On a balmy summer's night, 41,689 fans packed into the Aussie Stadium to be part of history in the making - the inaugural Hyundai A-League Grand Final - a true David and Goliath encounter in which Football was the real winner.
Football Federation Australia has transformed the game in the space of 24 months, setting up a new and vibrant A-League with average crowds over double the previous best in the NSL.
The Hyundai A-League comprises eight clubs - Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, New Zealand Knights, Newcastle United Jets, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar and Sydney FC.
Central Coast Mariners FC - the league's "blue-collar" club - is unashamedly working class and without stars. The club battled its way to the Grand Final on the back of a tough work ethic and a tight-knit community.
Sydney FC - the league's so-called "glamour" club - features former World Cup winner Pierre Littbarski (coach) and boasts Dwight Yorke, ex Champions League winner with Manchester United and 2006 World Cup qualifier with his native Trinidad and Tobago.
These are interesting and exciting times for Australian football fans - the inaugural Hyundai A-League Grand Final is just the beginning.