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Thunderous milestone for Victorian pair
Thunderous milestone for Victorian pair

Pat Travers and Brendan Hancock have plenty in common.

Both are from Victoria, have played in the WAFL for almost a decade and in that time have lined up with Peel and East Perth.

Teammates with the Royals for seven seasons between 2005 and 2011, Hancock and Travers forged a close friendship.

It is fitting that the pair will play their 150th game in the same side when the Thunder clash with Claremont at Claremont Oval today.

Travers, who hails from Geelong, first played for Peel in 2004.

He followed then Thunder coach Garry Hocking over from TAC Cup team Geelong Falcons

The 27-year-old notched 33 games in two seasons for the Thunder before switching to East Perth.

Travers lined up in 99 matches for the Royals in six years before returning in 2012 to the club which launched his WAFL career.

Hancock is in his first year with Peel after nine seasons with East Perth. The 28-year-old, who played 132 games for the Royals, was originally recruited from country Leitchville, Victoria.

Hancock said bringing up 150 games on the same day as Travers made the milestone memorable.

"I couldn't have asked for a better bloke to share it with," Hancock said. "We've both come over here playing football and have had a good time together."

Travers, who played a role in Hancock's move to Peel, said their friendship started when he was at Peel and Hancock with East Perth.

"I knew Hangers when I was first playing with Peel," Travers said.

"When I made the move to East Perth I obviously got to know him a lot better and we formed a pretty good relationship."

Peel face a massive task against in-form Claremont but can go into the match with some confidence, having beaten the Tigers by 14 points at Claremont Oval in round 11.

"Claremont have been in red-hot form," Travers said. "We will have to be at our very best to beat them, but we have done it once this year and the boys can take something out of that."