Katandra-raised brothers Andrew and Brenton Riordan will go head-to-head tomorrow when Goulburn Valley meets Ballarat in an interleague clash at Deakin Reserve.DAMEN FRANCIS May 23, 2014 3:15am
Andrew Riordan could be forgiven for skipping homework on his likely direct opponent for tomorrow’s AFL Victoria Country Championships clash at Deakin Reserve.
The classy Shepparton Swans and Goulburn Valley Football League backman could find himself matched up on his older brother, Brenton, 29, who plays for Redan in Ballarat Football League.
Andrew, 23, was so wrapped up in whether he would hold his spot in Goulburn Valley’s interleague side, he hadn’t even considered the possibility of a sibling showdown.
‘‘I don’t think he’s ever played interleague before, so I didn’t think much of it that he’d be getting picked,’’ Andrew said.
‘‘He plays in the forward pocket and I’m named back pocket, so I might be playing on him which would be interesting for the family.
‘‘He’s someone I’ve always looked up to as a footballer, (but) if he plays he’s the kind of guy that won’t go easy on me.’’
The brothers grew up at Katandra, but the age difference meant they never played in the same team until Andrew joined Brenton at Geelong Football League outfit Grovedale, where they played together for two years.
Brenton represented Picola District Football League during his time at the Kats, but was looking forward to pulling on the boots for Ballarat, particularly in front of his family at Deakin Reserve.
‘‘Mum and Dad are still back there (in Katandra) and get along and watch Andrew a bit more than they get down to Ballarat,’’ Brenton said.
‘‘I’m sure Andrew and I will run into each other at some stage.
‘‘He’s playing some good footy for Shepp Swans at the moment and it’s going to be interesting playing against the brother for the first time, I’m looking forward to it.’’
Andrew’s ties to the GFL made him a valuable source of information for Goulburn Valley coach Travis Ryan last year, ahead of their match-up at Kardinia Park.
However, this year it will be Brenton’s turn to be an informant for Ballarat coach Shane Skontra.
Brenton went to high school with Goulburn Valley skipper Tim Looby and played against superstar defender Dan Lovick during his time at Grovedale.
‘‘I watch Andrew when I get a chance, so I know a few of the Goulburn Valley names,’’ Brenton said.
‘‘I’ll be taking a bit of what I know about those players back to my guys at Ballarat and let them know some of their strengths, but Andrew has been keeping pretty tight-lipped, so there’s no secrets coming from him.
‘‘He’s already let me know there’s going to be no favours held for any of us.’’
Brenton has booted 13 goals in five games for Redan this season and was named in the Ballarat leadership group, while Andrew has been typically miserly in defence for the Swans, who have conceded the fewest points of any GVFL team this season.
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