Premier throws his support behind Victory

Melbourne Victory’s first Chairman’s Function for season 2012/13 was a huge success, with almost 500 people filling the Limelight Room at Etihad Stadium on Friday night for the Melbourne Derby.

Melbourne Victory-s first Chairman-s Function for season 2012/13 was a huge success, with almost 500 people filling the Limelight Room at Etihad Stadium on Friday night for the Melbourne Derby.

The club welcomed a range of special guests who addressed the crowd, ahead of the Hyundai A-League season opener. Premier Ted Baillieu was among the dignitaries and spoke passionately about the importance of the Melbourne Derby on the Victorian sporting calendar and also praised Victory for hosting such a high-quality event.

Melbourne Victory Chairman Anthony Di Pietro, who also spoke on the night, said the high turnout and number of VIPs in attendance showed the Chairman-s Function continued to be an important match day tradition.

Mr Di Pietro praised the Club-s corporate partners for their contribution in making the event a success.

Federal Minister for Sport, Minster for Multicultural Affairs, and Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness, Minister for Small Business, The Hon. Brendan O-Connor, President of the Legislative Council, The Hon Bruce Atkinson, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, The Hon Richard Dalla-Riva, State Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire, Football Federation Australia CEO, Ben Buckley, Directors of Football Federation Australia Brian Schwartz AM and Jack Reilly, Head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien DeBohun, Melbourne Stadium-s Limited newly appointed CEO, Paul Sergeant OBE, QANTAS Socceroos Assistant Coach, Aurelio Vidmar, Professional Football Austrlia Chief Executive, Nick Holland, Football Federation Victoria President, Nick Monteleone, Melbourne Heart CEO, Scott Munn, General Manager AAMI Park, Shane Mates, Network 10-s Helen Kapalos, Fox Sports Chief Operating Officer, John O-Sullivan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chief Financial & Commercial Officer, Tony Hallam, the Consule General of Chilli, Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm and Melbourne Victory Football Club Chaplain, Father James Grant, also joined Mr Di Pietro and Mr Baillieu at Friday night-s function at the Limelight Room in Etihad Stadium.

For more information about the next Chairman-s Function, visit www.melbournevictory.com.au.