Villa wants redemption for last season
FOOTBALL: For Brothers Aston Villa, one word has been in the back of its mind as it chases the Wide Bay League title this season.
Gaining redemption can go one of two ways; you can either struggle under the pressure to get it or embrace it and use it as motivation.
Villa has used it to the latter and now stand one game away from winning the title after losing twice last year to be eliminated from the finals before the decider.
They face Bingera tonight in the decider at Martens Oval.
"We wanted to redeem the mistake we made last year,” Villa player Jaryd Bennier said.
"We didn't go into the games last year with the finals mentality,” Villa striker Blake O'Brien added.
"We've all stepped up this year; we realise what needs to happen and made a few changes to ourselves as well.”
Now, the side is one game away from winning its first grand final since the Three Cities League in 2015.
They have eight players from that squad backing up to play against Bingera.
"We'll definitely used that night this weekend,” Villa captain Josh McInnes said.
"In the end, it is all about heart and getting the job done, doing what you've got to do.”
McInnes said he'll make sure the side does the simple stuff right and leads from the front.
But there are a couple of injury concerns, heading into the clash.
Villa winger Michael Stayte has a hernia injury and has done light running all week ahead of the clash.
"I've had a couple of months off but still played,” he said.
"The week off has helped and I should be right to play.
"My warm-up is pretty essential to playing the game and I'm trying to keep off it as much as I can.”
Stayte said he'd probably start from the bench and try to be an impact player.
"They didn't finish second for no reason, they stick it to us, and are a very good side,” he said.
"We need to work hard on the little things.”
This year is also the 50th anniversary of the club, which Villa coach Glen Sparozvich admits does put a little bit of pressure on them.
"We haven't really talked about it, but I'll make mention of it on Saturday,” he said.
"It would put a little bit of icing on the cake to be grand final winners.
"We've just got to lift one more time, make one more effort.”
Sparozvich said the side needs to maintain possession for as long as it can and convert pressure to goals to win.