Brad Crouch was a unique part of AFL history before even playing his first game, and now in what will be his 61st AFL game, he could be part of more unique AFL history as his Adelaide Crows strive for their third AFL premiership.
After an outstanding bottom-age season with the Rebels in 2011, where he made the Under 18 All-Australian side after also impressing for Vic Country, Crouch was taken as one of two selections in the one-off “mini draft” held at the conclusion of the 2011 season, which came about through draft concessions to Greater Western Sydney, who were set to enter the AFL the next season. The Giants traded one of these selections, which could only be used to select 17 year old players not eligible for the 2011 AFL National Draft and who would not be able to play AFL football in 2012, to the Crows, who promptly snapped up the Beaufort junior.
Crouch’s trademark since making his AFL debut in Round 2, 2013 has been his toughness, something Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington saw in him during his time at the Rebels, and Partington was quick to reflect on just how good a player Crouch was at TAC Cup level
“[Brad’s] probably one of the best players we’ve ever had play at the Rebels”, Partington told therebels.com.au earlier this week.
“We only had him for the one year as he was picked up as a mini-draft player as a 17 year old”.
“He oozes class, with a good football brain and is as tough as they come”.
Along with brother Matt, Brad Crouch is set to play a big part in what could be a history-making day for the Crows, and one that could give Crouch another unique piece of AFL history as one of only a few sets of brothers to play in an AFL premiership side together.
Our Grand Final Rebels schedule for the week looks like this, click on the name for past articles…
Monday – Shaun Grigg
Tuesday – David Astbury
TODAY – Brad Crouch
Thursday – Matt Crouch
Friday – Dan Butler
Grand Final Day – Daniel Rioli