Sport & Life (S & L) is hosted by likeable Australia sporting larrikin Sam Kekovich and two time Olympian and sports broadcaster Leon Wiegard.
S & L features a special guest from sport each week (or politics, show business etc who has an interest in Sport)
Its non- stop chat-cast with the emphasis on the lighter side of sport (which means it’s very funny) and guests who have a background as a star athlete, administrator or simply a love of sport.
We've been fortunate to have some of the biggest stars of sport and life on our show so we thought why not compile some of the best interviews from over 50 episodes. We showcase grabs from Doug Hawkins, Merv Hughes, Ray Warren, Wally Lewis, Billy Brownless, Doug Walters, Jimmy Cassidy and John Ribot. Enjoy as we stroll down memory lane for some great insights and plenty of laughs.
The guys catch up with Richmond goal kicking legend Matthew Richardson. Sam tries to wind Richo up about his inaccuracy in front of goal and is returned serve with an interesting stat. We also chat about his transition into the AFL media.
We chat with founder and owner of 'ICook Foods' Ian Cook to explain one of the biggest scandals of recent times. Ian's company was forced to close down back in Feb 2019 after they were linked to a Listeria case resulting in the death of an 86 year old woman. The case becomes intriguing when the central piece of evidence revolves around the discovery of a slug in their factory. Ian explains the story in detail and the ramifications could be immense once the matter is resolved in the courts.
We chat with Australian world champion woodchopper David Foster. David was the best in the world for a record 21 years in a row and has won over 1000 titles throughout his career. We chat with David about how he got into the sport and why he remained on top for so long. We also chat about Tasmania and the challenges he's had with his home state.
We chat with 211 game player for Hawthorn and 4 x Premiership coach in the VFL/AFL David Parkin. Parko chats about his playing days at Hawthorn and how he ended up at Glenferri Road. He also talks about the many challenges as coach throughout the journey, and the pain he felt dropping Troy Bond for the 1995 AFL Grand Final.
We chat with 277 game veteran for the Collingwood Football Club, the great Wayne Richardson. Richo opens up about his career and why he had to sit out the entire 1965 season prior to playing for the Magpies. Sam tries to work out why Collingwood could not win a grand final during his playing career and we find out what Richo got up to post his playing days.
We chat with Footscray great and Vice Captain of their 'Team of the Century' Doug Hawkins. We chat to Doug about how he ended up at the dogs and some of the highs and lows of his time at the Western Oval. Doug opens up about his transition into the media and why he left the Footy Show when it was on top of the ratings.
We chat with Adelaide Crows senior coach and former Sydney Footballer Matthew Nicks to find out the reasons for the Crows resurgence up the AFL ladder. Sam tries to dig into what happened at that famous pre-season Adelaide camp in 2018 and we talk about Matthews playing career with the Swans.
We chat with New Zealand and Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Jim Cassidy, who is one of only three jockeys to win over 100 Group 1 races. 'Pumpa' gives us the story behind his nickname and some hilarious insights to some of his greatest victories including the 1983 Melbourne Cup victory aboard the horse 'Kiwi.'
Bob Ansett is a business entrepreneur and best-selling author who needs little introduction. The story of how he built Budget Rent a Car from scratch into a multi-million dollar international business – only to be overtaken by a financial crisis – has been well documented in his three best-selling books, Bob Ansett – An Autobiography, The Customer and The Meaning of Success.
We chat with Bob about his time at the helm of the North-Melbourne Football Club, how he started Budget, his role at protecting Noosa from high rise commercial take over and where he thinks Australia is at in comparison to the rest of the world.
Leigh Matthews was named the 'player of the century' and inducted as an inaugural official Legend of The Australian Football Hall of Fame, the highest individual honour that can be bestowed upon a football personality. Leigh had a stellar career as a player, winning 8 best and fairest awards at Hawthorn during an era when they won 4 premierships. He then went on to coach 4 premierships, one for Collingwood and 4 for Brisbane.
We chat with Leigh about his career, his nickname 'Lethal' and how he made the transition into coaching.
Ray 'Rabbits' Warren is the iconic voice of the NRL. He's been involved in commentary since 1967 as is revered in the industry as one of the best characters in the game of Rugby League. We chat with Ray about his career beginnings, why he left the police force and his fear of flying which left him out of the 1984 Olympic Games commentary team.
Barry Michael is a former IBF Super Featherweight Champion who's boxing career reached its peak when he fought Lester Ellis for the title back in 1985. We chat with Barry about his boxing career and life after sport. Barry is now a boxing commentator and at one point ran for a senate seat back in 2013 representing the Palmer United Party.
Wally Lewis is one of Rugby League's most well know players and personalities. Wally is regarded as one of Rugby Leagues greatest ever players. His career spanned over three decades from the 70s to the 90s playing in 31 State of Origin games, captaining Queensland in 30 of them. We chat with Wally about his career, his upbringing and some of his greatest matches. And it wouldn't be an interview with 'The King' without chatting about some of his greatest fights on the field.
