Tonight sees another chapter in one of the fiercest yet youngest rivalries in Australian sport between the Wanderers and Victory. Each year has seen another thrilling encounter between the two teams and here is an overview of the best from each year’s fixtures.
Year 1- Tensai with the goal of the year contender.
Between the 3 fixtures running in season 1 there was a clear winner for the best moment, ‘that goal’ by the Japanese master himself against Victory at Wanderland. Running into the final 5 minutes of the half in a close cagey struggle so far, seemingly out of nothing Ono produced pure brilliance.
Knocking down the aerial ball with one touch, taking control with the second and banging the volley into the bottom corner including a cheeky nutmeg on the way through, simply sublime.
Year 2- Finkler steals a point with last kick After another super Santa effort off the bench to take a 1-0 lead in the second half looked set to secure the Wanderers another 3 points in their title charge but Gui Finkler had other ideas.
Earning a free kick in the final seconds of the game, Victory looked to their dead ball specialist to try and save a point at home.
Picking out the top corner and sending Covic into concussion from the post, the crowd went insane as both teams left with a point.
Year 3- Valeri stunner Following a poor A league season the Wanderers looked to steal points against the high flying Victory at Pirtek. However an early poor start for the Wanderers continued with a stunning volley outside the area from Carl Valeri, allowing for the Victory to send the Wanderers hopes of gaining points running.
Year 4- Castalen runs riot Following 6 consecutive wins the Wanderers looked to continue their impressive form against a tough Victory outfit. After weeks of criticism, Dutchmen Romeo Castalen put a show on for the home fans assisting in Bridge’s goal and scoring himself to conclude the match in style.
In our last match the Victory dented our Premiership hopes by beating us in Melbourne, we never got back to top of the League.
Hopefully this year’s first encounter brings another fiery clash and a little vengeance to continue the story of Australian footballs hottest rivalry.