Sis­ter act: Dream­ing of glory

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

I was so ex­cited and proud of the girls when I found out, I was speech­less I just felt like cry­ing. I had a feel­ing they would get in but was still sur­prised. – MOTHER NIKITA MAR­LOWE

THE Mar­lowe sis­ters from Leth­bridge Park are shap­ing up as a duo ready to take the world of net­ball by storm.

Janaya, 11, and Kali­ayah, 10, have both been se­lected for the NSW School­girls In­dige­nous Net­ball team.

The pair was se­lected from hun­dreds of young net­ball tal­ents across the state to be part of a 19-girl un­der-12s squad.

The team will travel to the Gold Coast in Jan­uary to bat­tle it out against sides from across the coun­try for the na­tional cham­pi­onship. The sis­ters have been play­ing net­ball to­gether since they were just five and have al­ready started carv­ing out very suc­cess­ful ca­reers de­spite their young ages.

As well as play­ing for Did­juri­jur as part of Mt Druitt Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Satur­day com­pe­ti­tion, the girls have been cho­sen to play for the as­so­ci­a­tion at statewide rep­re­sen­ta­tive car­ni­vals.

The girls’ mother, Nikita Mar­lowe, said she was so proud of her daugh­ters’ achieve­ments.

“A friend of mine told me about the tri­als as her daugh­ter had been se­lected last year, then I just took the girls down on Sun­day to Home­bush for a trial run,” she said.

“I was so ex­cited and proud of the girls when I found out – I was speech­less, I just felt like cry­ing, I had a feel­ing they would get in but was still sur­prised.”

Janaya shared her mother’s ex­cite­ment. “We were so happy, I was about to go to bed and then we read it on­line,” she said. “I was jump­ing up and down, I was so ex­cited.”

Both of the girls are aim­ing high, hop­ing to one day be able to play for the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds.

“We go and watch the Di­a­monds play when­ever we can, we would love to play for them some­time,” Kali­ayah said.

Both sib­lings play in the shoot­ing cir­cle or in mid­court po­si­tions – Kali­ayah’s favourite po­si­tion is cen­tre and Janaya’s is goal at­tack.

They will now spend the school hol­i­days train­ing along­side of the rest of the team at Sydney Olympic Park in Home­bush.

The School­girls In­dige­nous Net­ball Cup will be held at Cararra Sports Sta­dium on the Gold Coast from Jan­uary 13-17.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Sis­ters Kali­ayah, 10, and Janaya Mar­lowe, 11, have been cho­sen for the NSW School­girls In­dige­nous Net­ball team.

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