30 Jun JUNE WRAP
Max Events had yet another exciting month in June. Starting with Melbourne Storm, taking on the Knights in a convincing 40-12 win in front of a home crowd at AAMI Park.
The first weekend of June saw the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball Finals Series, where Netball Australia engaged Max Events to manage the Sports Presentation for the 2017 Finals Series. The first week saw two of our clients, Magpies and Sunshine Coast Lightning, hit the court. Lightning took out the top of the ladder Vixens, to claim a home court advantage and direct entry to the Grand Final.
The following week we worked with the Melbourne Vixens to host the Giants in pursuit of a Grand Final berth the Giants were victorious and bound for Brisbane in the Grand Final to take on Lighting.
The Socceroos hit Adelaide for a World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The Aussies took out the win over the visitors on the Road to Russia in front of nearly 30,000 people at Adelaide Oval. The Socceroos have 2 more matches in this round of qualification a tough match against Japan away and the final match on home soil against Thailand in September.
Brazil and Argentina were welcomed to Australia in front of a sold-out crowd at the MCG. We turned off the lights and entertained the crowd with a lighting show with powerful music and headshots in darkness before the teams entered. Over 95,000 people filled the stadium with a mammoth roar as the players entered. With Messi in the starting eleven, Argentina were able to claim bragging rights over their fellow South Americans, with a 1-0 final score and a goal to Argentina’s Mercado in the 45th minute of the first half.
To complete the Australian leg of the Chevrolet Brazil Global Tour, Australia’s own Socceroos had the opportunity to test their skills against the world’s best in front of nearly 50,000 spectators.
The following weekend we had a big Saturday night across 3 states, with the Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final in Brisbane, USA v Canada Ice Hockey Classic in Sydney and Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.
The Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final pre match show involved black outs and on court projection sponsored by Nissan which saw one lucky netball fan take out $25,000 for her, $25,000 for her netball club and Nissan threw in a brand new Nissan X-Trail for the family. The atmosphere was indescribable, with deafening cheers for both sides filling Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Giants began their Grand Final game strong, dominating the first quarter. With quarter time breaking their momentum, Lightning could regroup and set a strong, fierce and quick pace that Giants were not able to match. With the two teams having a goal separating the winner in their two previous matches throughout the season, Sunshine Coast Lightning were out to prove a point, dominating the final half to set an outstanding final score of 65-48. The battle was well fought by both teams, and we congratulate our very own Sunshine Coast Lightning on an outstanding season and claiming the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Championship.
To match the win in Brisbane, Lightning’s partner club, Melbourne Storm took the win against Cowboys in Golden Point! Storm celebrated Multicultural Round with a Multicultural Festival on Gosch’s Paddock and performances on field pre match. With major players on the sidelines for both teams due to State of Origin, this week was an opportunity for debutants and rising stars to make their name known in the League. The game was taken to Golden Point, with the youngsters of Melbourne Storm treating the crowd to a commendable come back. Brody Croft, pulling on the senior Storm jersey for the first time, showed why he was called up by scoring the winning field goal to bring the win to Melbourne. Melbourne Storm maintains the top spot of the NRL ladder heading into the finals parts of the season.
From one hard hitting sport to another, Max Events welcomed the annual USA v Canada Ice Hockey Classic. The international stars of ice hockey from the USA and Canada were greeted by huge, buzzing crowds in both Melbourne and Sydney as they took to the ice. The reigning champions, Canada, took out the first leg of the tour with a strong win in Sydney before the USA dominated in Game 2, taking the Melbourne match into extra time in order to decide a final tournament winner which ultimately went to Canada.