Sporty siblings

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Life can be tough for parents ferrying their kids to sporting events every weekend, so spare a thought for the parents of John and Anna Brogan.

The Newlands brother and sister are just twoof five sporting siblings who all need to be in different places at the same time.

Mum and dad’s taxi service must have worked, because Anna is now a rising tennis star Anna and John hopes to cement his place in GHA rugby’s first XV at just 18.

Anna started playing a decade ago and is now ranked 290th in the international tennis federation 
(ITF) world U18 competition aged just 14.

The St Aloysius student won her first title in the league in July, when she won the ITF 18-and-under Aegon junior international in Edinburgh

Anna — whose tennis travels have taken her from Moscow to Morroco — said: “It can be lonely, being in a foreign city, staying in a hotel.

“But I love playing tennis, competing and winning is great. My biggest challenge is to keep trying to get better, to improve and achieve my potential”.

Meanwhile John got a baptism of fire to rugby, being introduced to the sport by a tackle from his brother during a game in the back garden which broke his collar bone.

He would quickly have to get used to being injured, the worst of which has been a torn cruciate ligament.

Despite the spotted fitness history, GHA made it to the first team when he was selected to the team which won the Glasgow city sevens in May, beating Glasgow Warriors along the way.

John is now hoping to avoid injury and cement a starting place he said: “I hope to establish myself at 10 or 12.

“Like Anna, I really work hard at my sport. I like to see how I can improve my skills. I am constantly out practicing my kicking so I’m ready when I get my chance”.

John will be hoping there’s 
more success for the Brogans on Saturday, when GHA host Dalziel at 3pm KO.

All three local sides are at home, with Cartha entertaining Greenock and Whitecraigs welcoming Dunfermline.