Decorated siblings battle for first time

Sisters Emma and Chelsea Hillman will go head-to-head for the first time in their careers during tomorrow’s Colac district A Grade netball grand final between Otway Districts and Alvie. The former Irrewarra-Beeac premiership stars will be supported by family, including Emma’s son Rex.

Sisters Emma and Chelsea Hillman are as humble as they come and have shied away from the limelight during their glittering netball careers.

But it’s hard not to talk about what is set to take place in tomorrow’s Colac district A Grade grand final between Alvie and Otway Districts.

Demons skipper Emma, who turned 30 yesterday, and star Swan Chelsea, 27, have never played a game of competitive netball against each other.

All that will change on netball’s biggest stage in the district when the pair aim to deliver their new clubs long-awaited premiership success.

The Hillmans grew up playing together at Irrewarra-Beeac during a successful era at the club in which Emma netted six A Grade flags by the time she was 22 and Chelsea had four while still a teenager, collecting two league medals along the way.

They made tomorrow’s grand final venue Central Reserve their home during a stint together at the Colac Tigers, before going their separate ways in 2018.

Chelsea spent last year at Anglesea, while Emma joined Otway and picked up her first league medal during her debut season at the Gellibrand-based club.

They managed to avoid each other in all three encounters this year during Chelsea’s first year at Alvie, after Emma missed the first 10 rounds due the birth of her son Rex and a calf injury ruled her out of the first two finals.

Midcourter Chelsea, who has enjoyed a dominant return to the league and claimed another league best-and-fairest, said she was anticipating a meeting earlier in the season.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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