Keen steers Magpies to glory
There are not many people who can say they have racked up 10 premiership titles in their lifetime.
However, that is the case for Benalla’s Kellie Keen.
The talented Goulburn Valley league netball export reached the milestone when her Wangaratta Magpies took down the Albury Tigers to claim the Ovens and Murray league A-grade flag this year.
Not only was it Keen’s first premiership as an A-grade coach, but also the first flag the Magpies have won in the league’s history — 22 years since making their first grand final appearance.
‘‘It was very exciting, not only for myself coaching in an A-grade premiership, but also for the club,’’ Keen said.
Despite appearing to have the magic touch, Keen said there was no real secret to her success, rather hard work and the culmination of a good team foundation.
‘‘I don’t think there’s a secret, it’s just about the players working together as a team and combining on the day,’’ she said.
‘‘The most important thing is to work together as a team and not just as individual players and success will come.
‘‘I’ve been fortunate to be in some great teams over the years.’’
Keen played 400 A-grade netball games for the Benalla Saints, winning seven flags before the opportunity to coach an A-grade side arose.
Since then, the playing coach has reached 80 games for the Wangaratta Magpies and Rovers combined, leaving her with a wealth of experience out on the court in Goulburn Valley and Ovens and Murray leagues.
Keen thanked the people of Benalla for supporting her and the Magpies in their grand final victory.
‘‘It was really great for me to have that support,’’ she said.
Keen will now decide what comes next in her already vastly successful netball career.
Wednesday, September 26, Jackpot Triples: There were 26 teams that played in the regular Jackpot Triples Tournament. Winners: J. Stevens, G. Lessing and E. Tomkins with 13 shots up. Runner up: I. Brond, R. Wallace and J. Harris Indoor Bowls, Monday, September 24: Three games of eight ends were played. Winners: R. Edwards, V. King, C. Levy and J. Holmes with a plus nine Runner up: D. McIntyre, L. Brown, D. Gulbin and Jack Lemin.
Tuesday, September 25: Winners: R.Charlwood, P.Edgar, H.Harper, R.Harper. Runner up: G.Sharp, J.Holmes, T.Pepper. Friday, September 28: Winners: M.Ryan, Joan Lemin, S.Lemmer. Runner up: R.Elkan, J.Quick, Jack Lemin. Saturday, September 29: Winners: L.Scholz, M.Price, E.Haydon. Runner up: J.Quick, N.Elkan, H.Ray.
Thrilled: Former Benalla Saints netballer Kellie Keen has won her first premiership as an A-grade coach with Wangaratta Magpies.