A slice of history was made at Kilmore Junior Football Club in the opening round of the 2018 NFNL season, with Jacqui Bowshall-Tanner becoming the club’s first female coach.
Bowshall-Tanner guided Kilmore’s under-11 team to a thrilling two-point win over West Ivanhoe in its Round 1 grading game at Seddon Reserve.
The Blues kicked a goal after the final siren to win 5.6 (36) to 5.4 (34).
Bowshall-Tanner recently achieved her AFL Level 1 Coaching Accreditation and took over the coaching reins of the young Blues’ side in the absence of her husband, Craig, who was unavailable for the opening-round game.
“I am very humbled by the whole experience, this is very exciting especially for the development of women’s football,” Bowshall-Tanner told The Northern Review.
“It was nerve wracking as well but the boys did everything we asked of them and got a really good win.
“This is something I never thought would be possible, it was great for me, my father – we can all participate.
“What an awesome game of footy. I couldn’t be prouder of how the boys went about it today.”