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Double trouble in Tigerland: Hosking twins reunite at Richmond
By Sarah Burt

January 6, 2022
The first time identical twins Sarah and Jess Hosking played footy together, they had one school lunchtime to rally a team to play at the local oval in Mount Eliza.
On Friday night, down the road at Frankston Oval, they will don the yellow and black of Richmond together for the first time, kicking off the sixth AFLW season against St Kilda.
Sarah and Jess Hosking are playing together again at Richmond in 2022.



“I’d heard that GSV [Girls Sport Victoria] was running a footy competition and I didn’t know why our school wasn’t offering it,” says Jess.

“I went to the head of sport and said ‘Sare and I want to play footy,’ and she said if we could have a full footy team by the end of lunchtime she’d enter it into the competition, so we ran around like lunatics. We were literally heckling everyone and, surprisingly, we got enough.”

Sarah laughs, adding that they had to wear “old woollen jumpers with the collars from back in the 1900s” until they could prove the team wasn’t going to cave after one game. But they made the grand final and “got pumped by nearly 100 points”.

The twins, who presumably will have to do less pleading to get their teammates to play on Friday night, spent the first 16 years of their lives in Mount Martha before the family moved to Mornington.

“We started our footy career … not career, but started playing out at Seaford,” Sarah says, stumbling over the mention of the word career, perfectly highlighting the pair’s down-to-earth attitude.

She describes how they had played netball “forever” but decided to give footy a go when the first AFLW season was announced.

“When they announced the competition before the 2017 season, that’s when we picked up footy because Jess saw there was a pathway and we thought we’d give it a go ... and that was probably the best decision we’ve made.”

The sisters were drafted to Carlton together in the AFLW’s maiden year and remained with the Blues until Sarah joined Richmond last year.

“We had never played against each other in any other sport, so it was weird,” says Jess.

“Even in netball trials, the coaches always thought it would be funny to put us on each other, but it was never a good idea because one of us would hurt the other – we were too competitive and, to be honest, we have probably made it to the level we have because we are so competitive with each other.”

Sarah agrees, but says it was a welcome chance to “stand on her own two feet”.

“When I decided to move from Carlton for that first year it was such a weird feeling, but I think we both had the excitement leading up to playing against each other,” she says.

“It was actually a lot of fun and probably gave us a bit of maturity and a chance to step away from each other. It sounds weird because we are 26 and our own people, but you do kind of take for granted being a twin and always being around each other.”

It seemed they were bound for another season apart, but Jess requested a last-minute trade to Punt Road, which she says was largely attributable to family ties.

“I just realised that our footy career isn’t going to be that long, probably maximum 10 years, if we’re lucky, so it’s pretty special to be able to play together, and ultimately that was one of the biggest decisions for me to move across. I wanted to play footy with Sare,” Jess says.

On what they had learnt from their season apart on rival teams, Jess says the independence was something she will continue to prioritise.

“Sare offered to give me a lift to the first Tigers training and introduce me to the team, but I said ‘no, I’m going by myself, I’m not walking in as your twin sister, I’m walking in as my own person’.

“I think had we not had that year apart, that I may have just sat in that shadow and let her introduce me.”

With the twins content being back on the same side, the logistics for the rest of the family have been simplified, particularly for their dad Mark, who already had a calendar to work out how to see both sisters’ games each week.

“Dad had already written everything out and booked flights, there was two flights in a day actually, they were going to Queensland for Sare’s game, and Adelaide for mine,” Jess says.

“I think they’re shattered that their frequent flyer points aren’t going to be as high this year.”

The Hoskings are still largely Peninsula-based and, although their sporting careers have evolved, some things at home remain the same.

“Back when Jess and I were playing netball seriously, we spoke a fair bit to Peta Murphy, the MP for Frankston [Dunkley] about the renovation of the local netball stadium. A couple of weeks ago we saw her tag us in a Facebook post about us playing back at the local [stadium] and it’s pretty cool to see that she’s still in that role, and we’re coming and giving back to that community that we have always been a part of,” says Sarah.

