2005: Birth of the Fighting Squids
In April, a group of Australians met in downtown Fort Lauderdale to discuss the formation of an Australian Rules Football Club based in South Florida. The plan for the new club was to make it a social and sporting club where people for not only Australia, but the whole world could meet and enjoy the social aspect of a true Aussie Football Team
Our Mission is to put together a AFL team to play against Tampa and Sarasota in the Florida Metro League, with the intention to send players to the National Championships as part of The Florida Redback's. While playing is our fist intention, we also hope to surround ourselves with a group of people who love a beer, socialize and enjoy everything that make living in South Florida the best place in the United States
Joining the USAFL and entering the Florida Metro League, we played our first game against Tampa on a wet September day. History was made with our first ever competitive game and subsequent win. With a great all round performance the Fighting Squids ran away with the game in the final term.
FIRST GAME REPORT - September 27, 2005
Fort Lauderdale vs. Tampa
1st quarter 3.0 (18) 2.2 (14)
2nd quarter 7.5 (47) 4.3 (27)
3rd quarter 9.9 (63) 8.5 (53)
4th quarter 16.10 (106) 8.6 (54)
After the devastating Hurricane Katrina passed thru Florida, the game was played 16-on-16 in rain, overcast and windy conditions. Fort Lauderdale had a dominating defense and made better use of the breeze, which was a very strong wind in the final quarter. The game was an excellent hard fought competition which remained relatively even for three quarters, but was broken open by Fort Lauderdale in the final term.
Best on ground were Chris, Jarred, and Coops. the Bens had very good games, and David, Gavin, and Danny showed great improvement and contributions.. Major goal kickers for Fort Lauderdale were Coops 3 and Tim H 3.
· Top — Royal Blue and White
· Shorts — White
· Socks — Royal Blue