LIFELONG Natimuk United supporter, former player and club member Debbie Keyte is ready for a strong finals series.
Keyte was born into the club and hasn’t dreamt of leaving.
“I played netball for 35 years and am a staunch supporter,” she said.
The Natimuk United senior side played Edenhope-Apsley in the final round of the Horsham District league season and needed to win to play in its first finals series in 20 years.
The Rams prevailed and Keyte said it was an emotional moment.
“At three-quarter time at the huddle it was so emotional, the way coach Sammy Anson talked to the players gave me goosebumps up my arm,” she said.
Club veteran Billy Lovel was so motivated by the speech he said he would play in the forward line, Keyte said.
“We were all motivated by the way Sam spoke,” she said.
“There was just relentless pressure from the boys – I haven’t seen that for a long time.”
Keyte’s father Les played for the Rams and she loves the fact she was born into the club.
“My mother Lee is very passionate about the club as well,” she said.
Keyte enjoys every game day.
“Now that I don’t play I do the first aid for the A and B Grade girls,” she said.
“But I just love footy – every chance I get I will go and watch the senior boys play.”
Keyte said it had been a long time coming with several years of pain and heartache on the football field.
“When they’re hurting, you’re hurting,” she said.
“Now we are winning our membership base is going up.
“Our community is a bit older and we are starting to see more of the old farmers come to the club to see how the team goes.
“It’s a great social outlet for so many people in the community.”
Keyte also has three sisters, Mandy, Sharon and Fiona, who have all played more than 300 netball games for the club while Keyte finished her career with 504 games.
“I am pretty sure all our supporters bleed blue and yellow,” she said.
“We have to be happy we are through to finals. Now the destiny is in the fellas’ hands.
“I am pretty sure they won’t leave anything out there.”
Keyte has decorated her Natimuk home almost like it’s Christmas, but in blue and yellow.
She has a model ram and a model ewe out the front, which have blue and yellow decorations on them, along with with two footballs and five netballs representing each team in the finals series.