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Molo sisters putting Sepoe on the netball map

Australian born sisters Jayden and Tia Molo turned down the offer to play for Samoa, to follow their mother’s bloodlines to Papua New Guinea instead.

Jayden, 18 years stands at 175cm and Tia, 16 years stands at 173cm, basically took the plunge into uncharted waters to follow their maternal instinct.

Both are Queensland pathway system players that saw them to rise prominence last year.

Jayden made the QLD U19 State team and the Australian squad, while Tia also the same route with her selection on the QLD U17 State team and Australian squad.

While they are still teenagers, their height and nature of the way they play has caught the eye of scouts from Samoa from their dad’s side and PNG from their mum’s side.

Tia said: “It was only natural that we follow our mum’s side as she is not only our number one supporter but we hardly no anything about her people.

“All I know is that we are from Kerema….and that’s about it,” added Tia.

Both were identified with a host of potentials from Australia to join the PNG based players
for a recent Pepes training and selection camp in Port Moresby last week, facilitated by the PNG Netball Association.

For both Jayden (Grade 12 at St John Fisher College, Brisbane) and Tia (Grade 10 at St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane), the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone was too strong to not miss out on.

It was a win win for the talented sisters, as they looked to have impressed the national selectors and also got to meet their relatives from Sepoe ‘Oiapu’ in the Gulf Province as well.

Their father is from Samoa and Cook Islands.

The boys in the family are keen rugby players and their uncle plays for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL.

PNG Pepes assistant coach Helen Edwards said both players play for the ACU Brisbane North Cougars in the Ruby Series.

“The Ruby Series is a competition that provides a pathway for emerging QLD talent to make the grade to the higher Hart Sapphire Series.

“The other pair of sisters in Yves and Milly Chee in the Pepes training squad also play in this competition.”

Edwards said there are several other players in the squad that play in the Ruby Series plus one or two in the higher Sapphire Series.

She said to have several of these players to be even be considered eligible to play for PNG is a huge boost as they are not only young but also tough as they have been exposed to elite competitions.