SQUIDS 13.6.84 vs. SAINTS 6.11.47
26 January, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A celebration of national pride, the love of sport and a new beginning took place on a beautiful 80-degree day in South Florida this past Saturday as the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids opened their 2013 campaign firing on all cylinders with an 84-47 Australia Day win over the Miami Saints before a record crowd at the all-new Squid Park.
The opening quarter of the season saw both sides shaking out the cobwebs from winter break. New coaches Phillip and Manny kep themselves busy by offering guidance for seasoned players and several players taking to the field for their first game. With age and experience on their side the Squids were successful in staying on the attack for much of the opening frame, while a younger and fitter Miami side failed to capitalize on the few chances that were presented. Furry broke things open for Fort Lauderdale with two of his game-high five goals during the first as he came in a very close second to Nick for Best Aussie on the Field for the match.
With another four stragglers split between the teams, things improved for the Saints in the second quarter, thanks to some timely adjustments to the game plan. Ash led the way with two of his three goals on the day, while Dipper was on the receiving end of a well-timed hand pass from Jimmy to find his way onto the ledger with a goal. Kiwi R.J. showed some ability to swith codes with a deft searching kick to find Gerard for another score to help Miami take momentum into halftime.
Miami kept its fighting spirit at the start of the second half with its best extended possessions of the day. Unfortunately, accuracy didn't stick around for the Saints when kicking for goal in the third. The fourth quarter showed more of the same as the Squids put the game out of reach to open the season with a win during the South Florida Aussie-Kiwi Club's Australia Day / Waitangi Day festivities. A quality effort for Fort Lauderdale as they look forward to facing off with the Florida Redbacks in Tampa on March 30.
BEST PLAYERSUS Merkin Award (Best American on Ground) - Joe (Squids) & Tom (Saints)OZ Koala Plate (Best Australian on Ground) - Nick (Squid)
HONORABLE MENTIONGerard (RSA) for an outstanding performance without a SAFA award.Adam (Furry) with a game-high five goals.