Roar's finals experience wins through in A-League decider

Wanderers' Wollongong connection Brendon Santalab and his teammates came up short. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Wanderers' Wollongong connection Brendon Santalab and his teammates came up short. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Sunday's grand final was yet another glowing endorsement for the A-League.

The competition's two best sides provided a mouth-watering decider in front of more than 50,000.

Unfortunately for Wollongong fans, Brendon Santalab and his Western Sydney Wanderers couldn't get the job done, but I think the now three-time champions Brisbane Roar were deserved 2-1 victors.

After falling behind, the most successful club in the competition's history showed every ounce of the big-game experience that has seen them claim all three grand finals they've contested.

It brings to a close another absorbing A-League season for them, but it's not the end of the road for the Wanderers.

They'll meet Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the first leg of their massive round-of-16 clash in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.

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The Wolves's 6-1 win over Manly United on Saturday has been a long time coming.

While we hadn't been getting the results we were after in recent weeks, the signs were there that a strong performance was just around the corner.

Saturday's win was proof when we put it all together, we can be a competitive force in the National Premier League.

Most important, the result should give the boys some confidence leading into three more crucial fixtures with St George, APIA Leichardt and Marconi.

Now is not the time for us to rest on our laurels, so another strong performance this weekend is vital if we want to get moving up the ladder.

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