Sis­ters keep an eye on the ball

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

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Janaya Mar­lowe (right) with her younger sis­ter Kali­ayah.

Kali­ayah and Janaya Mar­lowe.

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