IT WAS a big day, a big night, a big season — and yes, there was magic in the air.
You could call it a fairytale finish or an intoxicating dose of reality. Either cliche will do the job.
And now they've finished the job, the Blacktown Magic wouldn't care what was said.
So many fairytales have become reality.
The Blacktown Magic were formed from nothing just two years ago, and entered a team in the Sydney suburban Australian football competition.
They were the proverbial motley crew of AFL players from elsewhere preserving their religion in an alien land, joined by those who had never played the game before.
They made the grand final.
After captain and aspiring director Brad Whale produced the video, the Magic last week won the inaugural Swisse suburban club-of-the-year award and $5000 from almost 1500 entrants throughout Australia.
On Saturday the romantic tale had its happy ending when the Magic beat Randwick City Saints 11.11 (77) to 10.6 (66) in the division three grand final.
Then the Magic and the large supporter base they've built repaired to their sponsor's venue, the Ettamogah Hotel.
"We're loving it; we're very excited," understated Magic player and the club's PR spruiker Patrick Barclay.
"About 70 per cent of the club had never played before.
"They came from rugby league, union, soccer. Now we've got new players wanting to join for next year.
"We are encouraged by the excitement around the club, and looking to continue to grow."
The grand final win has the Magic promoted to second division next season. They fielded a fifth-division team this year and aim to have a junior team.
Blacktown led by a point at quarter-time, two goals at half-time, 26 points at three-quarter time and then withstood a late Randwick charge.
Leighton Corr was awarded the best player medal for his many possessions across halfback and setting up attack.
Michael Clinch was a powerhouse up forward, providing a central target for kicks all day and attacking the footy.
E.J. Barclay kicked three goals in the third quarter.
Andrew Polkinghorne and Dean Connors won plenty of ball in the midfield, and Daniel Clifford and Josh Mann did a stellar job down the back on the tall Randwick forwards.
This was a victory for the true believers — and Australian football was the real winner.