KYABRAM A Grade playing coach Belinda Lees (pictured left) may have just notched up 100 games, but that hasn’t stopped her from racking up the silverware.
She’s been at the helm for three premierships and has her eye on another this year, with her team currently undefeated in the 2017 GVL season.
While she’s described as part of the furniture at the Kyabram Netball Club, Lees’ hundredth game has been a long time coming after taking two seasons off for her two children.
Her passion for the game pushed her to take the reins when the opportunity presented in 2010.
‘‘I had encouragement from my family and the full support of the club, so it was hard to say no to such a great offer,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m always looking to increase my understanding and develop my game and coaching was the perfect way to do it.
‘‘And playing as well as coaching meant I got the best of both worlds.’’
While she relishes the opportunity to steer the team from the court, Lees admits playing and coaching comes with some challenges.
Being swept away in the emotion of a tough game is a challenge for all players and it becomes doubly hard for Lees.
‘‘You have to have a clear head to make the right decisions for the team. It’s easy to get caught up in the game,’’ she said.
‘‘You have to step away from that and be the coach as well as a player.’’
Mateship is the Bombers’ big drawcard for the Kyabram coach. The lifelong friends she has made are above any of the trophies collected.
‘‘I’m very proud to lead this group of girls. Their work ethic, honesty and integrity are second to none,’’ she said.
‘‘I feel privileged to hold my position as a player and coach.’’