We’ll miss her says premier team
Celebrating a successful season is tinged with sadness for the Mt Albert Grammar premier netball team.
Coach and deputy principal TeAroha Keenan is leaving to become the head coach of the LG Northern Mystics, after being assistant coach this season.
The premier team was second in the national secondary schools tournament two weeks ago and will miss the coach who led them to success.
“We will miss her, she’s a big part of netball,” says player Darrell Leota.
Today is Ms Keenan’s last day at the school where she has taught PE and overseen netball for the past five years.
Formerly TeAroha Clarke, she played for the Silver Ferns and has been a successful coach.
Her achievements include being Silver Ferns assistant coach and coaching the New Zealand A team and the Auckland Diamonds.
“I’ve always coached on top of my job. This will be my first time netball coaching without working as well. It’s a bit of a shock to the system, I’ve always had input into young people.
“It’s probably what I’m going to miss in my role.”
Ms Keenan says she leaves behind a strong premier team, most of whom have had individual success on representative sides.
The team went to Singapore at the start of the year and had a successful season, winning the North Island champs.
“They won a lot of things and did really well in the competition but faltered in the final.
“It’s been a great season, I’m expecting even bigger things next year.”
Despite not taking out the top honours, player Tera-Maria Amani, 15, was named player of the tournament.
Ms Keenan’s daughter Tuaine will be in the premier team next year so she will still be following their progress.
“I’ve got a group of players who are year 13 who I’ve had for five years. I will definitely be following them.”
She hopes to see the players take the next step in competing not only against their own age group, but against more experienced netballers.
“I would like to see them go from schoolgirl players to senior players.”
Mystics chief executive Mark Cameron says he’s pleased to have Ms Keenan involved and believes she will help cultivate the team for next year’s ANZ Championship.
Moving on: Mt Albert Grammar netball players Darrell Leota, left, and Tera-Maria Amani with coach TeAroha Keenan who is leaving to coach the Mystics.