31 May MAY WRAP
With the Grand Final stage now set for the A-League, after two weekends of exciting football across the eastern side of Australia, Max Events brought all our grand plans into one for what was set to be a huge weekend!
The weekend began a day early, with the Victory in Business Grand Final Luncheon taking over the Palladium at Crown for a reflection on the season that was for Melbourne Victory. The room was filled with an exciting buzz and atmosphere in anticipation of what could be on Sunday night at the prestigious A-League Grand Final. With over 1,300 guests, the luncheon took off with a special and insightful visit from the head coach, Kevin Muscat, as a quick pitstop on his way to the airport. His praise and positivity overtook the room as the entire crowd was engulfed in his words about the team.
The second stage of Grand Final weekend was a Fan Day, set in the Entertainment Quarter of the Sydney Cricket Ground. This was an opportunity for the fans of Victory and Sydney FC to relax with the company of the premiership team and their competitors. Player signings proved to be a highlight as patrons shook hands with some of the A-Leagues greatest.
Grand Final Sunday brought the sunshine and a light breeze for what looked like an exciting day. Allianz Stadium was all set to host a sell-out crowd with fans already mingling in the precinct area hours before the main event. We started off the show with an impressive performance, integrating the flags of the clubs and making the most of the oversized screens at the stadium, before the players were welcomed to the pitch with a striking firework display to ignite the crowd into a battle of the active ends creating an electric vibe to lead into the first whistle.
With a Berisha goal in the 20th minute, the first half kept the Sydney supporters begging for more from their team. Sydney FC responded in the second half equalise in the 69th minute with a goal from Rhyan Grant. Normal time had the teams locked at 1-1 and extra time still couldn’t separate them. The Grand Final was to be decided in penalties. The crowd was treated to notable shots at goal, incredible saves and, in the end, a 4-2 penalty shootout favouring the home side of Sydney FC. The roof lifted from the stadium with the home crowd erupted while Victory fans commiserated. The sky-blue confetti canons marking the end of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League Season.
The final event on Victory’s event calendar for the year is the ever-popular Victory Medal hosted within the Palladium at Crown. Players, staff, sponsors and fans walked the blue carpet and toasted the team on the season that was. A host of awards were on offer for the night with Captain Carl Valeri taking out the coveted Victory Medal in a close race, which leading into the Grand Final Votes, had a possibility for either Troisi or Valeri to take the title. Ultimately the captains’ consistency was rewarded as he was crowned Victory Medallist for the 2016/17 Season.
Away from the football pitch the Max Events team travelled interstate for North Melbourne, Hawthorn and Sunshine Coast Lightning matches with all teams coming away with convincing wins. The Magpies also took a leap in the right direction, overcoming the Swifts to continue their run to the Super Netball Finals.
With May coming to an end, be sure to keep an eye out for a few new and upcoming events from the team at Max Events as well as some competitions you do not want to miss.