Oh, brother: siblings in state league duel

BROADMEADOW take on the Jets Youth on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash everyone in the state league has been waiting for.

But it’s safe to say no one is looking forward to it more than the brothers Virgili, Hoole and Kantarovski.

The brothers, who are all Broadmeadow juniors, will be on different sides of the contest at Wanderers Oval and keen to get one up on their sibling.

Matt Hoole, 20, Luke Virgili, 21, and Michael Kantarovski, who celebrated his 17th birthday yesterday, will be in the Magic squad for the match.

Andrew Hoole, 18, and James Virgili, 19, will be in the Newcastle line-up, while Alex Kantarovski, 18, is in the Jets squad but he is recovering from a torn left quadriceps and will miss the game.

But they, like the Hoole and Virgili brothers, said the match had been on their minds all season.

James is back from a break just in time for the match but will likely be on the bench for the Jets.

He took on his big brother Luke, who plays on the left for Magic, in a trial game between the clubs and was keen for another crack.

‘‘I play on the right so hopefully I can come off the bench because I’ll be on his side,’’ James said.

But when asked which brothers were most likely to clash, they all pointed at the Hooles.

Andrew, the Jets youth league player of the year, has starred at right fullback for the team and was training with the A-League side at the end of last season.

His older brother has taken up a permanent role in the midfield at Magic this season alongside captain John Bennis, who will miss Sunday’s match through suspension.

Matt and Andrew clashed late last season when the state league under-23 side took on the Jets youth in a representative trial match.

They were both keen to tackle each other again.

‘‘I’m playing defensive midfield and one of my jobs is to pressure the left or right fullback, so it could happen,’’ Matt said.

The Kantarovski brothers, the younger siblings of Jets and Olyroos star Ben, may both not make it onto the field.

Alex tore his quadriceps after scoring a goal in the round-one win over West Wallsend and is still about two weeks away from returning to the field.

Michael, who came into the senior squad this year, has started in State Cup matches for Magic but comes off the bench in league games.

However, their presence and that of the other brothers in the opposing camps will be celebrated on Sunday by Broadmeadow, who have built a strong relationship with the Jets.

‘‘We’re really proud of our involvement in the Jets youth program and we embrace it wholeheartedly,’’ Magic president Steven Foteff said.

‘‘There have been so many boys from the club who have been there, so we look at it with a sense of pride.

‘‘But we are also relishing the thought of deciding who’s going to be at the top of the table.’’

The Virgilis’ father, Robert, is assistant coach of Broadmeadow, adding another element to the family battles on Sunday.

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