Sister Acts: meet some of the female siblings on the North Wales football scene

Mari (left) and Gwenno Gibbard are now back together at Bethel

North Wales football has plenty of sisters involved in the same club through either management or playing.

Here are just seven Grassroots North Wales could think of…..

Gwenno Gibbard-Bolton and Mari Gibbard

Mari Gibbard (back row – furthest left) and Gwenno Gibbard (front – third left) in a past Bethel line up of recent season

Gwenno is usually captain and midfield general for Bethel, but is currently on a football break due to pregnancy.

Younger sister Mari is studying in America, but has also signed back for Bethel.

Striker Mari was top-scorer for Llandudno last season in the Welsh Premier League. As a youngster, she won the Welsh Schools Cup with Ysgol Brynrefail.

Gwenno led Bethel to the joint North Wales League Division One title last season, as well as two cup finals. She is also a two-time Welsh Cup quarter-finalist.

Sarah Colville and Claire Colville

Sarah Colville (back row – furthest left) and Claire Colville (front – second right) with Llandudno Ladies back in 2016. Samantha Jarvis-Evans (back row – fifth right) and Rebecca Jarvis-Evans (back row – third right) are also in the picture (mini-biog below)

Twin sisters who have a long standing association with firstly Llandudno Junction, and then later Llandudno.

Sarah was a prolific goalscorer for Junction in her time before injury ended her career. Nonetheless, she remained prominent in the game as manager of Llandudno Ladies, who she led to the 2015/16 Welsh Cup Final.

Defender Claire was a consistent performer in the Welsh Premier for both Junction and Llandudno over a number of seasons before Tudno were forced to resign from the top-flight this season.

She still hopes to return to the game after an operation for a long-term injury.

Samantha Jarvis Evans and Rebecca Jarvis Evans

Twins Sammy and Becky were involved with Llandudno for a number of seasons in the Welsh Premier, but this term switched their allegiance to new team Connah’s Quay Nomads in North Wales Women’s League Division Two.

Both have become part of a successful squad which is unbeaten in the league and have reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup against all the odds.

Lucy, Charlotte and Emily Morris

Lucy and Emily (middle row, furthest left) and Charlotte (middle row – fifth along from left) celebrate Denbigh’s 2014-15 title win

Triplets who were all part of the Denbigh Town squad which won the North Wales League title in 2014/15 and then made it to the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup the following season.

Emily Morris (orange and black) tackles Bethel ace Ffion Wyn Williams

Emily is a defender, Charlotte a wide player and Lucy plays as a forward. All three also turned out for Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay when they were younger.

Lucy Morris challenges Llandudno’s Sofie Owen (stripes)

They are now local celebrities for their lively views on TV and football shared on Twitter!

Yasmin Mills, Ashleigh Mills and Jess Mills

Yasmin makes a super save

All three sisters have played together for NFA in North Wales Women’s League Division Two this season.

Yasmin is a goalkeeper noted for her bravery and shot-stopping skills having produced some tremendous performances for Rhyl over the years.

Ashleigh Mills in her Rhyl days (white)

Serving soldier Ashleigh still plays for NFA some weekends. A left-sided attacker, she is well known for her spectacular goals, having once scored a Welsh Premier hat-trick. She was also in the Prestatyn Girls squad which lifted the 2014/15 Welsh Cup.

Jess Mills

Jess only started playing senior football this season, but is already a stand-out player as an attacking left-back with NFA.

Rachael Nattrass/Tara Nattrass

Happy days gone by as Rachael Nattrass receives her Wales Under-16 cap from Ian Rush

Both sisters have played their part in a great season so far for Connah’s Quay Nomads, who are undefeated in North Wales League Division Two and have reached the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Tara joined the Deesiders in pre-season, while Rachael began the campaign at Llandudno in the Welsh Premier, but later moved to the Quay.

Both sisters have also played together for Rhyl before.

Tara Nattrass (red) in action for Connah’s Quay

Rachael is a former Liverpool player who has represented Wales Under-16, U-17 and U-19.

She later joined Rhyl and Prestatyn, who were to become known as just Rhyl, and captained the side in their time in the Welsh Premier League.

Paige Williams/Lexi Crawley

Paige (left) and Lexi pictured together at a past Island Games

These talented sisters once both bore the surname Musgrave, but each got married so are now Mrs Williams and Mrs Crawley respectively.

The pair have played for Caernarfon Town, Bangor City and current club Amlwch Town together, while Lexi has also represented Wrexham and Paige once played for Bangor University in the BUCS League.

Paige on the attack for Amlwch

Paige is usually either a right-back or right-winger, while Lexi is an out-and-out goalscorer. Lexi was top-scorer for Amlwch last season with 17 goals and netted the winner as the Anglesey side lifted the North Wales Supplementary Cup. This season she is on 20 goals.

Lexi fires for goal against Rhyl. All Amlwch Town pictures by Gethin Jones

In the summer she was leading markswoman in the Inter-Island Games, finding the target five times for Ynys Môn’s women’s team, who made it all the way to the final.

Both Lexi and Paige were in the Anglesey team which performed so well and the pair were part of previous Môn squads at the Games.

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