Siblings help Demons field team

Five sets of siblings feature in Otway’s under-13 side including, from left, Anna and Mitchell Rowland, Brian and Isabelle Wallace, and Eve and Hope Ayres. PHOTOS: Amber Noseda – Great Ocean Photography.

Otway Districts Football Netball Club knows the importance of family.

Five sets of siblings have helped bolster the Demons’ under-13 side this season after the club struggled for numbers in the pre-season.

And four of those siblings are girls who started in Otway’s netball side.

“We’ve got four girls in the side,” coach Lenny Perkins said.

“Two of the girls are twins; Hope and Eve Ayres, they came across and wanted to play, then we’ve got Anna Rowland who plays alongside her brother Mitchell,” he said.

“And Isabelle Wallace plays in the team with her brother Brian.”

Clissold brothers Bailey and Bryson and the Morrow boys Jayden and Ryleigh also feature in the Demons’ youngest side this season.

Perkins said the siblings had helped put the team in a strong position numbers-wise, but the girls weren’t just there to make up numbers.

“I started off with 10 or 11 kids, we were borrowing players at the start of the season,” he said.

“On the weekend we had 19 kids, now we’re in a position that we’re lending players to other clubs.

“But the girls aren’t just making up numbers; they’re getting kicks, taking marks, tackling.

“A few weeks ago Anna backed into a pack and copped a knee from a really big kid and it knocked her flat, but she just got up and kept chasing, I couldn’t believe it.”

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