All eyes were on Sam Kerr and the superstar of Australian women's football duly delivered by scoring in just the third minute of the new W-League season to help Perth Glory on their way to a barely-believable 4-1 win over all-star champions Melbourne City.
The recently-crowned player of the season in the USA's much-vaunted NWSL continued her fairytale run with a trademark breakaway run and cool finish, opening the scoring before many spectators had taken their seats for the grand final rematch at Perth's AAMI Park on Friday night.
City, bolstered by yet another batch of big-name signings including Matildas Alanna Kennedy and Kyah Simon, had far better of the goalscoring opportunities for the vast majority of an action-packed encounter.
NWSL rookie of the year Ashley Hatch struck the post with a shot, while a refreshed-looking Simon kept Glory goalkeeper Melissa Maizels busy throughout the first half.
Former Sydney FC star Simon eventually got her reward on debut, equalising with a spectacular long-range effort within minutes of the restart as City constantly pressed.
At the other end, Kerr could have doubled her tally only for her lob over the goalkeeper to be scrambled clear.
A superb solo goal from American Rachel Hill saw Glory's lead restored, and suddenly momentum swung back in favour of the home side.
Nicola Bolger soon made it 3-1, before Hill added a fourth in the final minutes as Glory earned a dose of revenge for last season's grand final loss while City were left lamenting a club-record defeat.