On road to redemption for the Stripeys
FOOTBALL: Bingera is hoping to turn despair into a triumph tonight at Martens Oval.
The club will return to venue this week to take on Brothers Aston Villa in the Wide Bay League finals, one week after losing to The Waves in the NewsMal Cup.
On offer for the winner is a spot in the grand final.
But Bingera coach Brett Kitching said the side wasn't thinking about that earlier this week.
"The boys were devastated to lose the NewsMail Cup,” he said.
"The disappointing part were the goals we conceded. The first two were defensive errors and the third was a gift.
"We led 1-0 and couldn't go on with it.”
The players are putting all of their energy on getting the Wide Bay League, starting against Villa.
"We've got the squad to do it,” Kitching said.
"If we can keep a clean sheet we'll win the game. We have the scoring power to score goals.
"But they are rock solid and have a youthful attacking squad.”
Bingera hasn't beaten Brothers Aston Villa this season with a draw and a loss in their two meetings.
"We weren't full strength in those matches we played against them,” Kitching said.
"The aim is to be in the right positive state of mind, anything can happen.”
Looking to stop Bingera will be a determined Brothers Aston Villa squad looking to right the wrongs of last year.
The side was knocked out in straight sets in last year's finals by the United Warriors and The Waves.
"The players have been upbeat this week and we had decent numbers at training,” Villa coach Glen Sparozvich said.
"We'll be focusing on getting Bingera stretched through our attacking third and creating plenty of chances.”
Sparozvich said the side was almost at full strength and said he hoped the experience of last year would help.
Tonight's loser will face The Waves or Sunbury next week.