Sisters keep an eye on the ball
AFTER taking the NSW netball world by storm, the Marlowe sisters from Lethbridge Park now have their sights set on Australia.
The two sisters, Kaliayah and Janaya, were selected earlier this year to play in the under-12s NSW schoolgirls indigenous netball championship on the Gold Coast this month.
Although the girls were unable to take out the championship, 11-yearold Janaya’s impressive performance was noticed by national talent scouts.
The goal attack was selected to play for an Australian team later this year.
Mother Nikita Marlowe said she couldn’t believe it when she heard the news.
“We didn’t expect it at all as she wasn’t approached during the competition; we didn’t even wait around for the announcement,” Mrs Marlowe said. “A friend messaged Janaya on the drive home saying she got in. I was driving and got teary eyed, I was so excited.”
Janaya will head back up to the Gold Coast in July for a week-long tournament against teams from around the world.
“The girls are still playing club and representative netball here, so there will be non-stop netball all year,” Mrs Marlowe said. “I am so proud of them.”
Younger sister Kaliayah didn’t secure a spot on the side but hopes to try out again next year when she is older.
Janaya Marlowe (right) with her younger sister Kaliayah.
Kaliayah and Janaya Marlowe.