In the good old days, Perth’s stockbrokers would steer clear of anything that had a sniff of authority and rules, when they were not openly flouting them.
It appears, though, that times are changing.
An operative for The Note saw evidence of this at the weekend when attending the opening day of Perth’s top hockey league.
While the corporate news of the day was that lawyers DLA Phillips Fox had signed up as financial supporters of hockey, it was the signage on the back of the umpires’ shirts that really caught our man’s roving eye.
Brokers and corporate adviser Argonaut had its logo splashed all over refs’ gear, in fashionable purple no less.
Mind you, it’s safer territory than the footy. No calls of white maggots here because a lot of the hockey umpires are former top players and some still compete in the leagues they are blowing the whistle for.
Argonaut says it had such good feedback from sponsoring the umpires for amateur rugby that it looked around for another sport with a lot of players but less exposure to the corporate dollar.
Watch out, they’ll be on the back of ASIC’s shirts next.
Speaking of all things athletic, it doesn’t get much more sporty than Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
The Note’s spy there for the occasion of the formal investiture of new members at the club couldn’t help noting a couple of the more business-oriented yachties who were being welcomed into the fold.
Cedar Woods managing director Paul Sadlier and Sandfire Resources chief Karl Simich were among the listed company heads that joined up in what was a busy evening.