The Dimboola Football Netball Club has announced Sam Godden as assistant coach to support Justin Beugelaar for the 2019 football season.
Sam Gooding and Fraser Jennings have agreed to join Dimboola since the announcement of Beugelaar as senior coach for 2019.
Godden was to play the 2018 season with the Roo’s, however due to personal commitments he was not able to come to Dimboola. He played the season with Balranald in the Central Murray Football League.
Club president Col Campbell said, “he’s played plenty of high level footy and was an ‘All Australian’ team member in the Under-16s.”
“He’s 22 now, but played his first Northern Territory Football League premier division game for the Waratahs when he was 15.”
“He’s a highly rated left-footed midfielder,” Campbell said.
Godden and Beugelaar have had extensive experience working together with the NT Waratahs.
Godden played last year with Glenelg and is a Waratah ‘best and fairest’ winner.
Mr Campbell is expecting big things from Jennings who he says plays in a fairly similar way to Elliot Braithwaites’ game.
“Fraser is a smaller half-forward who will run through the wing as well,” he said.
“I’m told he has exquisite skills and we always need more skilful ball users in our side.
“There is plenty of space out on the wings at Dimboola – if you’re able to put two Elliot Braithwaite-type players out there they’d be hard to stop.”
Both Godden and Jennings continue Dimboola’s connection to the Northern Territory Football League side, the Waratahs.
Mr Campbell hopes the boys will be able to train at least once a week with Dimboola.
“We will fly them in for Thursday night training,” said Mr Campbell.
“They fly a lot of blokes up but we can get them out of Melbourne without flying them during the winter,” he said.
“The club would prefer that any of our players are not flying and we are working hard to try and change that.”
DFNC had 45 players play in its senior side during this season and 67 players represented the reserves.