Hamilton Kangaroos' sister act on same netball wavelength

Sisters Rhianne Lewis (left) and Kelsey Lewis are making their mark at Hamilton Kangaroos, after playing with Penshurst and Hamilton Magpies.

Sisters Rhianne Lewis (left) and Kelsey Lewis are making their mark at Hamilton Kangaroos, after playing with Penshurst and Hamilton Magpies.

THEY line up at opposing ends of the court but the Hamilton Kangaroos’ sister act still knows each other’s games.

Kelsey Lewis is goal shooter in a crucial Hampden league battle with fellow top-five side South Warrnambool today.

Her younger sister Rhianne will don the goal keeper’s bib at the other end.

“I am really tall so I use my height a lot,” Kelsey said.

“Rhianne is really strong at getting rebounds, so she probably puts her body on the line.

“We always have the same mindset, we always know what needs to be done.”

The pair joined the Kangaroos at the start of the season after winning four A grade premierships with Mininera and District league club Penshurst.

Kelsey, 24, and Rhianne, 23, were part of a pre-season influx at Melville Oval.

The additions have helped Hamilton Kangaroos soar from wooden spooners to finals fancy in the space of six months. The Lewis sisters, who work at their family’s Hamilton pub, are content with their decision to join the Sara Byrne-coached team.

Kelsey said the club, in its second season after a merger, was thriving. 

“Because the netballers have had wins and the footballers have had wins, I suppose the community is up and about the club and people are getting behind it because they can see success in the future,” she said.“There is a really good vibe at the moment.

“It’s brought a lot of culture and positivity back into the club knowing there are people around who are wanting to play and support the club.

“We are sitting third and have only played Koroit above us and obviously they’re on top of the ladder undefeated.

“We haven’t played North or Camperdown and we think to play South this weekend will show us where we’re at.”

Kelsey and Rhianne first played netball for Hamilton Magpies before moving to Penshurst.

The pair, who regularly train against one another, have played the bulk of their careers in the same teams.

“The first year I played at Penshurst Rhianne stayed at Hamilton because she was doing year 12,” Kelsey said.

“That was the only year we didn’t play together.”

They’ve adjusted to the Hampden league and can see themselves playing in the blue and white for years to come. “The speed of the game for the whole game, you notice that,” Kelsey said.

“We played against some good girls in the Mininera league. It is only slightly different.”

In other round six matches, Warrnambool hosts ladder leader Koroit, North Warrnambool Eagles are on the rebound against Portland, Camperdown clashes with Port Fairy and Cobden and Terang Mortlake meet in a night match.

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