DEFENCE KEY: Brothers Aston Villa player Blake O'Brien in action in the NewsMail Cup final.
DEFENCE KEY: Brothers Aston Villa player Blake O'Brien in action in the NewsMail Cup final. Craig Warhurst

Villa focuses on finals against Waves

BROTHERS Aston Vila could still be without captain Josh McInnes for this weekend's match against Waves.

Missing since the NewsMail Cup, which was the last time these two teams faced each other, the midfielder will need to get through the teams final training session to be deemed fit to play.

With today being the final round of the regular season in the Wide Bay League, coach Glen Sparozvich said he won't be rushed back ahead of the finals.

"We won't be taking any risks on him,” he said.

"It is going to be a matter of waiting and seeing, at best he will be only be on the bench anyway.”

The news is further compounded with the loss of defender Hayden Scarborough for the match with an illness.

Despite that Aston Villa sees the match as a perfect contest for the finals.

With Waves in second ahead of this weekend, the two teams could actually face each other again next week in the first week of the finals.

After Waves also won the last contest 4-2, Sparozvich said the match would prepare them well for the finals.

"It's a good thing for us to play a quality opponent this week,” he said.

"We have nothing to lose and it will allow us to play and prepare for the right finals mentality.”

They will also be working on one area in particular.

"Our defence is going to be the key,” he said.

"The four goals last time was the most conceded in the season, so we want to reduce that and keep a clean sheet.”

For Waves they need just a point to keep second on the ladder.

With plenty of confidence from their earlier season result, coach Jason De Papi said the team will be aiming for the win.

All the action will start at 6pm at Martens Oval.



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