Award surprises Saints captain

October 05, 2017

Benalla Saints under-17 captain Kelsey Rigg won her league's best and fairest award at the recent league vote count.

Benalla Saints under-17 netball skipper Kelsey Rigg was shocked when it was announced she had won the league’s best and fairest award.

The goal-shooter, in her third and final year playing in the under-17 Goulburn Valley Netball League, said although it was her best year playing for Benalla she did not expect to receive the award.

‘‘I was playing above my grade for the first two years, so it was nice to have a leadership position this time,’’ Rigg said.

‘‘I went along to the vote count, but I was just shocked when I won.

‘‘I had to do a speech, and I was lucky to have family with me, my dad was there.’’

Rigg’s side finished fourth in the normal season with 14 wins from 18 matches, before beating Shepparton Swans in the first qualifying final.

Their season ended after being undone by second-placed Echuca, 42-50 in the semi final.

Rigg said she looked forward to staying on with the Saints next year, but said she was unsure what side she would be playing for.

‘‘I do want to stay (with the Saints) next year, and hopefully I can play with some of the top-age girls from this year,’’ Rigg said.

‘‘I was pretty sad about the way we went out (against Echuca) because we’d had such a good year up until then, but I’m still happy that we’d gone that far as well.’’

Rigg also praised team coach Jarrod Walker, saying he was a crucial part of the team going as far as it did this year.

‘‘Jarrod Walker was fantastic to be taught by, because he was new to the club, it was his first year,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not sure what side he’ll be taking next year, but I would want to have him as a coach again some time.’’

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