Rugby sevens trip

By GREG WHITE

THE Donovan boys are household names in local league circles but it's actually the Donovan girls who hold bragging rights in the family. Terri-Anne and Krystal Donovan are dual internationals in rugby league and union and will soon have another honour to wave in front of brothers, Matt and Tim. In late October, the sisters jet off to Thailand with the Australian Aboriginal rugby squad. Their mission is winning the Bangkok Sevens Tournament for the Lloyd McDermott Foundation. "The boys may think they have a head start on us but we've got the green and gold jumpers," Terri-Anne says to rub it in. But all jokes aside, when it comes to hard facts, what the girls have achieved since 2003 is amazing. That year, Terri-Anne and Krystal were key members of a Griffith team playing in Canberra at the National rugby league titles. "Not only did I finish with the award for best defensive player," Terri-Anne said,"but we both made the Australian team." Krystal's speed and evasion saw her in the fullback's jersey with Terri-Anne claiming the hooker's role. Within a year, the sister's were on tour in New Zealand with the Australian Aboriginal rugby team, Krystal as inside centre with Terri-Anne switching to halfback. And now, the trip of a lifetime to South East Asia. "Naturally, work comes first so we haven't always been able to go to every selection trial," Terri-Anne offered. "That's why we're so looking forward to this. "It's going to be a fantastic experience." Really, just another chapter in the story of an exceptional sporting family.



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