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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 teammates. 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

Ashlee Barnett

Player number: #21

Nick Name: Ash

Height: 186cm

Positions: GD, GK

First Junior Team: Fairway NC and FDNA

Age started playing: 6 years old

Pathway teams

Victorian State

VIS Athlete

VNL Waves Athlete

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Work: Just graduated in 2020, studying at USC (education)

Favourite SSN Player: Rudi Ellis – seems to have it all, just a genuine inspiration

Hopes/Dreams: Pursue netball as far as I can as well as be happy with what I’m doing

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: Bachelor of Primary Education at USC

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.


Monique French

Player number: #19

Nick Name: Mon

Height: 175cm

Positions: C, WA

First Junior Team: Redbacks – Metro

Age started playing: 10 years old

Pathway teams

Div 1 Wildcats and Lions (2010-13),
U21 QLD squad member,
VNL championships for Peninsula waves 2014-2017,
Jets 2020



Work: PE Primary School Teacher

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Langman – absolute workhorse on the court and a true legend of the game.

Hopes/Dreams: To have a killer sapphire season and to get to know my new teammates. Also, hoping to finally marry my finance by the end of the year.

Binnian Hunt

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Player number: #13

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




Maddie Hinchliffe

Player number: #20

Nick Names: Mads

Height: 183cm

Positions: WD, C

First Junior Team: Wavell Netball Club, Brisbane NA

Age started playing: 7 years old

Pathway teams: 

U12-U18 Rep teams (State Age, CANA, QPL) for Brisbane Netball Assoc.,
Brisbane North Academy,
U17 & U19 QLD State teams,
U17 & U19 AUS TID,
Brisbane North Cougars 2015-2020 (Div 2, Div 1 & Sapphire),
QLD Fusion 2017-2020,
QLD Firebirds training partner 2017-2019,
QLD Firebirds debutant 2019

Study: Bachelor of Business/Management (Sport Studies) at UQ

Work: Part-Time admin officer at BNA

Favourite SSN Player: Tara Hinchliffe – I live with her, so I have to say this.

Hopes/Dreams: To enjoy all the little moments along the way.


Annabelle Lawrie

Player number: #14

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.


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: Full-time 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.

Amy Metcalf

Player number: #17

Nick Name: Metcalf, Ames

Height: 169cm

Positions: C, WD

First Junior Team: Wildcats, Redcliffe Netball Association

Age started playing: 5 years old

Pathway teamsCaboolture Rep Teams U12 – U15’s QPL Sunshine Coast Lynx USC Thunder Ruby Team and Sapphire team training Partner, U/19 QLD State Team.


Study: Bachelor of Environmental Management

Work: Netball Coach and Part of the uni student management team for Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Favourite SSN Player: Laura Scherian, because she shows tenacity and determination that has allowed her to keep reaching for her goals.

Why do you love playing for thunderI love the team culture and how professional the club is because it elevates me to try harder all the time.

Hopes/Dreams: Play for lightning one day. Help save the environment from climate change and human-related impacts that are ruining the planet.

Lia Woolnough

Player number: #18

Height: 183cm

Positions: WD, GD

First Junior Team: Blue Jays – WDNA

Age started playing: 5 years old

Pathway teams

U17 QLD (2017), 1
7/U Aus Squad 2017,
19/U QLD 2018 & 2019,
QLD Fusion squad member 2018/19


Study: Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Media & Communications (4th & final at QUT)

Work: Bakers Delight – casual

Favourite SSN Player: Jo Harten – she works hard, is a reliable player and has a good sense of humour.

Why do you love playing for thunderI love the team culture and how professional the club is because it elevates me to try harder all the time.

Hopes/Dreams: Netball – play at the SSN level
Work/Life – own my own business