More than a game!

On Wednesday 6 May four cast members from the high rating AFL Footy Show came to St Virgil’s College to conduct a panel show with members of the St Virgil’s College community. The show sold out in just three hours with the Joyce Performing Arts Centre transformed for the evening to accommodate over 380 appreciative footy fans.

Garry Lyon, Billy Brownless, James Brayshaw and Damien Barrett delighted the crowd as part of the all-ages show with anecdotes, tall tales and insights into the worlds of football, the media and big business. Many had tears rolling down their cheeks as Garry recounted his famous cricket performance at the TCA where he came out to face two of the West Indies' fastest bowlers without suitable protection and then proceeded to run out local legend Roger Woolley so he could bat with his boyhood hero, Greg Chappell.

Billy was, of course, Billy and spoke about everything from his boyhood days at Catholic boarding school Assumption College, through to his many adventures visiting country footy clubs (including several in Tasmania) as part of the popular Billy’s Wheel segment.

The panel were incredibly generous with their time following the show, with fans of all ages lining up to get their photo taken or grab an autograph.

The night was magnificently run by the College’s Parents and Friends Association who had just ten days to bring it all together! Their dedication and hard work helped raised funds for projects that benefit all students at St Virgil’s, whilst also providing a great social opportunity for members of the College community.

Whilst the ‘Footy Show’ is larger than life, it was a unique experience for families, students, staff and friends of the College to get up close and personal with the stars and appreciate that whilst they are media performers, they are also parents, partners and members of their own school and footy communities. It was certainly 'more than a game'!