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Selwood's follow family tradition

28 Nov, 2007 04:00 AM

BRYCE Selwood has no doubt where his four sons got their footballing genes from - their mother's side of the family.

Following the drafting of 17-year-old Scott Selwood to West Coast on Saturday, Bryce and wife Maree now have four sons on AFL lists.

Scott joins his older brother Adam at West Coast, while his two other brothers, Troy (Brisbane Lions) and Joel (Geelong) are also on AFL lists.

But a look back through the Selwood family tree shows that there is a long line of footballing genes that have been passed on.

Barry, Frank and Fred Crapper are three brothers who all played VFL football back in the 1930s.

The three brothers are the cousins of Robert Henry Crapper, who is the grandfather of Maree.

Harry played 12 games for Melbourne in 1930-31, kicking six goals.

Frank had two stints at North Melbourne, in 1931 and from 1935-39, playing 27 games, kicking 56 goals and winning the Loco Cup for the most popular player, while

Fred spent 1936 at Richmond, where he played two games before a knee injury ended his career.

In 1933 while playing for Eaglehawk, Frank set a Bendigo Football League goalkicking record when he kicked 154 goals in the season.

Now, seven decades later, descendants of the three Crapper brothers are all playing league footy, with Adam (74 games), Troy (47) and Joel (21) having played 142 games between them.

It's understood the Selwood family is just the 13th in AFL-VFL history to produce four league footballers.

"They didn't get their skill from me, I can guarantee you that, but hopefully, we have helped them along the way," Bryce answered on Saturday when asked where the talent comes from.

"They have always wanted to achieve to a high level in whatever sport they pursued and they have always loved football.

"When they first started out they did a variety of sports, I was always happy to take them to whatever they wanted to do, but once they committed to it they had to finish

that season.

"Sometimes they would get a bit tired of a sport and want to finish halfway through a season, but we would say, `no, you have to finish it off'."

Bryce's football career was spent playing with Balmoral reserves, Elmore, where he played both seniors and reserves, and Northern United reserves, where he played half-a-season before injury forced him to retire at the age of 30.

He was unable to play between the age of 23 and 29 because he was running a TAB, which meant he had to work on Saturdays.

But while Bryce won't talk up his football career, he was a more-than-handy distance runner.

"I was a reasonable runner," he said.

"I did a lot of cross country running around Bendigo and ran in 10 Melbourne marathons, which I enjoyed."

Meanwhile, Bryce says he has no concerns with Scott moving to Perth to join Adam at West Coast, a club that has been plagued by off-field issues.

"I have no concerns at all, West Coast is a fantastic club, and you can put that in bold print," he said.

"They are very professional… from the chairman, chief executive officer right down, if we were walking down the street in Melbourne they would know us and would find

time for us.

"They are a brilliant club and with Scott going over there and having to do Year 12 next year, we know he is going to be looked after; we don't have any problems at all."

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