Rachel and Tessa share a love for the game

Twins Rachel and Tessa Kilchenmann have plenty in common – including a talent for netball.

The 15-year-olds have this week returned home to Bridgetown from Karratha, where they represented Western Australia in a 15/U State School Girls team.

The black and gold-decked team were given the opportunity to put their skills to the test in an open competition when the usual School Sport Australia Championships were cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the five-game series they versed older and more experienced players from Port Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Broome.

But the teenagers proved they could hold their own against the more seasoned competitors, starting out in second division and moving into first division after smashing it in their first game.

“It was amazing. The best experience ever. We absolutely loved it,” Rachel said.

“It was good competition. When we got moved up to the top division, it was a lot harder and our whole team played super well together.”

It was the South West Academy of Sport athlete’s second stint playing for a WA team, having also previously earned positions in a 12/U State School Girls team that travelled to Darwin.

The duo credit Megan Burvill and the Bridgetown Netball Association as a starting point in their netball careers, along with the high-level support received through their SWAS scholarships and netball head coach Dale Nielsen.

Nielsen praised the Kilchenmann sisters for outshining hundreds of school girls across the State at selection trials to earn a position in the team.

“Their talent combined with their commitment and desire to improve is outstanding, as well as solid basic netball skills and understanding of the game,” Nielsen said.

“Tessa and Rachel have benefited from the support and expertise of their coach, Megan Burvill, as well as the support of their parents.”