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Bryce Shilton  September 25, 2017 3:28 PM

AFL 2014 Portraits - Matt and Brad Crouch

Matt and Brad could become the fifth set of brothers to play together in a premiership during the AFL-era

When the Crouch brothers take the field on Saturday, one town in particular will be watching with eager eyes.

Not Adelaide. Not Melbourne.

But Ballarat.

Or as we should call it, ‘Crouch Country’.

Born in Ballarat, Brad and Matt Crouch played their junior football with the Beaufort Crows before later joining the North Ballarat Rebels as they pushed towards careers in the AFL.

After being drafted by Adelaide in 2011 and 2013 respectively, the pair remain favourite sons in the Beaufort and Ballarat area.

This Saturday, the pair have an opportunity to become the 24th set of brothers in VFL/AFL history to play together in a premiership team.

Should the Crows win, they would become just the fifth pair in the AFL-era to do so.

Earlier this year the ball magnets set the record for the most combined total disposals by a pair of brothers in a home and away season.

With South Australia firmly behind them, it will be up to the Beaufort boys to turn the gold rush town into a sea of red, navy and gold.

If the teams go in unchanged, the North Ballarat Rebels (now known as the Greater Western Victoria Rebels) will field six alums on Grand Final day – all with the golden opportunity of adding ‘Premiership Player’ to their resume.

Brad and Matt Crouch will represent Adelaide, while Daniel Rioli, Shaun Grigg, David Astbury and Dan Butler will line up for Richmond.

The Rebels have 42 players currently playing in the AFL across every team bar Collingwood and North Melbourne.

Only four of them have played in an AFL premiership - Liam Picken, Jordan Roughead (Western Bulldogs), James Frawley (Hawthorn) and Nathan Brown (Collingwood).

Can the Crouch brothers add their name to this list on Saturday?