THE football rivalry will reach boiling point today between the Eastley brothers of Deloraine.
Nine-year-old Noah, with brown and gold running through his veins, and Kaiden, 6, who loves his Tigers, will definitely be on opposite sides today when Hawthorn and Richmond clash at Aurora Stadium in the third round of the NAB Cup.
Noah said he loved the Hawks, due to one man, Cyril Rioli, who unfortunately won't be playing today.
``He's a good player,'' he said.
``They're going to win because they're better than Richmond.
``It will be really good to see them.''
Noah has tipped Hawthorn by nine.
Kaiden's favourite player is Trent Cotchin and he believes the Tigers will win by 18.
It will be the first time the boys have seen their teams in the flesh, and they promised they would be shouting their support from the grandstands.
Noah and Kaiden will be part of a crowd expected to be between 10,000 and 12,000 that welcomes AFL back to Launceston for 2013.
Hawthorn Tasmanian operations manager Shayne Stevenson said more than 7000 tickets had been sold in advance, and he expected plenty of ``walk-ups'' on the day.
He said there were a lot of general admission tickets left, which during the NAB Cup also includes a seat.
Players will slug it out in the heat, with 30 degrees forecast.
WHAT: Nab Cup round 3, Hawthorn v Richmond.
WHERE: Aurora Stadium, Launceston.
WHEN: 1.10pm, today.
TICKETS: Ticketmaster or at the gate. General admission: $23.