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Brothers go into battle

Travis (left) and Mitch McGuire. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

MITCH and Travis McGuire will put brotherly love to one side for a couple of hours on Saturday when the Bellarine and Geelong and District leagues clash at senior interleague level for the first time in 30 years.

Mitch, who has returned to Drysdale after two years with GFL club Leopold, says it will be a special moment for the family, with mum Beverley and dad David splitting their time between watching the Hawks and Thomson, where Travis became a premiership player in his first year at the club in 2018.

“For Mum and Dad, taking us to all the games when we were younger, it’s something they’ll be pretty fond of,” Mitch said.

“For me, it’s pretty special to play against your brother in a representative game, for sure.”

INTERLEAGUE: RIVALRY RENEWED

Travis, who played 69 senior games at Drysdale, admits that not even his wildest dreams did he think he would line-up against Mitch at interleague level.

“I moved to Thomson for a fresh start and to try and better myself at footy,” he said.

“I didn’t think I’d be playing interleague, and definitely not against Mitch.

“So, it’s a bit of a surprise.”

INTERLEAGUE: REFLECTIONS ON A RIVALRY

The pair have squared off only once before, with Drysdale and Thomson meeting in a practice match before the 2019 season.

Travis says the confidence he’s gained from the move to Godfrey Street has been beneficial for his footy.

“Last year was pretty successful, and this year we’ve rolled on and kept that momentum from last year.

“Having Reecey (Holwell) and Squizz (Brent Taylor) guide you is always helpful, too.”

Mitch, who won the ‘Bull’ Bennett Medal as best-on-ground in his last BFL appearance in 2016, says the Sharks are embracing the pressure that comes with being the overwhelming favourite.

“Looking in, everyone expects us to win and has that expectation,” he said. “But, as a team, we want to keep working up the rankings as a league.

“We’re definitely going in all guns, blazing.”

Travis says if Mitch happens to sneak forward during the day, he’ll be treated like any other player in a red jumper.

“It depends on match-ups, but if he’s sitting in front of me, he’s fair game,” Travis said.

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