Sis­ters share bas­ket­ball tal­ent

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Salmon sis­ters don’t get to play a lot of bas­ket­ball to­gether, but their paths in the game are fol­low­ing sim­i­lar tra­jec­to­ries – up­wards.

The tal­ented Porirua teens both fea­tured promi­nently for their school – Welling­ton Girls Col­lege – and on the re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stage this year. Camese, 17, was in the Ju­nior Tall Ferns side that com­peted in a tour­na­ment in China in July, while Sha­lae, 14, had a dra­matic run to the fi­nal at na­tion­als with her Porirua un­der-15 side.

She was named in the tour­na­ment team and hopes to get into New Zealand’s un­der-16 squad early next year.

‘‘It’s been a pretty big year for us,’’ Camese says.

Aside from their school side, which came fifth at the na­tional sec­ondary schools, the sis­ters do not turn out in the same colours of­ten. Even at an in­for­mal league set up at Aotea Col­lege, the for­wards are on op­po­site teams.

Sha­lae grudg­ingly ad­mits her elder sis­ter would have the wood on her should they come up against one an­other.

‘‘She’s a lit­tle bit more ag­gres­sive than me.’’

There are not too many nights the duo are not train­ing or play­ing but both love the sport for the team spirit, fun and be­cause it keeps them fit.

Dad Ja­son, also Sha­lae’s coach for Porirua, says bas­ket­ball is in good shape in the city right now.

‘‘There’s real tal­ent here and while some are play­ing for schools in Welling­ton, they’re still turn­ing out for Porirua. The lo­cal coaches are com­mit­ted to keep­ing the sport at a high level.’’

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