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January 03, 2018

Millie Ferguson after last year’s premiership win for Tocumwal A grade.

Millie Ferguson will take the reins as Tocumwal attempts a fourth straight premiership in this year’s Picola & District Netball League north-east A grade competition.

The star midcourter — who claimed the best on court medal in last year’s ‘three-peat’ — takes over from premiership teammate Kate Bird as the Bloods’ A grade coach.

Despite having played nine years of A grade netball, Ferguson said she would still be feeling some pressure going into the season.

‘‘I’m looking forward to the challenge; it’s not often you go for four premierships in a row at a club,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re a great group of girls who I know will support me.

‘‘I think my experience at the top level is important and I get along well with the whole squad, from A grade down to the reserve grades.

‘‘I know that if I’m struggling with coaching then there are plenty of experienced players around me who will offer advice.

‘‘That close bond between players is so vital to the success of the team and I have no doubt that will help us this year.’’

Ferguson joined Tocumwal in 2015, after playing in consecutive A grade grand final wins with Mulwala in the Murray Netball League.

She was instrumental in Tocumwal’s 2017 Picola League grand final, winning best on court honours playing wing defence.

Ferguson said she was confident the depth of the Bloods’ entire netball program will lead to another successful season.

‘‘I like our chances of winning a fourth flag with the potential squad we have.

‘‘We have some experienced players who are exceptional leaders and will be instrumental in guiding our younger players,’’ she said.

‘‘There are plenty of girls in B grade who can easily play in the senior side and make an impact.

‘‘Junior development is really important and we have some girls coming up who will help make us strong again this year.

‘‘One of the important keys is not to get too comfortable, otherwise you can lose focus.’’

Ferguson said she aims to host team bonding days and extra training sessions to help strengthen the squad.

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