If it looks like there is a sixth sense between players on the pitch for Marconi Stallions women’s football teams this year – it’s because there is.
There are six sets of sisters in the club ranging from the under-15s to the open squad, where the majority apply their trade.
Isabella and Sophia Sollecito, Tamsin and Kaiya Buchanan, Ceyda and Lara Cambaz, Hannah and Emma Voloder, Michelle and Louise Dalbon and Taliah and Neissa Castillo are all part of the Stallions system.
Ceyda, 26, has been at the club for 12 years, and is hoping to play with 17-year-old sister Lara this year who is recovering from an ACL injury.
“You just have a different connection with your siblings… Other clubs are always getting new players, whereas us girls are either related or have been there for years, we all know the way each other play,” Ceyda said.
Ceyda said not only is her sister close by, but she describes her teammates as being her “soccer family.”
“We spend three nights a week together, then we’ve got the game all day Sunday. We see each other a lot and have formed close relationships with everyone,” she said.
Hannah said Marconi is “very much a family club” and playing with her sister Emma has brought them closer together.
“Just being able to tell people we both play first grade at Marconi together is pretty cool. We get to go to training and games together and pump each other up,” she said.
“I know that all the sisters on the field that play together, have each other’s back.”
Marconi are still waiting to play their first game in the NPL NSW Women’s 2 competition following COVID-19 cancellations.
– Chris Boulous and Samantha Jurman