Stayte battles pain for final win

WORTHWHILE PAIN: Michael Stayte battled injury to score two goals for Villa.
WORTHWHILE PAIN: Michael Stayte battled injury to score two goals for Villa. Paul Donaldson BUN090917FOOT2

FOOTBALL: Brothers Aston Villa's Michael Stayte still can't believe how long he played for in the Wide Bay League final on Saturday night.

Battling a hernia injury, the Villa winger braved pain to not only start the match but guide the team to its second premiership in three years.

Stayte scored two goals, one in each half of the match, to secure the premiership with a 3-1 win over Bingera.

"There was plenty of pain,” he revealed after the game.

"I was hurting about 30 minutes in and I just had to keep going for the team.”

Stayte didn't train at all in the lead up to the grand final and survived until 25 minutes to go in the contest.

He still knew exactly where to be when it counted to step up to score the two goals.

"I've played for a lot of years and know where to be,” Stayte said.

"We work hard at training for those combinations and tonight it showed we do them right.

"We practised the same drills for the past two years and it works, we win games off them.”

Stayte will now head in for surgery on his hernia on September 25.

"Hopefully it is successful and I can come back firing next year,” he said.

"I couldn't ask for a better bunch of lads to play with.”

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