THERE are worse things that could happen. But for the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.
Both their sons, Ben and Sam, are playing. But they are on opposite sides - Ben the key defender at Collingwood, and Sam the key forward for Sydney. In fact, they will most likely play on each other.
''They're going OK,'' Ben said of his parents this week. ''I suppose mum would probably prefer if we didn't play each other. The one thing they're thinking is, 'One or the other's going through to a grand final'. It'll be great for them. For one of Sam or I, it'll be pretty tough.''
Sam Reid at Sydney Swans training. Photo: Getty Images
Elder brother Ben was part of Collingwood's premiership team in 2010 and then suffered the ignominy of a losing grand final playing on Tom Hawkins in last year's game against Geelong. Sam, 20, is playing in an AFL preliminary final for the first time.
The brothers have played on each other before - last year when Ben curtailed Sam in Collingwood's win at Homebush. But they are not especially competitive with each other, as Ben admitted. ''It was different,'' he said. ''It wasn't the same as playing on a normal player in another game. Being your brother, you hope he goes well and that sort of thing, but you can't let him go too well.''
There are two sets of brothers playing tomorrow night, with Rhyce and Heath Shaw also facing off.