KANGAROO Flat’s Ella Wicks has completed a remarkable family double with her Sing Medal win as the BFNL’s 17-and-under best fairest.
Wicks’ runaway win in Monday night’s vote count came three years on from her sister Milly’s win of the same award.
Sixteen-year-old Ella polled 29 votes, the same number Milly collected to win the 2015 award.
It’s what came next for Milly that has her younger sister just as excited.
Just days after her medal win, Milly continued her stellar form to lead the Roos to an imposing 20 goal premiership win against Sandhurst.
Ella, who will turn 17 early next month, hopes the 2018 version of the young Roos get their chance to shine on grand final day.
They must first get past Gisborne this Saturday, with a clash against Sandhurst on September 22 the prize for the winner.
“If we play to our potential (a grand final berth) is possible,” Ella said.
“It’s a matter of looking after the ball, but anything can happen on the day.”
Ella’s 29 votes was eight more than runner-up Charlotte Crook, who will be one of her opponent’s in Saturday’s preliminary final.
The Roos centre was at home in the kitchen listening to the medal count on an old clock-radio.
She sealed her victory with a run of five three-vote performances from six games during rounds four to nine.
“I didn’t get to play as much towards the end, but the first half of the season was good,” she said.
“I got concussed in one of my footy games (for Kangaroo Flat) – I had to sit out a few games – so I didn’t rack up as many votes later in the season.”
Her immense talent has already been recognised with a few appearances on the bench for A-grade and in some B-grade games.
While Ella considers joining her sister as a Sing medallist as ‘special’, the siblings would prefer comparisons between the two were left aside.
“People keep comparing us like it’s a big competition,” A-grade midcourt star Milly explained.
“In the end, we are just both happy with each other’s success and we’re as proud as each other.
“We were filming Ella at home when she won the medal and we were all going crazy in the house. It was a good feeling.”
While the sisters are team-mates for Strathfieldsaye in Bendigo Basketball A-grade women’s competition, both can only recall having played together once in a competitive netball game.
That was in the 17-and-under grand final in 2015, when Ella – as a 13-year-old, hit the court during the second half.
Sue Borserio, who coached the Roos to the premiership that day, this week recalled the game with fondness.
“Ella wasn’t even in the team, I just qualified in her case we had an injury and every game I threw her on she got better and better,” she said.
“In the final, we needed some speed so I threw her on and she was terrific.
“Milly played her normal great game and also looked after her baby sister on court.
“It was a magic moment to have two sisters play alongside each other in a premiership team.”
The Roos have dominated the Sing Medal honour board in recent seasons, supplying three winners in four years, with Danielle Markwell sharing the award with Gisborne’s Melinda Luke in 2016.
Meanwhile, after a pair of impressive finals wins against Golden Square and Eaglehawk, Milly Wicks believed the Roos would carry plenty of confidence into Saturday’s preliminary final against reigning premier Sandhurst.
“We just need to do what we have done all year against Sandhurst, which is cherish the ball and apply lots of defensive pressure,” the 20-year-old said.
“Our defenders have had an excellent finals series, so they will be important for us.”