Melbourne Victory midfielder Terry Antonis says the memory of scoring the winner in last year's Big Blue A-League semi-final will stay with him forever.
There's a growing belief that Melbourne Victory are on track to, once again, upend the A-League's established order and gatecrash the grand final from outside the top two.
But that view is from outside the club, given last year's semi-final hero Terry Antonis insists Victory aren't "cocky or confident" ahead of the clash.
Yet the body of evidence suggests Victory are primed to make history repeat itself, after defeating Graham Arnold's premiers last year en route to the title.
The same task faces Victory on Sunday, when Kevin Muscat leads his club to Jubilee Stadium for another Big Blue semi-final.
This time around, the gap between the two clubs has shrunk.
Last season, Graham Arnold's premiers finished 23 points above Victory in fourth.
This season, the gap was two points, with Victory finishing with a better goal difference.
Last season, Victory went into the semi off a seven-game losing streak to the Sky Blues.
This season, they've beaten the Sky Blues twice already, including an early-season win at Sunday's venue.
Last season, Victory battled fixture congestion and injuries to key players.
This season, they've spared 10 senior players the hassle of a mid-week trip to South Korea for the Asian Champions League.
Sydney FC took their stars abroad in the hope of progressing on in the tournament.
And then of course, there's the oft-cited 'mental edge' of winning on the same stage last season.
Antonis, who scored an own goal to take the tie to extra time before scoring the winner, admits he's watched the replay more than a few times.
"But lately, not much," he said.
"When it first happened, it was just crazy.
"I think everyone has one of those moments in their lives where you just remember what happened (so clearly). It's a great thing to have. A great memory, and I'll always remember it."
While Muscat has been away with a second-string side in South Korea, the two Victory camps have held video hook-ups to remain on the same page ahead of the Sydney match.
Antonis admits a week of small-sided games, training with just 10 players has been an odd way to prepare for a season-defining encounter.
The 25-year-old says he and his teammates aren't buying into the body of evidence that suggests Victory are better placed to win this year than last.
"We're not being cocky or confident," he said.
"We're just going to be doing what we usually do every week and just go in with the mental mind-frame.
"It's a final like last week, and we have to go in with the same mentality that we have been."