Northern Bombers job earns Keogh top coach
UNDEFEATED: Rod KeoghKeogh, 32, is in his second year as coach of the Northern Bombers and has the team in this Saturday’s grand final against the Burnie Dockers.
It will be the first time Keogh has been involved in a grand final since he played in St Kilda’s losing team in 1997.
Keogh played 60 games with the Saints and before that was at Melbourne for two years and played in a reserves premiership in 1993.
Keogh’s announcement as coach of the NTFL “dream team” for 2003 was announced at the Darrel Baldock Medal count on Sunday.
The criteria for the dream team was that coaches couldn’t select players from their own clubs and they were on the money when they nominated Burnie’s Nick Probert as captain and Launceston’s Adam Sanders as vice-captain.
Later in the afternoon Probert and Sanders were joint winners of the Darrel Baldock Medal in the first tie for the award in 17 years.
“I feel privileged to be named coach of this outstanding side,” Keogh said.
The 2003 NTFL Dream Team
B: Brian Finch (S L’ton), Wade Nation (N Bomb), Nick Probert (Burn)
HB: Kim Curtis (N Bomb), Adam Sanders (L’ton), Matthew Wooldridge (Burn)
C: T MacMichael (Burn), Anthony Taylor (L’ton), Scott Stephens (S L’ton)
HF: Grant Guard (Peng), Andrew Hill (N Bomb), Adrian Partridge (E Dev)
F: Nick Barnes (Burn), Matthew Langmaid (Dev), Mark Lowe (Dev)
FOLL: Matthew Stephenson (Lat), Paul McKendrick (N Bomb), Scott Harris (S L’ton)
INTER: Justin Cotton (N Bomb), Warwick Fenner (S L’ton), Alex Gilmour (Wyn)
Coach: Rod Keogh; Captain: Nick Probert; Vice-captain: Adam Sanders.
¤¤¤ Newly crowned Darrel Baldock Medal winner Nick Probert is hoping his best and fairest award can provide the Burnie Dockers with some extra momentum as they strive for a third straight flag.
The last player to win the medal and the premiership in the same year was Nathan Howard at Ulverstone in 1996.
“It may well give us all a boost,” Probert said.
For the first time in two years the Dockers are going into the grand final as underdogs and Probert said his players appreciated having the pressure off them.
He said the Dockers had no major injury worries with midfielder Matthew Smith expected to return from a leg injury after missing the preliminary final against Launceston.
Burnie will run several supporters’ buses from West Park to Latrobe at a cost of $10 and a sausage sizzle will be held on Thursday night during the team’s final training session.
¤¤¤ The NTFL is offering a $30 family ticket for Saturday’s grand final. The family ticket for two adults and two children will include a souvenir programme valued at $3.
The adult admission is $10, an increase of $2 from last year and people will have the chance to win a $500 travel voucher courtesy of the Devonport Flight Centre and Qantas.
There will also be a $150 prize for the best banner, $100 for the best decorated section of the grandstand and $50 for the most appropriately dressed supporter courtesy of CUB.
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