DOUBLE TAKE: The Wykes twins, Leah, left, and Kara, who played four hockey grand finals on the one day ? winning all four.
DOUBLE TAKE: The Wykes twins, Leah, left, and Kara, who played four hockey grand finals on the one day ? winning all four.

Seeing Double

By STEVE SPINKS

PEOPLE get them mixed up all the time.

Kara Wykes is the tall athletic blonde who is good at hockey.

Her twin Leah Wykes is also a tall athletic blonde who is good at hockey.

While the Lismore twin sisters are technically not identical twins, it would take good eyes to tell them apart the first time you meet them.

So how do you think Glee Hockey Club team-mates feel?

Not only do the girls play together, but they play in four different Glee sides.

"We get mixed up all the time, but we certainly know what they all mean," Leah laughed.

During the Far North Coast Hockey grand final day last month, the 15-year-old sisters played in four deciders, including the Under-14s, Under-17s, A reserve grade and A-grade.

They qualified for the Under-14s as goalkeepers despite being a year old.

FNC Hockey allows older goalies in age division games.

The Glee team Under-14 defeated East Lismore 2-1 in golden goal extra-time with Leah wearing the pads in the grand final and Kara padding up the week before.

In the Under-17 decider, Glee held off Northern Star 2-1, while in A reserve grade Glee defeated East Lismore 1-0.

In the A-grade match, the twins came off the bench and Kara scored the final goal in the dying minutes of their 5-1 romp over East Lismore.

Not bad for a day's work.

Unfortunately the family's grand final luck ended there.

Father Garrie Wykes and uncles Andrew and John Laycock all played for Summerlanders in the men's C-grade grand final.

They lost.

Leah and Kara ? Kara is older by three minutes ? play nearly every position on the park.

They rate anyone who plays in Australian hockey teams as their favourite sportspeople.

In fact, while the Olympics were on, the family's video machine was working overtime as they kept in touch with the Aussies' involvement during the wee hours of the morning.

The girls' skill and ability has been recognised by representative selectors who have invited them to try out for the North Coast Academy of Sport squad.

Both students at Lismore High School, Leah and Kara are definitely rising stars to watch.

If only you could tell them apart . . .



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