Take two for Fraser Coast's FFA Cup clash teams
IT WAS billed an instant classic-in-waiting when Doon Villa and United Warriors were originally set to face off three weeks ago.
That FFA Cup game was washed out, and all subsequent football fixtures faced a similar fate in the weeks since.
Now, Fraser Coast football's rivals will finally square off in Australian football's premier knockout competition at Maryborough's Villa Park.
Doon Villa, who beat United Park Eagles 3-2 to progress to the Cup's fourth round, will have most of their big guns on hand for the clash.
"It was a bit short notice but we've still pulled a strong side together," player-coach Lachlan Kenny said.
"We'll still expect them to have a strong side. It's always a good match against United."
United coach Blake Walker said his side were "champing at the bit" to play their first game of 2017.
Walker said he would take a near-full strength side to Doon Villa's home ground for what he expected to be a tough game.
"The football is never the prettiest. We're old rivals so it's always a good, tough game," Walker said.
"This is our first game of the year - everything else has been washed out. We're keen to get out there"
It's not all great news for the teams.
The winner of tonight's clash will play their fifth-round game against Brothers Aston Villa at Bundaberg's Martens Oval on Saturday.
Thursday's game will kick off at 6.30pm.