A heated battle in more ways than one, awaits in Gosford as Glory eyes off a top two finish and a return to the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder when it clashes against eighth placed Mariners this weekend.
For the first time in four years, Perth raised brothers, Rostyn and Brent Griffiths will face off when Central Coast hosts Glory in Sunday’s shootout.
And 27-year old ‘big’ brother Rostyn wasted no time in pulling any punches.
“I’m pumped” he said.
“We’ve been going at it since we were kids growing up in Perth, and basically I’ve been better at him than most things” he joked.
“Whether it is golf or football I’ve always had the edge, that’s how it is isn’t it, when you’re the older brother” he quipped.
But Griffiths revealed part of him, wasn’t entirely looking forward to the clash against his junior rival.
“I don’t like it to be honest. I always like to see my brother do well, you know he’s my little brother, it’s an odd feeling. But at the same time I’ve got to give my best for the team and the team needs to win” he said.
The last time the pair met in a league match was in 2011, when Rostyn was, ironically at Central Coast and Brent spent a stint at Wellington.
But for Griffiths senior, that’s all in the past.
“The one thing he’s got on me is he’s better at drawing” he joked.
“And skateboarding and surfing. Anything that involves balance, but when it comes to football I’ll dominate him”.
Perth holds the upper hand over the Mariners, beating them twice this season, which included a sublime free-kick from dead ball specialist Nebo Marinkovic back in November.
That win marked the first victory for Glory at Gosford.
The following fixture in Perth saw Glory thump the Mariners 4-1, which included a brace from Chris Harold and an amazing strike by young gun Danny De Silva.
Perth will be looking to emulate a similar effort today.
Kick-off is at 12pm WST.
Glory returns to nib Stadium next Saturday March 28, when it hosts Asian Champions, Western Sydney Wanderers.
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