Cobra sisters set to strike
AUSSIE RULES: There will be a great representation of BITS Saints and Gladstone Mudcrabs female athletes ready to do battle in Airlie Beach this weekend.
And among those are sisters Emily and Kaila Kirkwood who will also join their Muddies' sisterly team-mates Jada and Jaid Hart to play for the Capricornia Cobras in the 2018 AFLQ Under-17 Youth Girls Central Queensland Championship.
What is also remarkable is that this is Kaila's first season of Aussie Rules.
"I'm really happy and excited because I didn't expect to get in because I'm one of the youngest and it will be a good experience," she said.
The sisters play in the AFL Capricornia Women's competition and at 14 years of age, Kaila looks up to her big sister on the footy field.
"She's really good and I like watching her when we play and I'm keen to play with her because I think we will work well together," Kaila said.
The youngster hopes to play in the midfield and up forward and is confident on a sister act in Airlie Beach.
"We read our plays really well and we know where we are going," she said.
Their mum Hayley Ann Kirkwood also plays for the Mudcrabs and Kaila said she has been a big influence.
"She really supports me and tells me to try my hardest and my coach Trevor Black really encourages me as well," Kaila said.
The more experienced Emily said she was proud of what she and Kaila have achieved because of the big talent pool to choose from during the selection process.
"It's good to see there are a lot of talented girls playing in the Capricornia region," Emily said.
There were a series of training sessions and practice games in Rockhampton prior to Cobras' selection.
The sisters have an innate ability to pass the ball to each other and that's one of the reasons they have been chosen.
The U17 Cobras take on Townsville at 11.15am this Saturday and then Mackay later on at 1.05pm.
The U14 Cobras play Townsville this Friday at 4.45pm and then Mackay at 10.30am on Saturday.
BITS: Mackenzie Guest, Daiya Rossider, Sophie Ure,
Muddies: Molly Black, Jada Hart, Jaid Hart, Emily Kirkwood, Kaila Kirkwood
Games: T/ville 11.15am; Mky 1.05pm - Sat
BITS: Brooke Sheridan
Muddies: Kiera O'Connor, Tierney Burke, Chloe McHale, Abi Hartley
Games: T/ville 4.45pm - Fri; Mky 10.30am - Sat