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Semerads’ mom couldn’t be happier

While in Brisbane to cover the recent Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, I was introduced to the Semerad twins’ mother Evelyn who is from Minalin, Pampanga, and lives in the Australian city. ALV Events International CEO Arnold Vegafria, who manages the Semerad brothers Anthony and David, got us together.

Unfortunately, Evelyn wasn’t able to fly over to Manila to watch the recent PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals where her two sons played on opposing teams. David suited up for San Miguel Beer which won the title, 4-2, over TNT KaTropa. Anthony started in three of the six games in the Finals, averaging 7.2 points and taking on the role of San Miguel import Charles Rhodes’ primary defender.

“I’m really happy for both of them,” said Evelyn, 49. “David played on five PBA championship teams but for Anthony, this was his first Finals. It was such a break for Anthony because he was given a lot of playing time and did well. Somehow, his performance led to David getting some playing time, too. So in the end, it worked out well for both. I’ve just started a new job with Queensland Transport so I couldn’t get off work to watch the Finals.”

Evelyn has been married to Roman Semerad, a Czech native, for 30 years. They met in Melbourne when she went on a holiday with her grandparents. “A family friend introduced us and Roman later went to the Philippines where we got married,” she recalled. “Then, we settled in Melbourne but after about two years, we went to Prague where we lived for four years. Eventually, we went back to Australia where Roman now works as a painting contractor.”

The Semerads have three children. The oldest Tanya, 29, is a lawyer and a high-performance success coach. Anthony and David, 26, attended high school at John Paul College in Brisbane then took off for Prague where they explored the possibility of playing basketball in the European leagues. The 6-4 Semerads made it as reserves on the Czech U16 national team and were advised to turn pro. “They spent two years in Prague but we decided that education is a priority and if they joined the European pro leagues, it would be a full-time job,” said Evelyn. “So the boys went to Manila where I thought they could get a good education and pursue their basketball career at the same time.”

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/11/1718467/semerads-mom-couldnt-be-happier

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