AFL grand final: Crouch brothers live out dream together

TALENT: Crows players and brothers Matt and Brad Crouch. Picture: Eddie Jim (The Age)
TALENT: Crows players and brothers Matt and Brad Crouch. Picture: Eddie Jim (The Age)

Adelaide midfield pair Matt and Brad Crouch will join a select group of players to run out together as siblings in an AFL grand final.

Matt said the pair was “pretty lucky” to be playing together and could not wait for Saturday. 

“It’s something you’ve always dreamed about, it is the biggest day on the footy calendar, so I’m very proud to be here and hopefully get it done,” he said.

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The pair grew up playing football in Ballarat, first juniors at Ballarat Swans, before a season with Beaufort and then North Ballarat Rebels. 

“That set me up for my AFL career and I appreciate everyone who has helped me along the way,” Matt said.

“I have had a lot of support, a lot of text messages, a lot of calls from people back there (in Ballarat) so I always appreciate that.”

Meanwhile, Brad said he was feeling “really confident” after having two days in Melbourne with the Crows to prepare for Saturday’s game.

But he echoed his brother’s sentiment.

“You don’t forget where you come from,” he said.

“I’ve loved my time when I was playing junior footy for Ballarat and Beaufort, and I still feel a little bit the same in a way.”

“It’s still a footy game, you just go out there really wanting to win, so it will be no different tomorrow.”

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