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Meet The Sapphire Team

Sienna Allen

Player number: #5

Nick Name: Si

Height: 190cm

Positions: GK, GD

First Junior Team: North Gambier Netball Club, South Australia

Age started playing: 11 years old

Pathway teams: 2018 – 2019 Lightning Training Partner.                                                        
2018 – 2020 ANL Player SA Force, NT Storm, Capital Darters
2016 17U Australian Squad
2017-2018 19U Australian squad.
2016-2018 South Australia Underage Netball teams
 2016 17U Netball National Champions

Work: Receptionist at The Knee Joint Physiotherapy

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Geitz, she was my idol growing up

Why do you love playing for thunder: The environment and my team mates. It’s a place where I feel I am able to continue to develop my netball and learn as a player

Hopes/Dreams: To be the best netballer I can be

Chloe Bingham

Player number: #12

Nick Name: Chlo-Chlo

Height: 188cm

Positions: GS

First Junior Team: St Josephs, Western Districts Netball Association

Age started playing: 7 years old

Pathway teams: Capital Darters Squad 2020
QLD 2019 19U Training squad
2017 -2018 QLD 17U training Squad
U15 QLD School Girls Training Partner
Met West Rep U13 – U19

Study:  Currently completing Year 12

Work:   Betty’s Burgers Indooroopilly

Favourite SSN Player: Caitlyn Thwaites – she is very determined in everything she does. She uses her skill to outplay her defence, and always fighting to improve her game.

Why do you love playing for thunder: It’s like being part of a huge family. I look forward to going to training and having fun but also training hard. I love to look for the girls for feedback but also know they have my back.

Hopes/Dreams: Balance my netball career with becoming a Primary School teacher.

 

Lily-May Catling

Player number: #3

Height: 180cm

Positions: GD/WD

First Junior Team: Bournemouth Netball Club in England

Age started playing  

Pathway teams: STATE LEAGUE – Brisbane West Lions Div 2 – 2018.                                           
ANL – Territory Storm – Injury replacement player – 2019
ANL – Capital Darters Training Partner 2020

Favourite SSN Player: Geva Mentor has always been a role model for me, being from the same hometown but I also really admire Karla Pretorious for not only the way she plays but how she presents herself as an athlete and person.

Why do you love playing for Thunder: Not only is Thunder a team that is absolutely stacked with talent throughout sapphire, ruby and the underage and academy programs, but it’s a team that has a really strong set of values and morals, in terms of how we treat each other, how we train and how we represent our home on the Sunshine Coast

Hopes/Dreams: I have some big personal goals, but for this season – we are just so lucky to be playing netball I think its really important to focus on the job at hand. Working as hard as we can as a team and putting a good performance out each week to make our region and supporters proud. 

Josephine Hungerford

Player number: #4

Nick Name: Josie

Height: 165cm

Positions: WA, C

First Junior Team: Angels Netball Club, Caboolture netball Association

Age started playing: 6 years old

Pathway teams: QLD 17U
QLD 19U
Suncoast Lynx

Studying: In July I graduated with a double Degree in Law and Justice from QUT

Work: I work full time in Corporate and commercial law

Favourite SSN Player: Cara Koenen – she works so hard and looks good doing it

Why do you love playing for thunder: Thunder epitomises the best netball talent on then Sunshine Coast and it provides an elite pathway for young netballers who live outside of Brisbane. We are more of a family than a sporting club and we proudly represent our community.

Hopes/Dreams: Hart Sapphire series Champions in 2020.  I hope to one day become a partner in a law firm.

Binnian Hunt

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Player number: #13

Player Name: Binnian Hunt

Nick Names: Binni or B

Height: 181cm

Positions: GA, GS

First Junior Team: Rivers Netball Association

Age started playing: 10 years old

Pathway teams: Sunshine Coast Lightning Training Partner                                                       
ANL NT Storm and Capital Darters

Study: Bachelor of Sports Studies at USC

Work: Netball Coaching

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman, because she’s Laura Langman! #Superhuman

Why do you love playing for thunder: Thunder breeds high performance and I’m all for it. Grateful I’ve built lifelong friends I can share this journey with.

