Sisters chosen to compete in national junior squash titles
LAURA Moloney usually has her family behind her whenever she plays in a squash competition.
Older sisters Sarah and Kelly are usually among the supporters, watching their younger sister smash her way to the Australian junior number one ranking in the under-11 division.
This time they will be beside her at the Australian Junior Championships in Canberra from September 28, with all three sisters chosen to represent New South Wales.
It is quite a feat in itself to have two members from a family gain state representation, but another thing altogether to have three.
Their dad, John Moloney, was obviously proud of their achievement, provided they stuck to a single rule.
"As long as they don't beat me," John joked.
"They seem to be a bunch of level-headed kids. They're involved with the New South Wales squash pathway so they compete in tourneys and train in Sydney every few months."
Sarah Moloney is currently ranked first in New South Wales (ninth nationally) in the under-13s, while Kelly Moloney is ranked third (10th nationally) in the under-15s.
All three have won their fair share of silverware in the last 12 months, with regular finishes at the top of their divisions.
Kelly finished runner up at the NSW Country Champs and Coffs Harbour One Day Enduro, before claiming third in the NSW State Championships.
Sarah went a touch better in the U13s, winning the NSW Country and Coffs Harbour comps and finishing second in the NSW State Championships.
Laura won bragging rights over her sisters however, winning all three events in the U11s.
Their successes extend beyond those three competitions, but it is clear to see they are a talented trio.
A major concern with successful young sportspeople is their commitment to study, but John was certain that was not an issue for the Moloney clan.
"According to their teachers they're all doing well," John said.
"Sarah was actually named Dux of Coutts Crossing Primary School last year and won a regional director's award.
"Those awards usually go to teachers and high school students so she did pretty well."
The Moloney girls are not the only Clarence Valley representatives in the NSW team, with Grafton's Moana Gray and Maclean's Nick Greenland also competing.