THEY’RE the teenage twin towers, their destinies wedded to each other at birth.
Brady and Ryley Sharp have lost count of the number of junior teams they played together in, were selected in the Bushrangers at the same time and now will make their Ovens and Murray debut on the same day when Myrtleford takes on Corowa-Rutherglen at McNamara Reserve today.
It’s a league first for twins and the occasion hasn’t been lost on the 17-year-olds.
“I was stoked,” Brady said yesterday.
“The coaches told us during training on Thursday that we were in the mix for selection and then it was confirmed upstairs later on.
“We were pretty happy about it.
“It’s one of the best things to happen in my life.”
The Marian College students stand at 193 and 195-centimetres and are part of the young brigade Alpine Saints co-coaches Brad Murray and Leigh Corcoran hope will take the club forward.
Both have impressed for the Alpine Saints’ thirds this season with Ryley looking forward to the challenge of stepping up.
“It’s a good opportunity,” Ryley said.
“We’re both pretty excited about it.”
With the brothers “close” to being identical twins, Ryley admitted their appearances had caused plenty of confusion throughout their careers.
He expects much of the same among his Myrtleford teammates today.
“They all just call ‘Sharpy’ and we both answer,” Ryley said.
“It’s always been the same.
“We have pretty much played all of our footy together through the juniors and rep footy so it will be good to debut in seniors together as well.”
Brady and Ryley’s older brother, Jake, has been playing senior football for VFL club Werribee after spending last season with the Murray Bushrangers.
Corcoran said the twins had earned their spots.
“They have shown some good form over the past few weeks and deserved their positions,” Corcoran said.
“We’re always looking at the under-18s and it will be good to have them in the side.
“It’s going to be hard to pick them apart, but we’ll work it out.”