There are 64 current members who took the plunge with an unknown club in a new competition playing a breakthrough format of the game back in the first season of the KFC Big Bash League.
Some were dyed-in-the-wool Queensland fans who enjoyed the Bulls playing in the original Big Bash T20 competition. Others were new to the game and intrigued by what was on offer from the team in teal.
Lehmann, the inaugural coach, was responsible for putting together the Heat’s first line-up that included modern day legends Matthew Hayden, Dan Vettori and Brendon McCullum as well as young guns like Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting.
He recalled the air of excitement and uncertainty that surrounded the first game, against the magenta-clad Sydney Sixers at the venerable Sydney Cricket Ground.
“Everyone had a bit of trepidation about how things would be received, and that feeling was never too far away in that first season,’’ Lehmann said.
“But we got things going and attracted some great people to our games. It’s quite remarkable to catch up with some of the members from the first season and hear their stories.
“Some of them have had their families grow up with the Heat and it’s very humbling to know they have stuck with us through thick and thin. We certainly value them highly, as we do all our members and fans who come along to watch us or barrack for us on TV.”
No topic was off-line during the online discussion, with members quizzing Lehmann on potential recruits for BBL|10, how the team will win on the Gold Coast this season, and how the club was staying in touch with its Afghanistan recruits Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan.
Members will again be among the first to learn of key Brisbane Heat announcements this summer, with memberships on sale during September.