Gather Round SA’s Business Leaders

APR 4th 2024

Event Details


National Wine Centre


Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:00 PM

Celebrating South Australian Tourism and Events

Join us as we kick-start AFL Gather Round celebrations with a long lunch at the beautiful National Wine Centre of Australia. Returning for a second year, the AFL’s new initiative promises to once again capture the hearts and minds of South Australian footy fans.

Emceed by AFL great Matthew Pavlich, our first panel will reflect on the past two-three years, a time in which South Australia has been able to secure several key events on the national and international sporting landscape.

Special guest, former Essendon player Andrew Welsh will share his journey from Essendon Football Club vice-captain to managing regional housing projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars, before our final panel of AFL talent give their predictions for the much-anticipated Gather Round.

Following the event, guests will be invited to stay on for drinks in the courtyard before making their way to Adelaide Oval for the Adelaide Crows v Melbourne game.

Our Speakers

Matthew Pavlich

Fremantle’s most respected and admired player in its history, Matthew Pavlich was long admired as one of the AFL’s biggest stars.

He starred in a number of roles for the Dockers over his 17-year career, becoming the first WA based player to play over 300 AFL games – ending on 353 AFL games. Matthew was a six time Doig Medallist as Fremantle’s Best and Fairest player and was named as an All-Australian six times including in the midfield, fullback, half forward and full forward.

Appointed Captain at 24, he captained the Dockers for a record 9 years which sees him ranked 6th all time for games played as an AFL Captain.

Off the field Matthew obtained both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from University of Western Australia while he was playing. He also completed a 3-year tenure as the AFLPA’s President and a member of their board of directors (9 years). During his career he also spent time on the AFL Laws of the Game Committee.

He has been a brand ambassador for a number of corporate organizations and is now embarking on a blossoming career with Fox Sports and Channel 9.

Matthew also has a number of business interests including PMY Group, Lumin Technologies and PickStar.

Matthew is Patron of Youth Mental Health charity Zero2Hero.

Matthew is married to wife Lauren and they have three young children; Harper, Jack and William.

Andrew Welsh

Andrew is a former Essendon football club vice-captain who played 162 games before retiring at 28 due to injury. Within 2010 he founded Sitetech Solutions, providing the construction industry with on-site safety equipment and site signage, he did this while still playing for Essendon growing it into a profitable business and eventually selling it to a private equity group in 2015.

Outside of pursuing a career in sports media with Channel 7 as a special commentator, Andrew turned his focus and dedication to building Wel.Co where he is Founder & Managing Director.
Wel.Co is a multifaceted development business specialising in building Australian community developments. Wel.Co is involved in some of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated communities. His business continues to grow which now has a $3Bill portfolio of over 10000 homes as well as 50 commercial developments across South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

After returning to Essendon on the Board in 2022 he is chair of the Football Governance Committee overseeing all football programs as well as recently being elected by the board as Vice President.