Hopes/Dreams: To be happy

 

 

Annabelle Lawrie

Player number: #14

Player Name: Annabelle Lawrie

Nick Names: Annie, Ann

Height: 186cm

Positions: GA, GS

First Junior Team: Breakers Netball Club,  NGCNA

Age started playing: 10 years old

Pathway teams: Sunshine Coast Lightning Training Partner                                                       
ANL Capital Darters
QLD 19U team
QLD 17U and 19U Training Partner
NT U19 Team
Golden South Jaguars               

Study: Double degree in secondary teaching and outdoor and environmental sciences at USC.

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman, her ability to lead from the front and her never give up attitude. She is such an amazing person to be around.

Why do you love playing for thunder: Amazing group of girls who all have the same passion. The high-performance environment and learning from quality coaches .

Hopes/Dreams: Graduate Uni and debut on an SSN court.

Ashlee Unie

Player number: #1

Nick Names: Ash, Smash

Height: 180cm

Positions: WD, GD

 

Age started playing: 7 years old

First Junior Team: Buderim Firebirds at Sunshine Coast Netball Association

Pathway teams: 2017, 19, 20 Sunshine Coast Lightning Training Partner                               
2018 Firebirds Training Partner
2016 – 2020 ANL (QLD Fusion, NT Storm, Capital Darters)

Occupation: Physiotherapist

Favourite SSN Player: Karla Pretorius- she’s premium.

Why do you love playing for Thunder: Love representing my hometown and helping to develop future talent.

Hopes/Dreams: One day I hope to play for Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Ali Wilshire

Player number: #15

Player Name: Ali Wilshier

Nick Name: Als

Height: 164cm

Positions: C, WA

First Junior Team: Otorohanga Netball Centre

Age started playing: 7 years old

Pathway teams: ANZ Premiership Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Training Partner                      
NZ National League Beko Waikato/Bay of Plenty Team                                          

Study: Nursing

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman – her work rate is second to none and not only is she a beast of an athlete she is also an all round good person.

Why do you love playing for thunder: Excited for my first season with Thunder and to experience some Aussie style netball.

Hopes/Dreams: Become a paediatric Nurse and represent my country on the international stage.

Sarahpheinna Woulf

Player number #2

Nick Name: Phienna

Height: 182cm

Positions: GK, GD

First Junior Team: All Stars Netball Club

Age started playing 8 years old

Pathway teams: Lightning training Partner
Aus U21 Squad
ANL NT Storm and Capital darters
Aus 17U and 19U Squad
QLD 17U and 19U teams
QLD Schoolgirls teams

Studying: Bachelor of Social work at USC

Work: I coach Net set go for NQ and coach a Netball academy at Sunshine Coast Christian College, I also waitress at Beach bar and Grill and help look after my siblings.

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman – so genuine and caring and always takes time out of her day to see how I am going. Her leadership, care and commitment makes her so unique.

Why do you love playing for Thunder: We have such beautiful people here inside and out. Amazing staff and players and it’s so exciting to be part of a new club.

Hopes/Dreams: Graduate Uni, make Aus 21’s team in 2021, play for Australia, build myself and my family a house, start my own clothing brand. Build my own gym/sports centre to cater for the disadvantaged.

Chloe Litherland

Player number: #7

Nick Names: Chlo, Chlo-rider

Height: 173cm

Positions: C, WA, WD

First Junior Team: Burpengary Jets, Caboolture Netball Association

Age started playing: 8 years old

Pathway teams: QLD State teams U15 – U19                                                                           
Sunshine Lynx 2012 – 2018
Caboolture netball Association (U12-U15)

Work: Fulltime teacher

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman. I love her speed, court smarts and patience with the ball.

Why do you love playing for thunder: The family culture we are creating, and all working towards the same goal where we support each other no matter what.

Hopes/Dreams: Play ANL and become a lightning Training Partner and to become a principal.

Adrienne Keeffe

Height: 185cm

Positions: GK, GD

Age started playing: 6 years old

First Junior Team: Gympie Netball Association

Pathway teams: Gympie Netball
Caloundra Netball Rep
Sunshine Coast Lynx

Occupation: Project Admin for an Electrical Design Firm

Favourite SSN Player: Ash Brazill – Her drive to jeep pushing new boundaries is amazing. To play 2 codes at the same time and maintain the same level of skill at her age is inspiring.

Why do you love playing for thunder: I love the team environment and competitive nature of the comp.

Hopes/Dreams: To end up living on the Sunshine Coast and move into project management.