Best two into A-League final

FOOTBALL

For Australian footballers, A-League grand final week is one like no other.

A mixture of nerves and excitement takes over in preparation for what could potentially be one of the most memorable days of your life.

I was lucky enough to take part in 2006 during my time at Sydney FC and can safely say it's one I will never forget.

Fittingly, this year's decider will feature the two best teams throughout season nine - the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Brisbane are aiming to take out a record third grand final victory, while the Wanderers will be hoping to reverse last season's grand-final loss to the Central Coast.

Roar fans celebrate after their team qualified for the A-League grand final. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Roar fans celebrate after their team qualified for the A-League grand final. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

If the pair's three meetings during the regular season are anything to go by, this is sure to be a nail-biter.

It's hard not to like the Roar playing in front of 50,000 screaming Queenslanders, but Wollongong fan's should have a soft spot for the region's own Brendon Santalab at Western Sydney.

Santalab has had a magnificent end to the season and has played a crucial role in the Wanderers's charge to a second consecutive decider.

He provided the vital assist for his side's first goal last weekend against the Mariners and will undoubtedly feature strongly again come Sunday.

But while I think he and his teammates will be better for the experience of 2013, for me it will be Brisbane who hoist the silverware.

They've been there twice before and prevailed last weekend in a spine-tingling semi-final against the Melbourne Victory.

While the Wanderers are a completely different kettle of fish, I think Mike Mulvey's men can get the job done to become the competition's most successful club.

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