STEPHEN and Bradley Hill are set to become the first pair of brothers to play against each other in an AFL/VFL Grand Final since 1912 after both Hawthorn and Fremantle qualified for the 2013 decider.

Three sets of brothers have played on opposing sides in preliminary finals in the past three seasons.

Sydney Swans pair Sam Reid and Rhyce Shaw faced their brothers Ben Reid and Heath Shaw from Collingwood in last year's preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.

Three Selwood brothers played in the 2011 preliminary final between Geelong and West Coast, with Joel representing the Cats while Scott and Adam played for the Eagles.

But it appears that the Hill brothers will be the first to oppose each other in a Grand Final since Alan and Vic Belcher represented Essendon and South Melbourne respectively in the 1912 decider, won by the Bombers by 14 points.

"I heard about that," Stephen Hill said.

"It's pretty exciting for both of us.

"Mum's really proud and happy and really looking forward to this week."

Stephen is three years older than Bradley but says the pair is very close and it had been difficult since the 20-year-old was recruited to Hawthorn.

"We were pretty close," Hill said.

"Always out in the front yard kicking the footy. We were always pretty close.

"Sometimes it's hard not having him here. I miss him a little bit. But he's really enjoying it over there, and it's good seeing him play some good footy."

Seeing the two speedsters on the MCG on football's biggest stage will be a sight to behold, not unlike Lewis Jetta and Cyril Rioli in last season's Grand Final.

The older Hill, who has now played 107 matches for the Dockers compared to his brother's 28 for Hawthorn, believes he would have his brother's measure if it came to a foot race on the wing.

"If I've got a chance I'll try to burn him off.

"But we'll see what happens. I think I've got him covered."

The brothers have been exchanging text messages throughout the finals series but the quietly spoken Docker believes Bradley will be far more outspoken on the field.

"He's pretty cheeky.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he has a few words to say.

"He loves to get into it a little bit. We're different."

Hill was diplomatic when asked what colours his mother would wear on the big day.

"I think mum might have a bit of Hawthorn and Freo colours," Hill said.

"She'll be supporting both of us. I'm looking forward to it."