BLACKTOWN City FC and Bonnyrigg White Eagles go into battle for NSW Premier League supremacy this Sunday at Parramatta Stadium where the victors will take the title of Minor Premiers for 2010.
With these sides finishing first and second on the League ladder following the regular season, there could not have been a better scripted finale.
Aytek Genc's Blacktown City FC enter the final coming off a weekend with no 'serious' football, even though the side has been working hard on the training fields in anticipation of Sunday's final. Positive news for Blacktown City has been the return to full fitness of Tolgay Ozbey, the striker missed the recent 4-0 defeat of Bonnyrigg due to a hamstring injury, though has shown he is ready and up for the grand final match.
Genc will have captain Luke Roodenburg calling the shots out of midfield; the club captain has been instrumental in organising his teammates on the field, especially with the younger players in the group, and is entering his fifth grand final.
In the attacking third, Joel Chianese will have a licence to attack, with target man Tolgay Ozbey vital to his side's chances of success. Ozbey finished the regular season as top goalscorer, and Blacktown City FC supporters will be hoping the marksman has a couple of goals to come in Sunday's grand final.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles enter the grand final full of confidence following a rather impressive showing against Sydney United last weekend. Despite falling a goal behind after only 7' minutes, and struggling to find their feet in the opening 15' minutes, Brian Brown's men turned it all around from the 20' minute onwards, scoring three unanswered goals and putting together a very well polished performance. Milorad Simonovic's marshalling in-front of the defensive line has the side in good order, as does the pace and ball skills of Jamie McMaster, Daniel Severino and Nathan Elasi going forward. Striker Brad Boardman will be the 'go to' man in the front-line, with the quick movement of Elasi and McMaster expected to cause Blacktown City some cause for concern.
Blacktown City FC hold a 2-1 head-to-head lead against the White Eagles from the three times these two teams have met in 2010. The two regular season encounters produced 2-0 victories in both matches for the home-side, meanwhile the recent Major semi-final showdown provided victory to Blacktown City FC 4-0.
In what is expected to be a fantastic afternoon of football at the very impressive Parramatta Stadium venue, supporters of both teams - and the neutrals - do get out there to see some fireworks on Sunday.
In the Grade-20 grand final, Sydney United play host to Blacktown City FC, with the latter hoping to make a winning start for the Blacktown club in this exciting encounter on grand final day, with kick-off set for 12:30 pm.
While at 10am the South Coast Wolves take on Sutherland Sharks in the battle for the Grade 18's Grand Final.
-By Joseph Carlucci