BUDGIES BOUND: Kaniesha Sailor, 16 and Charlize Crawford, 11, will head south in July to represent the Australian Indigenous Budgies team at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival.
BUDGIES BOUND: Kaniesha Sailor, 16 and Charlize Crawford, 11, will head south in July to represent the Australian Indigenous Budgies team at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival. Mike Richards GLA170118NETB

Budgies' girls set to shine on the Gold Coast

NETBALL: Two friends on opposite ends of the age spectrum will have the chance represent their Indigenous heritage together on the Gold Coast later this year.

Kaniesha Sailor, 16 and Charlize Crawford, 11, will compete for the Australian Indigenous Budgies at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival in Southport from July 7-15.

Kaniesha is a veteran of the Budgies' set-up, having played at every level since Under-12s, while Charlize will be heading to her first representative carnival.

Charlize will play U12s and Kaniesha will play at her final carnival in Under-18s.

The Yaralla girls competed at trials on the Gold Coast earlier this month where their performances earned them selection for the Budgies.

"January are the trials and you bring your white and black clothes to play possibles verse probables and there's different rounds you can get in to,” Kaniesha said.

"Then they choose the Budgies team for the July carnival.”

Kaniesha Sailor and Charlize Crawford.
Kaniesha Sailor and Charlize Crawford. Mike Richards GLA170118NETB

Being named for the Budgies was such a thrill for Charlize, she had trouble masking her excitement when he found out she'd been selected for the U12s side.

"I couldn't believe it. I just wanted to scream but I couldn't because there was so many people,” Charlize said.

"They called out my number and I thought 'I know that number' and when they said my name I was like 'yes!' - I really wanted to scream so badly.”

"It was so cute watching her up (on stage) lining up,” Kaniesha added.

The Gold Coast Netball Carnival will see the girls face teams from across Australia, New Zealand and even as far as South Africa.

"It's just really exciting especially because it's all around Australia and all the states play,” Kaniesha said.

"You get to meet girls from different places and from other cultures.”



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