Four BIG Quarters of Entertainment

Officially endorsed by the AFL, we will be bringing you four quarters with half time entertainment that will rival the big dance itself.

The event will be presented by ‘voice of the AFL’ Craig Willis and Collingwood AFLW and Magpies Netball big shot, Sharni Layton. Fox Footy’s ‘Bounce’ will be live on stage with Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley, talking all things footy ahead of the biggest weekend of the year. You’ll be up on your feet for a live rendition of “Up There, Cazaly” by Mike Brady plus more guests and entertainment to be announced!


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Craig Willis

Known as ‘the voice of the AFL’, Craig has spent more than 30 years as a presenter and announcer on our major networks and is an icon of Australian footy. Covering the biggest games from ANZAC Day, to the AFL Grand Final itself, there’s no match too big for Willis. Having joined us for more than 20 years at the Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final Lunch, we are very excited to welcome back an icon of Australian footy.

Sharni Layton

Jack of all sports, Sharni Layton is a former netballer for both Australia and the Collingwood Magpies in the Super Netball League. Having three gold medals under her belt, she retired from the game in 2018 and traded a bib for boots, joining the AFLW with her beloved Collingwood Magpies. Layton has fast become one of the game’s most lovable characters, winning over fans with her quick wit and signature voice.

The Bounce

The stars of Fox Footy's The Bounce join us live on stage! Hawthorn Football Club legend Jason Dunstall is one of the game's greatest full-forwards and is known as the greatest Queensland born player of all time. Joining him is Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley, one of the most respected figures in the AFL, with a 25 year career as a player, coach and media personality. These two larger than life footy personalities will be having a lot of fun kicking goals for kids at this year's lunch.

Mike Brady

It's not grand final time without Mike Brady! This legendary crooner will join us to belt out the classics - including the iconic “Up There Cazaly”. This footy anthem was the biggest selling local single of its time, with sales in excess of 250,000 and has become the unofficial anthem of all Australian Rules Football fans. His song “One Day In September” is part of football language, alongisde the sentimental favourite, “That’s What I Like About Football. 

Why You Should Join Us

  • All new look and feel – enjoy four quarters and half-time entertainment
  • Enjoy a three-course lunch with fine wines and beer
  • Rub shoulders with some AFL legends as well as stars of the modern era
  • Have your photo taken with the Premiership Cup when you arrive
  • Win a brand new KIA Cerato with our $1000 raffle
  • Be inspired by our Variety Young Sports Achiever
  • Prizes, auctions and much, MUCH more!

Whether or not your team gets the call up in September, The Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final Lunch is set to be a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss out!

The Cause

The best bit, is that your money and all proceeds from the event will go towards helping kids in need, get a fair go in life. This year, we’re fundraising to provide four assistance dogs, each valued at $30,000 for Victorian kids. 

Assistance dogs have a life changing impact for a range of families and are trained to help out in different ways. An assistance dog can alert a child to a forthcoming seizure, assist them in managing a physical disability or illness or supprt a child with autism and sensory issues to join in with their community. 

Join us for this iconic event with the knowledge you'll be directly impacting the lives of three Victorian kids in need.

The Footy Lunch With Heart