Blore broth­ers line up for op­po­site na­tional teams

The Northern Advocate - - Sport -

The Blore broth­ers grew up un­der the same roof, but it’s taken a tran­stas­man test for them to fi­nally play each other on the footy field.

Shawn, 18, and Dean, 20, have risen through the Pen­rith ranks to­gether and each has ticked off their fair share of rep­re­sen­ta­tive hon­ours at state and in­ter­na­tional level.

They played the Jer­sey Flegg Cup Grand Fi­nal to­gether last month for the Pan­thers; Shawn led from the front in the for­wards while Dean steered the side around from five-eighth.

Never have they lined up against each other on the field.

That is un­til this af­ter­noon, but it’s no neigh­bour­hood park game which seems likely given they’ve lived in each other’s pock­ets since the turn of the mil­len­nium.

The broth­ers will play each other in the Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos ver­sus Ju­nior Ki­wis game, with Shawn rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia and Dean rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand in a cur­tain­raiser to the Ki­wis-Kan­ga­roos test

The broth­ers qual­ify for both na­tional teams be­cause one par­ent is Aus­tralian, one a New Zealan­der and they are dual cit­i­zens.

“I’m more ner­vous than any­thing, more so be­cause of my brother,” Shawn said. “If he throws a dummy on me or tries to whack me I’ll be pretty up­set about it and I’ll try not to let that hap­pen.

“I’ve only ever played with him and that makes it even more nerve-rack­ing be­cause we know each other’s games so well. We’ll see what hap­pens on the week­end.”

The big­gest ques­tion is which coun­try the ex­tended Blore fam­ily are go­ing to sup­port. As the news of Dean’s se­lec­tion had the fam­ily ready to set­tle in and sup­port the elder sib­ling, Shawn was in­formed of his se­lec­tion.

The foun­da­tions of the metaphor­i­cal fence will need to be strong con­sid­er­ing the Blore fam­ily — like any good fam­ily — will be sit­ting on it. “We both went home [and] asked our par­ents straight away who they were cheer­ing for. They’re . . . hop­ing for a draw. [It’s the] best­case sce­nario.”

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