Young Magpie Hannah Azzi wouldn't dream of flying the nest.
After joining Murray Magpies six years ago as a junior, the 18-year-old is now enjoying her second season in A-grade.
But this year she has taken the next step and is trying her hand at a senior coaching role, leading the club's C-reserves.
"It's different starting to coach seniors instead of juniors," Azzi said.
"I've always looked up to our coach Kiera (Nicholson) because she has so much knowledge.
"It's good for me now to be able to pass on that knowledge to future players."
Stepping onto the court in goal-defence each week, Azzi admitted she has a close connection with teammate and fellow defender Laura Keighran.
"We've played together since under-16s, so we have a pretty good bond," she said.
"We're also best friends, we grew up together and went to school together."
The Magpies have been forced to battle several injuries this season after just eight rounds.
Coach Nicholson has suffered an elbow injury, while midcourt player Jess Black has had knee concerns.
"Our shooter Hayley McPhillips has also only just come back from surgery," Azzi said.
"We're starting to get everyone back now, so we should have them back in when we start the draw again."
The Magpies are coming off the back of a confidence boosting win against Rand-Walbundrie-Walla last round, with Azzi starring for the side in defence.
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"It was a bit unexpected," she said.
"But we've been working really hard at training and I think everyone has grown so much with the amount of injuries that we've had."
While taking out under-16s and B-grade best and fairest honours during her time at the club, Azzi said seeing the Magpies grow has been one of her proudest moments.
"Everyone's putting in the hard work and I think the club has a good future ahead of them," she said.
"There's quite a lot of people who have been there consistently."
Having only ever played in the Hume league, Azzi admitted she wouldn't have it any other way.
"The country environment and the sportsmanship is great," she said.
"I've played netball for as long as I can remember, so it's been a big part of my life."
Murray Magpies will take on Howlong in Lavington on the weekend.
The Spiders are coming off the back of a win against Henty.
Other match-ups will see CDHBU host Brock-Burrum, Culcairn meet Rand-Walbundrie-Walla, Henty clash with Osborne, Jindera to battle Billabong Crows and Lockhart to play Holbrook.
There's no Tallangatta league netball this weekend.
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