A year later and another grand final loss.
Tony Popovic has to be the single most predictable manager in the league, which begs the question - how did he manage two straight grand finals in the first place?
You can imagine his pre-match discussions, "I'll start with Santalab up front and then after 70 minutes Juric will enter. And after 70-75 minutes, Ono will enter the match", to which Milicic replies "Ono's starting today, bro". Popovic corrects himself, "oh, in that case Ono will come off after 70-75 minutes".
Milicic asks, "what will we do if we go 1-0 up?", Popovic replies "we'll treat the ball like a hot potato cuz, don't want nothing to do with it".
There aren't many teams who can capitalise on pure ineptitude. Brisbane can, and did, and are worthy winners in a season they dominated.
I spent the whole match shaking my head at players like Polenz, Poljak, La Rocca and D'Apuzzo, as I do most Wanderers matches I watch. However today I have a sore neck from the head shaking because of all the praise heaped on La Rocca for the entire 120 minutes. So I did feel vindicated that the single worst footballer on the pitch was beaten to a header by a player 3 feet shorter than himself (Henrique), and that it was that moment that decided the match.