Sib­lings show state of play

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Three lo­cal sib­lings are mak­ing a name for them­selves in WA sport. Emily, Jack and Ge­orgie Cleaver have all rep­re­sented the state in ei­ther foot­ball or bas­ket­ball. The trio are ea­ger to pur­sue their dreams all the way to the big stage.

THEY might still be teenagers, but Emily, Jack and Ge­orgie Cleaver are all mak­ing a name for them­selves in WA sport.

Fif­teen-year-old Emily played two ex­hi­bi­tion matches with the WA AFL Women's 16s team in June and was a mem­ber of the East Fre­man­tle colts team that went down to the Peel Thun­der­birds in the 2018 WAWFL Rogers Cup grand fi­nal.

Younger brother Jack (14) is not only a bud­ding foot­ball star, hav­ing won the best on ground award af­ter a stir­ring grand fi­nal win with his Ross­moyne Ju­nior Foot­ball Club team, he’s also tear­ing up the bas­ket­ball court, pre­vi­ously named in both the WA U12s State School­boys team and the Bas­ket­ball WA State U14s team.

Thir­teen-year-old Ge­orgie may be the youngest of the trio but she’s just as ta­lented, cap­tain­ing the U12s WA State School­girls bas­ket­ball team in last De­cem­ber’s Pa­cific School Games and trav­el­ling to Vic­to­ria this week to com­pete in the U14 Aus­tralian Ju­nior Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships with the Wil­let­ton Tigers.

All three are also in spe­cial­ist foot­ball devel­op­ment squads at East Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club.

Emily said she was proud to be part of the first fe­male devel­op­ment foot­ball squad in WA.

“I had this goal for a while,” she said. “I had seen my younger brother and sis­ter in the black and gold and was aim­ing for this my­self.”

Jack and Ge­orgie said they also had dreams to take their sport­ing ca­reers all the way.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing for East Fre­man­tle and play­ing on the same side as kids I nor­mally play against,” Jack said.

“If I work hard enough I would like to play at the high­est level in footy, bas­ket­ball or net­ball,” Ge­orgie said.

“I don’t want to choose a sport yet, as I en­joy them all too much.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Girl power... Ge­orgie and Emily Cleaver are a good team.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d487143

Sis­ters Ge­orgie and Emily Cleaver, along with brother Jack, are ex­celling at their sports at state level.

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