Brisbane Roar have won two championships in the last three years but such has been the closeness of the games that they have never lead once during the regulation ninety minutes of play. What sort of drama will be served up this Sunday when they host the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium?
It will be the final game for both Besart Berisha and Shinji Ono at their respective clubs. Ono has been a fantastic ambassador in his two seasons at the Wanderers and Berisha has been a goal scoring machine and a lightning rod for controversy. The last time these two teams met was in the semi final of last years competition when the Wanderers won two nil.
This season the Roar have had the greater consistency, finishing top of the table by a whopping ten points. However, the Wanderers, to their credit, not only finished second in the table but also juggled Asian Champions League duties and have qualified for the Round of 16. They travel to Japan to play San Frecce Hiroshima just three days after the Grand Final.
Whatever happens, it should be a great occasion. Personally, I look forward to Sunday with great anticipation. The Wanderers have some of the best fans in the league and they’re anticipating up to 8,000 of them will be traveling to Brisbane which should help creating a fantastic atmosphere for the game. The Grand Final is nearly a sellout with just a few days left and over 50,000 expected to attend.
It’ll be a pleasure watching Besart Berisha for one last time in the orange and black. Watching him torment and demolish other defenses in the last three years has been a pleasure. Lets hope he can do it one last time for his swan song.