Finally, deservedly, courageously, the Olympic Sharks became champions of Australia once again. Fittingly, it was the most expensive player ($110,000) in National Soccer League history who delivered the trophy for a club which, after a tortuous 12-year wait, had at last got a return on its investment.
A 48th-minute strike from Ante Milicic, who finished a move he started on the halfway line, proved enough to get the Sharks home, away from home, in the grand final against Perth Glory before 42,735 fans at Subiaco Oval.
For the second time in three years, the championship trophy was presented in front of a near-empty stadium. The disenchanted Glory fans couldn't get away from the scene of the crime quick enough. Two years prior, it was the Wollongong Wolves who performed the ultimate snatch-and-grab job to come back from a three-goal deficit and claim the title. It was an equally determined Olympic side, which upset the odds and made sure the Glory's heartbreaking quest for a title lasted another year.
The overriding view in the coaching fraternity was, if you stop Damian Mori and Bobby Despotovski, you stop the Glory. With Jade North and Paul Kohler performing brilliant marking jobs on the duo, the platform for a Sharks upset was laid.
Olympic pounced just three minutes after the restart. Milicic evaded two Glory tackles on the halfway line before passing wide to Greg Owens and, when the ball came back to him, moved inside on to his left foot before thumping a perfect shot into the roof of the net.
Milicic later described his 19th goal of the season as the most important of his life. Reflecting the general mood of the Olympic camp, Milicic then said, "Nobody gave us a chance today, so there is no better feeling than silencing 40,000 people. The $5.20 on offer for Olympic is tasting pretty delicious right now."
This design is sure to evoke happy memories for Olympic fans.
Olympic Sharks Take the Title T-shirt
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