31 May May Wrap
Max Events’ month of May was filled some of our most memorable events for the year!
The who’s who of Melbourne gathered at the Palladium at Crown on the first Friday of the month for Melbourne Victory’s famed Victory in Business Grand Final Luncheon. Guests were entertained by singing sensation Maria Maroulis who opened the luncheon with an absolute show stopping performance. The highlight of the luncheon was insights from Victory players and coaching staff off the back of a huge win over the much-favoured Sydney FC in the Semi Final which saw them on their way to Newcastle for another Grand Final appearance to truly cement their position as the most successful club in A-League’s history. The event concluded with the ever-popular Vince Sorrenti who ensured all 1,400 guests left with a smile on their face.
With a Grand Final on the horizon the Max Events team hit the ground running when they touched down in Newcastle to make all the months of planning and preparation a reality for the sold-out crowd. Newcastle turned on an absolute stunner of a day for Grand Final, the stadium filled up early and the atmosphere for the match was set. We began the night with a blackout, followed by a performance and light show from the internationally renowned DJ act, The Stick Men.
With what was the biggest sporting event to come to the coastal city, the whistle blew, and the crowd roared into action. It wasn’t long before the ball was to find the back of the net, with Kosta Barbarouses scoring in the 9th minute of the first half. The rest of the game saw brave saves from both keepers, fighting defence and bold attacking from the teams, but Victory were able to hold the 1-0 lead until the final whistle. Victory had come from fourth position on the ladder, to defeat the reigning-premiers in the semi-final and take down the home team and strongly supported Newcastle Jets to obtain their 6th A-League Championship title, a feat never achieved by any other team in A-League history.
The celebrations of the momentous win continued throughout the week for Melbourne Victory as the focus shifted to the end of season awards the following weekend, Victory Medal. The awards night saw over 800 players, staff, stakeholders and fans flock to the Palladium at Crown to rejoice in the successful season that was. As the night went on, the room was able to acknowledge the efforts of one player, Leroy George, who had an enormous input into the success of the team and who claimed the 2017/18 Victory Medal.
Whilst Victory’s season was wrapping up, it was the start for two of our other sporting teams, the Collingwood Magpies Netball team and the Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball Club. Both teams were to kick off their home games with stadium blackouts and bustling crowds to push them that one step further on the court. The Magpies were able to claim a dominating 64-45 win over the visiting Thunderbirds, with the Lightning having to fight to the last minute only to go down by one goal on the Sunshine Coast to the Giants.
After two big opening home rounds for Lightning and the Magpies, they were to go head to head in one of the final matches of the month for the Suncorp Super Netball League. Lightning were able to dominate the first three quarters, with Sunshine Coast leading by 8 goals heading into the final quarter. The Magpies showed strength in the final quarter to bring the margin to a single goal in the final minutes of the game. With huge turnovers happening from both teams, the crowd were brought to the edge of their seats. The final whistle saw the visiting Sunshine Coast Lightning rise to the challenge of the piece, taking home the four points for the win and an additional three bonus points in the two-goal nail biting match.
Lightning continued their success, in their final home round of the month, hosting the Adelaide Thunderbirds with an impressive 60-51 win.
May also saw Max Events work with North Melbourne in Hobart for their second Tasmanian game. North took on GWS Giants with a convincing 112-69 win over the visitors.
We now move into the month of June, settling into the winter sports with plenty of annual highlights to come. Be sure to watch out for team Max Events as we bring you everything creative, events and production!