Talented sporting siblings aim high

Sisters Gerogie 13 & Emily Cleaver 15. Picture: Jon Hewson. d487143 communitypix.com.au
Sisters Gerogie 13 & Emily Cleaver 15. Picture: Jon Hewson. d487143 communitypix.com.au

THEY might still be teenagers, but Emily, Jack and Georgie Cleaver are all making a name for themselves in WA sport.

Fifteen-year-old Emily played two exhibition matches with the WA AFL Women’s 16s team in June and was a member of the East Fremantle colts team that went down to the Peel Thunderbirds in the 2018 WAWFL Rogers Cup grand final.

Younger brother Jack (14) is not only a budding football star, having won the Best on Ground award after a stirring grand final win with his Rossmoyne Junior Football Club team, he’s also tearing up the basketball court, previously named in both the WA U12s State Schoolboys team and the Basketball WA State U14s team.

Thirteen-year-old Georgie may be the youngest of the trio but she’s just as talented, captaining the U12s WA State Schoolgirls basketball team in last December’s Pacific School Games and travelling to Victoria this week to compete in the U14 Australian Junior Basketball Championships with the Willetton Tigers.

All three are also in specialist football development squads at East Fremantle Football Club.

Emily said she was proud to be part of the first female development football squad in WA.

“I had this goal for this for a while, I had seen my younger brother and sister in the black and gold and was aiming for this myself,” she said.

“I’m hoping to learn as much as I can from different coaches and I want to play AFLW, hopefully for the Eagles.”

Jack and Georgie said they also had dreams to take their sporting careers all the way.

“I’m looking forward to playing for East Fremantle and playing on the same side as kids I normally play against,” Jack said.

“Getting drafted to an AFL team would be great but I know there is a lot of hard work between now and then.”

“If I work hard enough I would like to play at the highest level in footy, basketball or netball,” Georgie said.

“I don’t want to choose a sport yet as I enjoy them all too much.”