Big loss for EL, Keet off to KZN
By Joe Clarke
The middle daughter of admired former local teachers, Russell and Nona Keet, Marcelle is sadly following in her sisters' footsteps as she left East London on Sunday with her son Morgan (4 years), to occupy the position of Director of Hockey at St Anne's Diocesan College in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.
'Sadly' because she takes with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in hockey and waterpolo with 148 and 48 national caps in the two sporting codes respectively.
With all three Keet girls having matriculated at Clarendon Girls, eldest sister Lee-Anne now teaches and coaches at Glenwood Boys High School in Durban while youngest sister Samantha is in charge of waterpolo at Collegiate Girls in Port Elizabeth.
Marcelle's playing days on a national level came to an end in 2017. However, her value as a coach has come to the fore where she currently holds the positions of Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the girls national under 18 and under 21 hockey sides respectively as well as being a selector.
Locally she's been running her Stanmore Coaching Academies in partnership to her mom's swim school, Stanmore Aquatics as well as coaching at Clarendon Primary.
Former SA hockey player and Head of Sport at Clarendon Primary, Bev Forword, coached Marcelle in primary school as well as played alongside her in later years said, "Marcelle has a deep passion and derives pure enjoyment from just playing, coaching and being part of a team. She has a wonderful way with children and she is loved by all who have been fortunate enough to call her coach. She will be missed on the Border and we acknowledge all she has done for our province over the years."
Beyond being a star acquisition for St Anne's, the move will allow Keet the opportunity to be more directly involved with the top high school's sportsmen and women at the various schools sport festivals around the country.
Keet said she will miss East London and all its special people, "But it's time to spread our wings. Thanks to everyone for all the love and support through the years."