Clare looks back on town netball
NETBALL: Clare Ferguson is gearing up for her first coaching role at Australian Diamonds level - 22 years after she made her first representative team in Warwick,
Ferguson, nee McMeniman, was chosen last week as a specialist defensive coach for the Diamonds for a team that will be without two defensive stars, Laura Geitz and Sharni Layton, who have retired from international netball since the Commonwealth Games.
"The core defensive group have been in the squad for the past couple of years but there might be an addition of one or two players,” she said.
Ferguson recalls playing her first netball at Warwick West State School. She made Darling Downs teams in 1996-97 while playing school netball and for the Warwick association at Barnes Park.
Back in Warwick, she played goal attack before making her mark in wing and goal defence.
"I have fond memories of Warwick netball. There is a beautiful feel to the association. The work Linda Bunch does helps keep the association strong,” Ferguson said.
A past national captain, Ferguson will work under head coach Lisa Alexander for the Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand and the Constellation Cup between Australia and New Zealand.
The two cup tests are in Brisbane and Townsville.
Ferguson said the England win against Australia in the gold medal game in the Commonwealth Games showed that playing any of the top-four were just as imposing as each other.
"I am looking forward to coaching a fairly young group,” she said.
"There is so much more depth now in world netball. It is no longer the age-old expectation that Australia and New Zealand will make the final.”
The top four are Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa.
Ferguson isn't getting carried away with her appointment and firmly has her feet on the ground as she looks forward to a new phase in her career.
"I only have a contract for the two series,” she said.