THREE OF A KIND

first_imgThe Ingram sisters love a good challenge, whether it’s out on the Touch field, or keeping their house in Canberra spider-free.Tash, Amanda and Mel Ingram are all at this year’s NTL playing in the ACT Womens Open team. It’s the first time the three sisters have played together at the NTL, with Amanda and Mel playing Womens Open in 2005 and Tash playing Mixed Open.For about the past six years they have enjoyed playing for the Tuggeranong Vikings together in Canberra, and enjoy being involved playing Touch as a family affair.“We also play in a social side with our other sister, Cassandra, we just got her playing too,” said Mel.In early 2005 Mel was lucky enough to represent Australia at the Youth World Cup on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her sisters were lucky enough to go and watch her play for her country.“It was really exciting, all our family, even our aunties and uncles traveled to watch Mel play,” said Amanda.“Watching Mel play for Australia made all the family really proud, we found it really inspiring also,” added Tash.For Mel, the experience of being at an international tournament was enhanced by the fact that her family was all there supporting her.“It was really nice having a lot of support, I didn’t know my teammates that well when I arrived at the tournament, so it was a comfort knowing my family was there,” she said.At the 2006 NTL, the Ingram sisters will be hoping that their sisterly intuition will help their team, the ACT Womens Open on the field“I think we have a pretty good understanding of each other, and often we can pick what the other is going to do,” said Mel.Playing together at a club level will also be beneficial.“We’re looking to introduce some moves that we have learnt playing club level Touch, into our game here. And hopefully we can take what we have learnt playing here back to improve our game at club level,” said Amanda.They admit to being blatantly honest with each other both on and off the field. But also think sometimes it can be a negative thing.“Sometimes we can be a bit too honest with each other,” said Tash.“We say some things that we’d probably hold off saying if we weren’t sisters.”“It’s good that we do always tell each other things we can improve on, and are more comfortable taking criticism from someone we know,” said Mel.Not every team can come to an NTL and take home a title, and the girls are realistic about their goals for the tournament, both individually and as a team.“We hope to improve our overall placing at the event, and really stick it to the teams we know we can beat. We hope to be competitive in all the games we play,” said Amanda.Through hard off-season training, the ACT Women as a team have become one metre faster over 15 metres.So in the coming years, not only watch out for the ACT Womens Open team to continue improving, but watch for the three who look amazingly similar- they will be the Ingrams.last_img

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