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The Grill Presenters

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TOM URQUHART

Tom Urquhart – been knocking around for years now. Worked as a journalist in London and Dubai.

Has been with Dubai Eye since its inception and hosted the station’s daily sports show ‘Sports Talk’ for many years before branching out into lifestyle TV.

Currently also hosts The Agenda here on Dubai Eye, as well as finding time to herd the flock of Grill panelists each Saturday night.

MARC ARCHERMarcArcher

Archie spent most of his youth backpacking around the globe with a cricket bat in one hand and a sleeping bag in the other. His adventures took him to many obscure cricketing outposts including Ireland, Corfu, and Greece, and also included stints in England, South Africa, and his native New Zealand.

Once he decided to get a “proper job” he took a role in Sports Management looking after a stable of professional cricketers, rugby players, and tour golfers, based out of London.

When “Jerry Maquire” decided to stop “showing the money” to these athletes, he began working with companies and brands who invest money in the sports industry, and has taken on roles in the States (working primarily in the National Football League and various other leading US sports) and also in the UAE, where he has worked for an International Sports Governing Body and Government Agencies.

He does not know much about anything else, but he does know his international sports!

Chris_250CHRIS MCHARDY

Head of ARN Sports and sports presenter for Sports Tonight on Dubai Eye.

A long-suffering Manchester United fan… after all it is one season and counting since they last won anything!

Loves a stat, Roger Federer and any Scottish football manager, David Moyes included.

CARL VAN ROSENVELDTcarl_250

Known to all listeners as CVR on the Grill, the 6′ 2″ former UAE number 8 hails from Cape Town, South Africa but has made the UAE his home base for the past six years.

His passion for sports can be heard in his broadcasting style as he covers all events around the globe as they happen.

After retiring from rugby his next big challenge is the Dubai marathon for 2015 and maintaining a single digit golf handicap.

He believes the Springboks will win the 2015 World Cup and Manchester United will end in the top 4.

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Ross embraces all things Uncle Sam and is an American sports expert. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he grew up cheering for everything Pittsburgh (NFL: Steelers, MLB: Pirates, and NHL: Penguins) and has an extensive wardrobe of black and gold clothing. 

After bumming around a tennis court for most of his youth he attended Ohio University gaining his bachelors and masters degrees in Sports Management then packed up his bags and went to work across the United States.

He has worked as a marathon race director, managed the United States Air Force’s tennis program, and most recently worked as an athletic administrator for a Division One Athletic Department at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Having moved to Dubai to see what the international sports scene will bring, Ross is continually taking in local and international sporting events. When not on The Grill he enjoys a game of golf, tennis, fishing and announcing running races! He is still confused about cricket!

BRIAN MURGATROYDBrian-Murgatroyd

Journalist and media professional for almost 25 years, who media managed the England, then Australia cricket teams and was head of the ICC’s media and communications operation for four years.

In between times he’s written four books (three of them with Ricky Ponting and one with Alec Stewart), contributed to all the world’s major news agencies and has commentated on any number of sports from beach soccer to diving to cricket to football to tennis to golf.

Still wondering what life has in store. A Dubai resident since 2005.

robbieROBBIE GREENFIELD

Robbie is the editor of Golf Digest Middle East, the region’s top golf magazine.

A longstanding member of Dubai Eye’s on-course commentary team for prestigious European Tour events like the DP World Tour Championship and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, when Robbie isn’t talking or writing about golf, he is invariably playing it (with varying degrees of success).

Away from the fairways and greens, Robbie is proud to hold a winning record over the mighty Ben Jacobs in Dubai Eye’s Fantasy Football league, and would cite completing the 2013 London Marathon as the closest he’s ever come to resembling an athlete. 

LAURA KINGLaura King

Laura has lived in Dubai for nine years.

During this time she has reported on the metamorphosis of horse racing in the region from the early years of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Nad Al Sheba, to its current home at the world’s smartest racecourse, Meydan.

A keen distance runner, Laura is usually to be found pounding the streets when not in front of the camera in her role as Presenter/Producer for Dubai Racing Channel.

ClarkDavisCLARK ‘CLARKY’ DAVIES

Clark ‘Clarky’ Davies has had a long, diverse and undistinguished career pursuing his passion for sport. He has competed regularly at various times in club cricket, swimming, triathlons, golf, tennis, had a long career in the Victorian Amateur (Australian) Football League and has competed for many years in inshore and offshore yacht racing around the world.

Whilst Clarky’s achievements can be described as mediocre at best and there still remains plenty of room in the trophy cabinet at home, his insight into the physical and mental challengers of sporting endeavors cannot be questioned.

When it comes to sport Clarky is The Grill’s ‘Armchair expert’, not that qualified to give an opinion, but a voice of reason that does not know the meaning of sitting on fences.

DAMIAN ‘BRANDOS’ BRANDYDamianBrandos

Damian ‘Brandos’ Brandy — former cricketing journeyman who despite being tipped for a big future in the game at age 13 by former England and Essex legends Graham Gooch and Neil Foster (Goochie’s words were “I want to see your name up in lights son”) – the England call never came.

Highlights of a short career in professional cricket include hitting Graham Thorpe into Leicester town-centre during a championship match playing alongside the likes of Javagal Srinath, Virender Sehwag, Brad Hodge and Shahid Afridi.

He went on to launch Middle East Cricket Magazine in Dubai, with star columns from the likes of Zaheer Abbas and Mahela Jayawardne and now works as a sporting specialist for home grown communications agency Seven Media… as well as giving it a bit of a bash on The Grill!