To those who've been around Australian floorball a while, Sunday, April 15, 2012 was a historic day. Coining the day "four fifteen"
a la "nine eleven" might be a touch disrespectful, yet the tears shed today by some victorious players were no less real for being
born of joy.
Pakenham was one of the earliest floorball venues in Victoria, as a bunch of children under 10 were introduced to the game over
fifteen years ago. Today those boys came of age.
Many of us have watched over the last five years as the Pakenham Squishees AFO team has looked so promising, but lacked
the experience to deliver the goods. Today that changed, as they comfortably outclassed the well-oiled Northern Beaches machine
to take out their first AFO title, winning 10 goals to 4.
The Squishees were hungry - but that they've always been. Today, however, they showcased the results of a very dedicated
training schedule, and an ever-increasing maturity and court presence aided by their one (yes, just one) overseas-raised anchorman.
For those of us who've witnessed their dedication and perseverance over the years, today was a glorious day indeed. That it
should happen during the first year of "PFC Incorporated", at perhaps the best run AFO yet, at their home venue, made the
fairy-tale all the more surreal.
Congratulations to everyone involved both on and off the court - and best of luck to whoever hopes to wrestle the trophy away
from the boys next year in Brisbane. We've a feeling you'll be needing it - not least because the Pakenham Squishees also won
the Junior title earlier in the day.