Winner of seven grand slam doubles titles as well as a career best ranking of 25 in the world, John Fitzgerald is a household name in Australian tennis. Captain of The Australian Davis Cup Team for over 10 years, Fitzy knows the ins and outs of Australian tennis more than most. We ask him about his career and where are the current crop of players at, particularly with their 'off court' behaviour.
Ian Meckiff is a former Australian Test cricketer who played 18 tests for Australia and is famous for three things. Firstly being run out by Joe Solomon in the first tied test in history back in 1960. Second being called for throwing by umpire Col Egar in 1963 against South Africa which ended his career. And thirdly an inaugural member of the Vingt Cinq Club. We chat with the Count about his career and the early days of the Vingt Cinq.
John Eales AM is an Australian former Rugby Union player and the most successful captain in the history of Australian rugby. In 1999, he became one of the first players to win multiple Rugby World Cups. We chat with him about his career beginnings, his favourite grounds to play on and what are the keys to success not just in sport, but in life.
Billy Brownless played 198 games with the Geelong Football club throughout the 80s and 90s and has flourished in the media post his playing career. We chat with Billy about his time in Geelong, insights to Gary Ablett Snr and some of his classic sportsman night yarns.
A veteran of the sports journalist world, Ron Reed is a recently retired sports journalist and author with more than 50 years experience. Having covered most major sporting events in his time, Ron shares great experiences around international sport, Australians at the Olympics, the coming of age of women's sport and anecdotes from dealing with some big names in sport. He's recently released a book titled "War Games" where he talks about his father Private William Cecil Reed who was a prisoner of war in Nagasaki and survived that horrific event when tens of thousands of others did not.
Mark Allen is a former professional golfer turned radio broadcaster who has had his fair share of ups and downs throughout his career. He recently overcame stage 4 cancer when given only a 5% change of survival. Mark opens up about overcoming his cancer battle and urges everyone to get regular checkups with a GP. We also chat about Mark's professional golfing career which included playing the 1999 British Open and crossing paths with Tiger Woods, albeit at the urinal.
We chat with one of Australia's greatest cricket characters Merv Hughes. Merv represented Australia in 53 tests and took 213 wickets from 1985 to 1994. Merv opens up about the travelling Ashes sides from 1989 and 1993 and the day he took a hat-trick against the West Indies at the WACA. He also talks about the issue of sledging and his famous run in with Javed Miandad.
We chat with former Richmond player and coach Barry Richardson about his illustirous career both on and off the field. He opens up about his playing days at Richmond during the glory years and why he left the role as club President after one season in 1985. Barry has also been a physio to the stars and chats about some of the famous names in world sport he has treated, including Sam Kekovich.
We chat with Australian Football and Carlton Half of Fame inductee Geoff Southby who was one of the finest full backs in the history of the game. Geoff opens up about his career and the disappointment of missing two Grand Finals during Carltons dominant era of the 70s. Geoff also opens up about his various battles off the field as well as a classic story about the day Bruce Doull lost his headband.
We chat with the father of the Melbourne Storm John Ribot as he opens up about how a NRL side was formed in Melbourne. We chat about the tense times of the Super League and how for three months John had live in security. We also talk State of Origin and what builds a successful culture within all the organisations he has been a part of.
We chat with 1987 Norm Smith Medalist David Rhys-Jones about his career at South Melbourne / Sydney then heading across to the Blues. He settles the score on why he spent so much time at the tribunal and Sam shares some funny story about their days at the Hammerheads back in 2002.
We chat with another legend of AFL/VFL football Kevin Sheedy. He opens up about his playing and coaching career as well as his brief stint in the army. Sam and Kevin butt heads over the future of GWS and we get his insights about one of his most successful football concepts, the Anzac Day game between Collingwood and Essendon.
Robert Walls won three flags as a player and one as a coach. But the ride has had plenty of highs and lows along the way. We chat with Robert about his playing days and the fallout from Carlton which lead him to Fitzroy. We then chat about the transition into coaching and his sacking from Carlton in very tense circumstances. Robert then talks about the move to Brisbane and his final tenure at Richmond. Robert now resides on a small farm and helps out with local footy, which still remains a strong passion of his.
Geoff Henke is a former Australian ice hockey player and Australian Olympic Committee official. He was the chef de mission of the Australian Winter Olympic delegations from 1976 until 1994, and is credited with ending the neglect of winter sports in Australia. We chat with Geoff about his journey and a famous altercation with Speed Skater Colin Coates at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Doug Walters is one of Australia's best ever cricketers and characters. He played 74 tests for Australia and 28 ODI's. We chat with him about his career, meeting the Queen, being conscripted to the army and what he thinks of modern day cricket.
Gerry Ryan OAM is regarded as one of Australia's best businessman but also investors in racehorses and sporting clubs. Being an integral part of the Vingt Cinq club, we know Gerry well, so decided to pick his brains about his many investments and the keys to their success.
Terry Henderson has been the CEO of OTI Racing and Bloodstock since 1999 and has won almost every major cup in Australia. We chat with Terry about his career in the horse racing industry and how did he build his empire which currently stands at over 100 horses.
