Community Diary, February and March 2010

The months of February and March provided much excitement in the community for Melbourne Victory, with the Hyundai A-League Grand Final and launch of the club's AFC Champions League campaign.

The months of February and March provided much excitement in the community for Melbourne Victory, with the Hyundai A-League Grand Final and launch of the club's AFC Champions League campaign.

The final home game of the Hyundai A-League season against North Queensland Fury provided the opportunity for the Victorian Champions League Gold Medal Night to be held pre-match in the Victory Room. This event acknowledged the achievements of the winning teams and individuals from across the state in the inaugural year of the competition.

Melbourne Victory stars Adrian Leijer, Carlos Hernandez and Glen Moss visited Whittlesea Ranges Junior Soccer Club for their junior registration day, a visit courtesy of La Ionica. The players were on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos and have a quick chat with the budding young footballers. Evan Berger, Nathan Elasi and Mathew Theodore also visited the Campbells store in Geelong, a visit thanks to Schweppes.

Fifty children from the Drum, an African Family Centre in Carlton, Carlton Primary School and Drummond Street Services were treated to a clinic with Melbourne Victory stars Grant Brebner, Leigh Broxham, Kevin Muscat, Tom Pondeljak and Nick Ward thanks to major sponsor Intralot.

Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League campaign kicked off with the home match against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, which provided Greenvale United, Point Cook Junior Soccer Club and Jells Park Primary School the opportunity to be the match day ball squad, flag bearers and mascots.

Melbourne Victory players Billy Celeski, Mate Dugandzic and Luke Pilkington were on hand to meet visitors to The Lord Mayor's Student Welcome at Federation Square. The event not only greets new international students but also welcomes local, regional and interstate to Melbourne. Young guns Matthew Foschini and Aziz Behich joined in the celebration of cultural diversity at the VIVA Victoria Festival, which featured the 60 different cultures in Victoria.

The Hyundai A-League Grand Final was hosted in Melbourne and not only provided a great spectacle on the pitch but also provided a great opportunity for a number of junior footballers from Brighton Soccer Club being drawn as the match day Ball Squad for both the National Youth League and Hyundai A-League Grand Finals. Bundoora United juniors had the unique experience of being mascots for the Sydney FC team while Hampton Primary School students formed part of the pre-match entertainment, waving the Come Play mat.

Melbourne Victory's second home ACL match against Kawasaki Frontale saw Croydon City Arrows as the match day ball squad, Mitcham Primary School as mascots and small-sided games participants and Point Cook Soccer Club as the official flag bearers, and brought to a close what was an exciting couple of months in the community for Melbourne Victory.

Click here for the February/March photo gallery.