Collingwood could soon have all three Brown siblings playing under the same roof.
Club great, Gavin Brown already has two sons - Tyler and Callum - playing AFL for the club and he could very soon see his daughter, Tarni put on the black and white as well.
Having been selected in the 2020 AFLW academy, Tarni could be the club’s first potential father-daughter pick in next year’s draft.
Gavin played 254 games for Collingwood from 1987 to 2000 and was also captain of the club for five years from 1994.
17-year-old Tarni says her father has played a crucial role in her football journey and treasures the very special relationship that the two share.
“We’re very similar so that probably plays a big part in it and we’re very close which is nice,” Tarni told collingwoodfc.com.au.
‘He’s very chilled out so if he’s ever stressed he calms me down and always gives me good advice.”
Tarni’s oldest brother Callum was drafted to the Pies in 2016 and has played a total of 35 games.
After being taken with pick 50 in the 2017 AFL draft, Tyler has been developing in the Pies VFL program but he is yet to make his AFL debut.
The brothers are proud to see their sister's hard work finally pay off and are excited at the possibility of her joining the club.
“She’s pretty competitive but we’ve always had a lot of fun,” Callum said.
“We all still live together. Tyler and I come in together most days and to then think we’ll probably see Tarni coming in at night.”
Added Tyler: "Every sport we played we all used to have our little challenges.”
"I remember playing basketball with Tarni and I probably beat Tarni through then and now she's going better than us and she'd probably beat us now.”
Tarni is already getting a taste of life at the Holden Centre having been invited to six of Collingwood’s AFLW side’s training sessions before and after Christmas.
“It’s very different to local footy or TAC Cup,” Tarni said.
“It’s a lot harder but I’m looking forward to doing some more sessions with (the Pies) and I’m just getting used to it.”
The basketball convert first picked up a Sherrin just two years ago.
“I didn’t really know that much footy in terms of positions but I’ve learnt a lot along the way,” she said.
Having spent time with both the Oakleigh Chargers and Eastern Rangers, Tarni has found herself playing in both the midfield and forward line.
“My strengths are probably my speed and handballing.”