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Soccer nuts ready to Roar

Local Roar fans Tony (left) and Rob Scarcella will be behind their team in the A-League Grand Final.
Local Roar fans Tony (left) and Rob Scarcella will be behind their team in the A-League Grand Final.

WHEN Suncorp Stadium turns orange tomorrow for the A-League grand final, two Ipswich brothers will be doing their best to get the Brisbane Roar home.

Rob Scarcella, from Calvert, and brother Tony, from Redbank Plains, will don their war paint and join the orange army in "The Den" at the Caxton St end of the ground as they dream of another A League crown.

Not that they want a repeat of last year though - Rob at least isn't sure his heart could take it.

"I don't want to see extra time," Rob said. "Not again, I just couldn't go there."

After remaining undefeated for 27 matches, the Roar faltered against the Central Coast Mariners to trail 2-0 with only minutes remaining in last year's grand final before a near-miracle occurred.

Two goals in three minutes levelled the scores before the Roar triumphed in a dramatic penalty shootout.

The brothers, who were fans long before the A League came into being, almost missed the incredible comeback.

"I wanted to go," Rob said. "We'd been the best all year and to be 2-0 down near the end was devastating.

"It was the true ecstasy and agony of a sports fan.

"With two minutes to go I wanted to leave, minutes later it was the best feeling in the world.

"The noise when we scored that second goal was the loudest thing ever."

Tony was clear when asked what he wanted to see on Sunday.

"A win," he said. "Simple as that, but three or four nil would be nice."

The brothers will be joined by Tony's 18-year-old son, Anthony, in "The Den" where the most fanatical supporters gather.

And they wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"Its football passion in there, we just love our team," Rob said.

"Especially the older blokes like us," Tony added.

"We were there before the A League, we are football fans and if we lose we'll clap the opposition."

Let's hope they don't have to.

 

ROAR EMOTION

Tony and Rob Scarcella will wear Roar jerseys and scarves.

They will paint half their faces, warrior style.

Rob will wear his lucky hat.

Topics:  brisbane roar, footbal, soccer



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