A First for the NEAFL
The Tigers will create a first at NEAFL level (and perhaps on the Eastern seaboard at any equivalent or higher standard of football) with the appointment of a female to its senior grade coaching ranks for 2014.
NEAFL Co-Coaches Kade Klemke and Josh Bryce have announced the appointment of Bec Goddard as the Clubs Opposition Coach.
The position has been created to assist with the ever increasing professional nature of the NEAFL competition.
Bec Goddard has a long family history with AFL in the district with both her Father Robb and Grandfather Frank being distinguished officials / players of the Belconnen Magpies Club through the sixties, seventies, eighties and early nineties.
Bec herself has a distinguished career in football with the following achievements / milestones:
1999- Commenced as a goal umpire in the ACTAFL .
2009- Became the first female in Australia to field umpire a state league level game (NEAFL).
2011 and 2012- Division 1 Grand Final Umpire
187 games in the field- AFL Canberra.
2008 and 2009- Inaugural Women’s Gungahlin Jets Head Coach
2010 and 2011- NSW/ACT Youth Girls Head Coach
2011, 2012 and 2013- Eastlake Womens Coach- Div 1, including back to back premierships in 2011 and 2012, Grand Final 2013.
2013- ACT Women’s Assistant Coach- Div 2 Premiers at the AFL Women’s National Championships
167 combined games with Belconnen, Eastlake and Gungahlin in the ACTWAFL plus with Melbourne University in the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL).
Represented the ACT at four AFL Women’s National Championships.
2001-2003 and 2005-2008- varying roles running the volunteer organisation known as the ACT Women’s AFL (ACTWAFL) including Treasurer, Vice President and Director of Media/Website.
2004- Director of Public Affairs- Melbourne Uni Football Club.
2005- Selector- Victoria Country/Metro and Director of Media- Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL)
2011, 2012 and 2013- Female Umpire Liaison Officer- AFL Canberra
2009- ACTWAFL Life Member- AFL Canberra Life Member- one of only 3 women to receive this award.
2009- Most improved AFL Canberra Umpire
2013- GWS Giants- Number 1 of the Top 100 Women in Football Award.
The Tigers Club are extremely pleased to have a person of such calibre and experience involved in 2014 and look forward to a valuable and rewarding experience for both Bec and the Club.