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Smeltz on mission to turn tables on Roar
Glory’s Shane Smeltz has forgiven Roar’s Matt Smith but there’s no forgetting the injury from last year’s decider. Picture: Lee Griffith/WA News

It may have been one of the defining moments of last season's grand final but it has since been reduced to mere anecdote by the hype surrounding Besart Berisha's role in the game's final moments.

Not that Glory striker Shane Smeltz will forget his collision with Roar defender Matt Smith.

While Glory players, officials and fans still carry the mental scars of the late defeat, Smeltz also has a physical reminder of the moment he believes the match turned in the home side's favour at Suncorp Stadium.

It is hard to imagine that the faint scar that now runs from Smeltz's nose to his top lip is the only evidence of the mess the New Zealand international had been in following a forearm smash from Smith just 16 minutes into the match.

Bloodied and struggling to breathe through heavy bandages wrapped around his head, Smeltz played on, but is adamant it reduced his impact on the match.

"It eats me up. I really feel I could've given so much more in that game if it hadn't happened," said Smeltz, who will aim to make amends in Sunday's opener against Roar at Patersons Stadium.

Despite Smeltz's limited influence, Glory went in front, before Berisha scored two late goals, including a controversial second from the penalty spot, to seal Brisbane's second successive title.

After the match, there was brief debate about whether Smith should have been cautioned for raising an elbow, but it was overshadowed by the focus on Berisha.

"I personally looked at it and I gave him the benefit of the doubt," Smeltz said.

"I thought he was protecting himself and we were both flying in.

"He rang me after the grand final and apologised and tried to assure me there was no intent and it was just an accident.

"I have to believe him. He seems like an honest guy and I won't hold any grudges.

"I'm over it and I'm looking forward to the first game."