We chat with 5 time grand slam singles winner Frank Sedgman about his career on and off the tennis court. Frank won Wimbledon in 1952 and is the last male player to win all three disciplines (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) in the one tournament. Frank talks about who was his toughest opponents over the years and how hard the decision was to turn pro. We also open Frank up about what sort of money was on offer back then and who paid his bills. A fantastic insight to an amazing career.
We catch up with arguably Australia's greatest ever cricket captains Allan Border. He opens up about his life and cricket career which spanned over 15 years. We debunk the persona around his 'hard edge' and open up the other side to 'Captain Grumpy.' We also chat about the late Dean Jones and the effect of his passing on AB.
Enjoy the story of the great Herb Elliott. Herb won gold at the 1960 Olympics and broke the four minute mile on seventeen occasions. Herb has also had a successful career off the track in business with Puma and the Fortescue Metals Group. We ask Herb about the secrets to his success in Sport and Life.
We chat with Collingwood Premiership player Jarryd Blair about his career at the magpies. He opens up about his early days with Gippsland Power and how he landed a spot on the rookie list at Collingwood. We then chat about the emotional scene in the film 'Collingwood from the Inside Out' where Jarryd is told his career as an AFL player is over. A fantastic chat with a fine player and person.
Andrew opens up about the early days of his career and shares a funny story about his first public speaking engagement with Leon. We chat about his Olympic journey and carrying the flag at the 2000 Sydney Games. Andrew opens up about the tragic loss of Danny Frawley and the legacy he had left behind.
We chat with inaugural West Coast Eagles President, and Sydney chairman of 20 years Richard Colless. He discusses how hard it was for the West Coast Eagles to join the AFL competition and all the added hoops they had to jump through to make it happen. He then opens up about the amazing culture that was developed at the Swans and how they went onto Premiership success.
We chat with Laurie about his early days playing for Assumption College and coming across to Fitzroy in the late 70s. Laurie shares stories with Sam about his ethnic heritage and compare school yard lunchboxes. Laurie also talks about the merger between Fitzroy and Brisbane and what it was like being on the inaugural board during that time.
We chat with Mick about his 174 game career as a player and 718 games as coach of Footscray, West-Coast and Collingwood. Mick talks about his relationship with Nathan Buckly and Eddie McGuire as well as his thoughts on the current state of the game.
We chat with special guest Kim Hughes about his career and some of the more colourful characters he played with in that time. We also ask about the off field drama with World Series Cricket and how that changed the game forever.
With a jam packed weekend of sport ahead of us there were plenty of topics to discuss. Are Richmond the real deal in 2020? Is the correct phrase 'WAGs' or 'significant others?' And who to look out for at the 2020 Tour de France which begins on Saturday under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Media personality and winner of the 1993 Stawell Gift Jason Richardson drops by to chat about the resurrection of the iconic race. Jason talks about the betting plunge on him the year he won, and the effect the win had on his coaches and immediate friends and family. He also drops a long shot tip for the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
We chat with one of Australia's most successful horse trainers Peter Moody. He talks about his return to racing after four years out of the sport and gives insight into the reasons behind his suspension. Peter opens up about what it was like training the worlds best ever sprinter, Black Caviar. He also tells a funny story about the time he met the Queen during the Royal Ascot carnival.
We chat with former St.Kilda president Andrew Plympton about his time at Moorabbin and how the Saints came close to merging with Carlton. We also dig into the circumstances that lead to the sacking of Stan Alves. He also chats about his sailing connections and his membership on the Australian Olympic Committee executive.
We chat with AFL Hall of Fame legend Des Tuddenham about his career and why he left Collingwood to play for Essendon. Des talks about his commitment to training and why he was a successful player throughout the 60s and 70s. Sam also plays psychologist and tries to work out why Collingwood lost three Grand Finals during Des's playing days.
We check in with three time Brownlow medalist Bob Skilton to see how he's travelling after breaking his shoulder. Bobby also reflects on some of his toughest opponents throughout his career and the transition from South Melbourne to the Sydney Swans.
We chat with Australian Cycling legend John Trevorrow who opens up about the highs and lows of his career and the current state of cycling. Sam throws the hard questions at 'Iffy' about the current lycra clad middle aged men along Beach Road. We also talk about John's passion for the Tour de France and connection with the Mitchelton Scott team.
We chat with Coleman Medalist and former Footscray full forward Simon Beasley as he chats about life on and off the field. A stockbroker by trade, Simon was also at one stage one of Australia's biggest bookmakers who had his fair share of dramas with the regulators and the punter.
Simon Crean opens up about his love for the Kangaroo’s and his 23 years in Canberra. We also find out who he would most like to share a bottle of Chardonnay with on another episode of Sport & Life with Sam & Leon.
In this episode hear the inside story of Mal Brown’s late entry to League football in Melbourne, and what an impact !!—already a legend in Western Australia as a “hard nut” player at three clubs and as a successful captain-coach, Mal’s football journey is intriguing, captivating, hilarious and incident packed. And yet there is more to Malcolm than most would know—so, you won’t want to miss a word.