Chris Binge junior shines at Rugby League trials
CHRIS Binge junior adopted a pretty simple philosophy at the recent NSW Combined Catholic Colleges rugby league selection trials in Sydney.
"I was just trying to play better than the players I was up against," he said.
As a result the youthful talent was picked for the NSW CCC Under-15s team for the Australian Schoolboys Championships to be held in Adelaide in later this month.
"Last year I was only 14 when I went to the trials so I didn't make the team, but this year I found it a bit easier, although it was still competitive," he said. "I'm pretty happy to finally make it."
Chris, who's contracted to the Brisbane Broncos and plays for Ballina Under-15s and Woodlawn College, was selected at centre for the side.
A strong runner who models his game on Brisbane's Justin Hodges, Chris said he enjoys playing an expansive game and likes to take on his opposite number one-on-one.
Chris' next goal is to win the Australian crown and be selected into the Australian merit side.
His preparation for the Champs will feature another two trips to Sydney before the end of June; with full-day training camps followed by games against the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels SG Ball sides.
A presentation night where he will be handed all his NSW playing gear will also be held in Parramatta, with Chris excited to meet former NSW playing greats.
Chris isn't the only talented member of his family, with father Chris Binge senior a former league star and now Seagulls first grade coach and younger brother Caleb, 14, also contracted to the Broncos.
Chris and Caleb have dreams of following in the footsteps of another set of brothers from Ballina - Mitch and James Aubusson - and Chris senior said they had no better people to look up to.
"I coached Mitch and he had a huge influence on both my boys," he said.
"They are both great role models for the boys and if they can achieve half of what the Aubusson brothers have, then there will be exciting times ahead."
Chris senior also praised the junior development at Ballina Seagulls.
"Ballina are a good product nursery and they have good structures with their junior development," he said.
"The way the club runs their structures is a credit to them. Chris and Caleb owe a lot of their development to Ballina. They wouldn't be where they are without them."