More than a few Queensland-based CACC members faced off in good-natured fashion over a beer and finger food at a recent reception hosted by the chamber at a Brisbane ice rink.
They were feted at Iceworld Bondall in mid-May as a warm-up to the start of a two-game ‘Brisbane Battle’ between the Melbourne Ice and Sydney Bears, organised by the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).
Garnet Radford, CACC’s Queensland Chair, was “impressed by the 600-strong crowd and the enthusiasm shown by the 25 CACC members who attended the reception.”
An avid hockey fan himself, Garnet had co-founded a local team, the Blue Tongues, which represented Queensland and played from 2004-12 in the AIHL. He was delighted the AIHL had organised a series in the sunshine state after a hiatus of four years, noting the league has many talented Australian and overseas players, with some being drafted into the NHL.
“It was great to see so many familiar faces from the Blue Tongues’ days,” he reminisced.
The members came from a variety of organisations including Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Air Canada, Golder & Associates, Logan Office of Economic Development, QADO and Balance Advisory.
Erin Burchill, Managing Director of online retailer O Canada, which specialises in Canadiana, said the reception was a great opportunity to network with business connections in a ‘familiar’ rink setting and then watch some excellent hockey.
“I had valuable conversations with a few local businesspeople, which I’m confident will lead to partnerships in the future, and I was pleased with the quality of the attendees. My guest had never watched a hockey game before, and neither had a few of the other attendees, so it was a unique setting for the non-Canadians amongst the group,” she said.
“During the game, we enjoyed rinkside hospitality where we could continue the conversations that we had initiated prior to the game. All in all, a fantastic afternoon and it would be a setting that I would seriously consider for future business engagements, for both Canadian and non-Canadian clients and guests,” she added.
In the AIHL’s first game in Brisbane, since 2012 and at Boondall since 2007, the teams were greeted with a sell-out crowd and a cheering atmosphere, making for an absorbing contest.
In the first game, the Melbourne Ice came away 3-2 winners in a shootout against the Sydney Bears. The Ice then went on to sweep the Brisbane Battle weekend with a 3-1 win over the Bears at Iceworld Acacia Ridge the following evening.
O Canada was a sponsor for the Brisbane Battle series and Erin gave a Player of the Match award to the Melbourne Ice's goalie, Troy Davenport, after the Saturday game.