SISTER POWER: Natalie Taylor and Charmian Mellars are sisters who have played for New Zealand at the Olympics. They joined the Power in 2015.
SISTER POWER: Natalie Taylor and Charmian Mellars are sisters who have played for New Zealand at the Olympics. They joined the Power in 2015. Jake Jones

Port City Power add international duo

CHARMIAN Mellars moved to Gladstone two years ago.

But until now she has not been convinced to play basketball for the Port City Power.

Having played for New Zealand at the Olympics in 2008, she was highly sought after.

Mellars trained with the team sporadically during 2014 and is finally going to be on court tonight against the Gold Coast.

There is one big reason she is playing. "My sister. They tried to convince me before but I didn't play," she laughed.

Joining the Power as well is Mellars' sister Natalie Taylor, who was also part of the Olympic team in Beijing.

Most recently playing for Southern Districts in the SEABL and before that Logan in the WNBL, Taylor has played more basketball in the past two years than her sister.

But it won't take long for them to find a rhythm again, having played a lot of basketball together over the years.

Even last year there were a few times Mellars and Taylor took the court together.

"I played last year in a New Zealand competition, we all did, there are four of us who are sisters," Mellars said.

"That was for the Auckland Counties, you only have to go over for three tournaments and play all your games then." The fly in fly out style of play is something both players have become used to over the years.

While Mellars is cemented in Gladstone, Taylor has committed to do more of it.

Living in Brisbane, she is flying up for training and matches.

Despite being a drop down from the WNBL level, Taylor is keen to sink her teeth into the QBL with the Power on a quest to keep her basketball at the highest level for New Zealand as well.

The Olympics one more time is what she is aiming at.

"It was a surreal experience off the court and on the court it was really good to play against such great players," she said.

"We have a qualifier in August against the Opals and then if we don't make that there is another qualifying tournament.

Power v Gold Coast

  •  Women tip-off at 6pm
  •  Men tip-off at 8pm
  •  Kev Broome Stadium