Experienced Stripeys are aiming to go out on high
FOOTBALL: There's added motivation for Bingera's Simon Rehbein and Laurie Stephenson to win tonight's Wide Bay League grand final.
It could be the final matches of their senior top-division career.
The duo will play in the Wide Bay League grand final against Brothers Aston Villa after coming to the club in the middle of the season when the side lost itsFrench backpackers, who started the season at the club.
Rehbein came out of retirement to help the club and satisfy his own desire to play.
"The boys were four players down so this is my first year back after five years,” he said.
"I've always had itchy feet to come back.
"To be back and part of it, with the guys like Laurie (Stephenson) and Brett (Kitching) who I used to play with, it's been pretty good.”
Rehbein said he'd weigh up his options at the end of the season.
"You never lose the passion to play,” he said.
"We'll see what squad we have at the start of pre-season next year, which might influence my decision.”
Stephenson is lucky to be out there after breaking his toe a few weeks ago.
"I've missed the last four or five games with it but I'm good now,” he said.
"I played last week and it came up fine.
"I'll be ready to go for the grand final.”
This is Bingera's first final in this type of competition since winning the Four Cities League in 2013.
The last triumph in a local competition in the Bundaberg league was all the way back in 2009.
"It's been a little bit lean,” Stephenson said
"We've had the squad but it's just getting the best team on the park as often as you can.
"We've struggled a bit for the last few years, we've struggled a little bit this year but been able to get it right for the business end of the year.”
The side is expected to be full strength for the final.
"It would be massive for the club to win,” Rehbein said.
"To have both division- one sides in the final is great for the club.
"We've worked hard and got there this year.”
Bingera coach Brett Kitching said the focus for the side is the start if they are to win.
"We've been terrible the last few weeks conceding goals in the first five minutes of each half,” he said.
"It's something we need to combat if we are to win.”
Kitching said the back four for the side would be crucial in stopping Brothers Aston Villa as Bingera tries to find the net.
"We are a direct football team, we want to score goals and got the strike power to do it.”
The game kicks off at 7pm.