It was the enormous confidence of Melbourne Victory's record-breaking striker Besart Berisha which put Kevin Muscat's team into the A-League grand final, and it is the same reserves of belief which can power them to an upset victory, the Kosovan hit man believes.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
A confident Kevin Muscat, pumped by the semi-final win over Brisbane, declared that Melbourne Victory could end Sydney FC's record-breaking season in misery.
Hard-fought 1-0 semi final win ensures Kevin Muscat's team will progress to an A-League Grand Final showdown with Premiers Sydney FC.
Jumps racing takes centre stage in Warrnambool this week, though there's also plenty of flat racing on offer.
His team-mates call him "Killer" and that's just what Neil Kilkenny did to them when it came to scooping up the plaudits at Melbourne City's club awards night.
Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young has come through treatment well and will be fit to take his place for a full-strength Roar when they line up against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Sunday evening's A-League semi-final.
"Our focus is clear, it's 5.05 Sunday evening."
With Warrnambool on the horizon next week the racing focus will turn to the jumps horses, who take centre stage at the three-day carnival.
For several players at Victory, Sunday's game – should they lose to Brisbane – could, or will, be their last match in navy blue.
Marco Rojas, the man they call "the Kiwi Messi", has won plenty of plaudits in his time in the A-League, but no prizes.