20 July 2020

Cavalry and Brave build for the future

| Michael Weaver
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Village Building Co CEO Travis Doherty (back row, centre) with the CBR Brave ice hockey team ahead of this Saturday’s final home game of the season. Photos: Region Media.

After dominating their final home game of the Australian Ice Hockey League season, the CBR Brave ice hockey team will build on its partnership with the Canberra Cavalry, with Village Building Co joining the multi-sport organisation as a major sponsor.

The Brave beat the Newcastle Northstars 6-1 in front of a packed Brave Cave at Phillip on Saturday (17 August). They also honoured the retirement of two giants of the CBR Brave, Jordie Gavin and Dave Lewis.

The sponsorship with Village Building Co and partnership with the Canberra Cavalry follows the Cavalry’s move to private ownership and the acquisition of the Brave ice hockey team in a deal that set up Canberra’s first multi-sport franchise.

Cavalry CEO Donn McMichael and General Manager Dan Amodio head an ownership group with the backing of local community member investors.

Village Building Co is a Canberra institution, celebrating 31 years supporting the local community.

Village CEO Travis Doherty said the focus on community makes the company an ideal match for the Brave and Cavalry.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting the CBR Brave and Canberra Cavalry, two amazing local teams excelling in their sport and showcasing Canberra on the national stage,” Mr Doherty said.

“At Village, we believe in creating value and connecting communities and we proudly partner with and support a number of local sporting teams who strengthen the communities in which we operate.”

Village will support the Brave throughout their run into the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League finals as they defend their 2018 title victory and aim to bring the Goodall Cup back to the capital.

The Brave is on par to repeat last year’s heroics, already having broken their own record from last year of boasting the greatest win/loss record in AIHL history, as well smashing their own attendance record this year.

The partnership with Village completes the Brave’s sponsorship for this season and compliments the great local businesses already behind the squad.

“I’m excited to see the CBR Brave defend their title in the finals over the coming weeks,” Mr Doherty said.

“I’ve never played ice hockey, but I love the fierce nature and physicality of the game. We wish the team the very best of luck.”

Village will also receive the title as the major community partner of the Canberra Cavalry baseball team.

The partnership will be headlined by a Community All-Stars Program that will identify some of Canberra’s great local heroes and reward them with special experiences at Cavalry games.

Cavalry and Brave Director Daniel Amodio said he was full of praise for Village, and especially impressed with the great things Village does for the Canberra community.

“We are very excited to welcome Village Building Co to our sponsor family,” Mr Amodio said.

“Their focus on giving back to the Canberra community is a perfect fit for our teams. Our staff, members, and fans will be enjoying the benefits of this partnership and we hope it’s the start of something truly special.”

The CBR Brave will host its annual presentation night tomorrow night, 21 August, at Fenway Public House, where awards will be handed out for the emerging Brave, John Lewis Memorial Award, coaches award, fans’ choice, Dean’s award, most valuable player and more.

Brave fans will also have the last chance to see the side on Thursday, 29 August, to watch the final training session before the team heads into the finals weekend in Newcastle. There are limited tickets remaining, which can be secured by emailing admin@cbrbrave.com.au.

The Canberra Cavalry’s first home game of the ABL Season will take place on 21 November at MIT Ballpark.

Travis Doherty from Village Building Co (centre) with Brave coach Rob Stark and assistant coach Max Ross.

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