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'Beaufort ball-magnets' set for unique record

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Tom Hawkins of the Cats wrestles with Matt Crouch (right) and Brad Crouch of the Crows (left) during the 2017 AFL round 11 match between the Geelong Cats and the Adelaide Crows at Simonds Stadium on June 02, 2017 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
The Crouch brothers need 60 possessions this week for the most by a pair of brothers in one season

ADELAIDE'S Crouch brothers need to collect a combined 60 disposals against West Coast in Perth on Sunday to set a unique record held by Port Adelaide's Cornes brothers.

Sixty touches between them would see the Beaufort ball magnets pass a record the Cornes brothers set in 2007 when playing for the cross-town rivals of the most combined total disposals by brothers in a home and away season.

Matt and Brad have had 1,115 disposals between them this season, but Champion Data statistics show they are a chance to pass the combined total of 1,174 disposals Kane and Chad set in 2007.

The Crouches need just 17 to move past Adam and Joel Selwood into second place. 

Adam was playing for West Coast and Joel with Geelong when they accumulated 1,131 touches in 2009. 

It's likely the Crow siblings' record chase will go down to the wire.

Last week against the Swans, the Crouches collected exactly 60 disposals between them.

The duo has managed at least 60 touches in 10 of the 16 games they have played alongside each other in 2016, but only exceeded the figure in four of their past 10 games.

Kane and Chad Cornes won plenty of disposals for the Power. Picture: AFL Photos

Both brothers have been impressive for the Crows this season, but Matt has led the way, averaging 32 disposals a game.

The 22-year-old has exceeded 30 disposals a game in the past seven rounds and racked up 681 disposals for the year.  

Brad, 24, did not play his first game for the season until round five, but has collected at least 20 disposals in each of his 16 games, giving the Crows great drive.

 Best brothers
Total disposals Player Disposals Player Disposals Year
1,174 Kane Cornes (PA) 612 Chad Cornes (PA)  592 2007
1,131 Adam Selwood (WC) 515  Joel Selwood (Geel) 616 2009
1,115 Brad Crouch (Adel) 434 Matt Crouch (Adel)  681 2017
1,065 Joel Selwood (Geel) 511 Scott Selwood (WC)  554 2012
1,009 Kane Cornes (PA) 597 Chad Cornes (PA)  412 2006
1,994 Joel Selwood (Geel) 544 Scott Selwood (WC)  460 2013
983 Adam Selwood (WC) 379 Joel Selwood (Geel)  604 2010
981 Kane Cornes (PA) 595 Chad Cornes (PA)  386 2007
975 Andrew Swallow (NMFC) 562  David Swallow (GCFC) 413 2011
946 Rhyce Shaw (Syd) 532 Heath Shaw (Coll)  414 2009
944 Shaun Burgoyne (PA) 420  Peter Burgoyne (PA) 524 2007
937 Patrick Bowden (Rich)  442  Joel Bowden (Rich) 495  2006 
931 Sam Power (NMFC)  389 Luke Power (BL)  542 2008

- Stats supplied by Champion Data