30 Apr April Wrap
One of the most exciting months of the year for Max Events saw some crowd favourites and annual highlights come to life for yet another year! With the month bursting at the seams with AFL, football and rugby league, there was something for everyone in April.
Our attention was on Melbourne Victory early, who started the month with their final rostered home game of the A-League season. Victory were able to claim three points over the visiting Wellington Phoenix, in a 2-1 thriller.
The following weekend Max Events headed down South to put Hobart’s Blundstone Arena into a blackout for North Melbourne’s first Tasmanian home game of the season. With a fireworks display, a stadium in darkness, a performance from the local Luca Brasi and a buzzing crowd, the atmosphere was set for what was going to be a huge night of football in Hobart. The trip to Tasmania couldn’t have ended on a better note for Max Events and the North Melbourne Football Club with a dominating 116-30 win over the Carlton Blues to seal what was an exciting night for our crew as well as our client.
With the entire Max Events team back in Melbourne, Melbourne Victory had one final challenge set in the AFC Champions League, against Shanghai SIPG, before moving into the A-League Finals. The young team did not leave the crowd or the club disappointed with an impressive 2-1 win over the visitors, and goals from Pierce Waring and Jai Ingham. It was exciting to see the positive momentum Victory had gained, as the anticipation of their performance in the Finals Series mounted.
With the A-League Official 2017/18 Fixture completed, Max Events set sights on working closely with the Football Federation of Australia for the A-League Finals Series, Melbourne Storm with their renowned ANZAC Day clash and Hawthorn FC hosting their first home game in Tasmania.
Week one of Finals saw Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory both host in two AAMI Park block buster Elimination Finals. The two hosting teams were able to keep the home crowd happy, with both City and Victory successfully overcoming Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United respectively to go through to the Semi-Finals.
But before Max Events could set their sights on travelling to Sydney and Newcastle for the Semi-Finals, we were in the midst of preparing one of the most exciting shows of the year for us! Melbourne Storm hosted the New Zealand Warriors in the notorious ANZAC Day Clash at AAMI Park. Our crew were able to put together an outstanding light show, black out, headshot presentation and indigenous performances from both Australia and New Zealand for the almost sell-out crowd! With over 25,000 people in the seats of AAMI Park, the atmosphere was enough to send tingles down any viewers spine. This was only the start of what was a night to remember for Melbourne Storm, overcoming the visiting Warriors, in a dominant 50-10 performance on the field.
With the Max Events team still buzzing from an exciting show for Melbourne Storm, the crew moved interstate for the A-League Semi Finals in Newcastle and Sydney, and Launceston in Tasmania for Hawthorns first home game in Tasmania for the 2018 AFL Season.
With Hawthorns first home game set to be a blockbuster against St Kilda. The Hawks started their event with a huge stadium blackout at UTAS Stadium, accompanied with a spectacular fireworks display programmed to a song sung live at the stadium by Australian A-Lister Samantha Jade. The pre-game show brought the crowd to their feet, creating an ecstatic atmosphere for the home side. This proved to be a motivating start to what would be a successful day on and off field for Hawthorn, with a convincing 89-54 win over St Kilda.
From one state to another, the other half of the Max Events crew were set for an equally rewarding weekend in New South Wales, with two huge A-League Semi Final clashes. The first of the finals were held at McDonald Jones Stadium, with the Newcastle Jets hosting Melbourne City FC. The match took a turn against the home side with Melbourne City securing a 14th minute goal, before responding with a dominant second half including two goals, one of which was to go viral as Riley McGree’s scorpion kick had the crowd in awe, to bring the Newcastle Jets to their first A-League Grand Final since their win in 2008.
The team to be facing off against Newcastle in the 2018 A-League Grand Final was to be decided at Allianz Stadium, the home of Sydney FC, as they took on the veterans of finals, Melbourne Victory. The Big Blue became the game and final of the season, filled with highs and lows for both teams, endless challenges and moments of triumph. It was the match that brought the attention of the nation to game of football, people to the edge of their seats and the teams to a whole new level of athleticism. With four goals on the board, two per team, the final was sent into overtime during the last 10 seconds of the match. After a short break and opportunity for teams to regroup, the two halves of overtime began. The second half turned the 2018 Sydney Semi Final into the ultimate story of redemption. In the 117th minute, Terry Antonis found himself on the wing of the pitch, facing numerous Sydney FC defenders. Against all odds, the midfielder found his way around all obstacles Sydney’s defence could throw at the 24-year-old for him to find the back of the net and send the Victory bench and supporters into overdrive. The underdogs had knocked off the reining A-League Champions, Season Premiers and overall favourite to find themselves heading into their sixth A-League Grand Final.
With April finishing on a high for the Football Federation Australia, Melbourne Victory, Hawthorn FC, North Melbourne FC and Melbourne Storm, Max Events continued to watch its clients flourish into the month of May. We move forward to what will be a huge month in sport with seasons starting for some, finishing for others and plenty of world class events for the month of May!