18 Sep Bingham sisters united in attacking their netball goals
The USC Thunder side that faced the Cougars earlier this season featured not one but two Bingham sisters, with Josie 20, and Chloe 18, stepping onto the court for the team.
The pair began playing netball at their local club to have fun with their school friends and, years later, are pursuing their dreams together in the Thunder’s Ruby and Sapphire teams.
“I think it’s really cool (to play with her sister), because not many people get that opportunity, especially at a higher level,” Josie said.
“It’s always comforting to look around on the court and see a familiar face out there.”
Both sisters play in attacking positions, with Chloe providing valuable strength as a Goal Shooter and Josie delivering speed and skill at Goal and Wing Attack.
Although their styles may differ, they are able to assist each other both on and off the court.
“I try to help her out with different things, especially as I’m playing out the front of her as well as being a feeder,” explained Josie.
“We’re constantly just trying to make each other better and constantly trying to improve each other.”
Thunder currently sit in fourth position on the Sapphire Series ladder, and Josie is confident that the team will continue to improve in their second year in the competition.
“I really think we’ve built our community and our family spirit, and I think we’ve built on the foundations of last year,” she said.
“We’ve really just built those relationships on court as well and it’s showing in our results, whether it is winning or just having those really tight games.”
Chloe was involved in one of those wins this past weekend against the Bull Sharks and displayed the shooting proficiency that has convinced Coach Garry Pashen to include her in the Sapphire Series team this season, scoring 12 goals from 13 attempts.
“Playing at that high level and getting the experience playing against people who are training partners for the Suncorp Super Netball is really good,” said Chloe, who is currently completing Year 12 at Brigidine College in Indooroopilly.
The Binghams form part of an impressive Thunder attack highlighted by Sunshine Coast Lightning players Binnian Hunt and Annabelle Lawrie, and Chloe is capitalising on the opportunity to learn from more experienced players.
“Having that experience in front of me and just playing with them settles me,” she explained.
“I know they’ll take charge and I’m just out the back helping them out.”
Josie, Chloe and the rest of the USC Thunder team are on the courts again next weekend, as both the Ruby and Sapphire sides strive to consolidate their finals position against the Panthers and Jets respectively.