack they were very distraught about the disgusting attack.

And with that we the boys had a chat about what they could do for Frank Carlino.

"Me and the boys just had a chat here in the studio, and look if any of Frank Carlino's family are listening or they know Frank, we're going to give him...back into his back pocket what he lost, this bloke didn't deserve that," explained MG.

The boys said that they were willing to pay Frank back everything he lost plus a little more and put a call out to anyone who was willing to give Mr Carlino a little helping hand in his time of need.

The response was absolutely overwhelming with an outpouring of offers to Mr Carlino. More details to come.


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Posted: 20 November, 2014

Producer Em's Close Shave

She took to the skys in the Red Baron stunt plane.

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While the whole Grill Team has been going out and experiencing 'close shaves' it looks like producer Em might have picked the short straw.

Gus went on a skywalk, Matty and Pagey went on a jetboat and MG experienced the water jetpack. But Em got something much more extreme, an adrenalin pumping adventure flight in a Red Bull Air Race stunt plane called the 'Red Baron'.

The plane goes like an absolute rocket - 410 km/h, a climb rate of 2000 feet per minute and a staggering roll rate of 360 degrees per second.

Needless to say Em wasn't very impressed and was a little out of her comfort zone, luckily we had cameras in the cockpit!

Hear the full audio and interview with Producer Em


Producer Em gets scared before the flight: Triple M

Producer Em posing with her pilot: Triple M

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Producer Em after the flight: Triple M

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Posted: 19 November, 2014

The Worst Parts Of The Grill Team

It's not always fun an games at The Grill Team, here are some of the worst parts.

Skins aren't the worst things that Gus wears in the office: Triple M

The boys heard that recently, Liam Hemsworth said the worst part of his job was kissing Jennifer Lawrance because she had garlic breath......yeah right!

Well that got us thinking, what's the worst part of working on The Grill Team, so we asked the team not only Matty, MG, Gus and Pagey but also our producers.

"It's only been something that's happened in the last six's just about the first day without your skins on," explained Matty.

"Mate, those skins...I've got about 5 or 6 pairs of skins so they're not the same pairs," Gus interjected.

"Look, skins are skins, tight are tights, mate honestly they're that crook," said Matty.

Matty also went around the office to see what they could do it make them a 'better Grill Team for Triple M' (with most of the answers about Gus's attire).

Worst parts of The Grill Team & some improvements for Gus.

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