As things come full circle, they continue to reminisce on that first footy game and its lasting memories, laughing and talking over the top of each other.

“Just before the bounce we all ran off to go to the bathroom, then realised it was only set up for men.

“We didn’t have much choice, so you can use your imagination.”

They reflect after this that really wasn’t that long ago that female facilities just weren’t needed at a footy club, now they will have a local army behind them as take the national stage.

“We’ve had a ridiculous response from friends and past netball teammates, it’s also the first time Dad’s side of the family has been in Melbourne for 15 years, so they’re all coming,” says Jess.

The duo enjoys playing pranks on each other, which escalated when they were on opposing teams, including hair dye in shampoo and training kits thrown in the bottom of the pool. But now they’ve decided to join forces and focus their pranks on teammates, admitting there are some names who don’t ever leave the hit list.

“Captain Katie Brennan is quite serious, and she gets scared very easily, so she’s always at the top of the hit list,” Jess says.

“Mind you, I owe Sare the next prank because last time she got my eyebrows.”
 

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JAN 6. 2022. 5:00 PM
Why Conti's big pre-season makes her a terrifying 2022 prospect

RICHMOND captain Katie Brennan says she can't wait to see what cross-code star Monique Conti can achieve this AFLW campaign after finally getting a full pre-season under her belt.

Conti's previous WNBL commitments meant she has never completed an AFLW pre-season before.

Despite that the 22-year-old has already established herself as an out-and-out star during her four seasons in the AFLW, winning a premiership and a best-and-fairest award with the Bulldogs before following it up with two best-and-fairest awards at Richmond.

The two-time All-Australian appears set to take her game to an even higher level this year after putting her full focus into Aussie Rules.

"I've loved watching the evolution and growth of Mon, both as a footballer and more importantly as a person," Brennan said ahead of Friday's season-opener against St Kilda at Skybus Stadium.

"She's had the opportunity to give her all to the program in terms of her energy (this pre-season), not splitting it between basketball and football.

"Getting the load and pre-season in her body and her legs (has been important).

"She's a super talent and she's so young and has such a bright future ahead of her.

"We're super excited to see what she can do for us and the role she can play."

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Katie Brennan (left) and Monique Conti chat during a Richmond training session on November 8, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

The Tigers were dealt a huge blow earlier this week when 2020 No.1 pick Ellie McKenzie was ruled out of the early stages of the season with a calf injury.

"It is really unfortunate," Brennan said.

"She's a superstar in her own right now and she's going to be something really special in the future."

St Kilda was also dealt pre-season blows.

Two-time best-and-fairest winner Georgia Patrikios is still yet to decide whether to receive the COVID-19 jab and appears set to miss the entire season.

Fellow midfielder Tyanna Smith suffered a season-ending ACL injury to her left knee in November.
Richmond and St Kilda both posted 3-6 records last season and neither side is expected to snare a finals berth this year.

The victor of Friday's season-opener will have the ideal launching pad to prove the doubters wrong.
 

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AFLW players to watch in 2022 — the newcomers, the veterans, the comeback stories and more

Siren Sport / By Gemma Bastiani

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Sarah D’Arcy

Club: Richmond Tigers

Age: 30

AFLW appearances: 33


A move to Richmond ahead of the 2021 season wasn't the only big change for Sarah D'Arcy. After playing her first four seasons as a forward at Collingwood, kicking 10 goals in the process, she landed across half-back at the Tigers.

Her improved fitness and knack at reading the ball saw D'Arcy break out last season, helping to stifle opposition attack while also pushing up the ground and delivering the ball forward for her own side.

D'Arcy's work in conjunction with key defenders Harriet Cordner and Rebecca Miller saw Richmond concede two-fewer goals each game on average in 2021 compared to their inaugural season. Her role will remain vital to Richmond's fortunes as they look to continue their upward trajectory in 2022.
 

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JAN 14. 2022. 2:10 PM
Mon's magic mindset: Why cross-code Tiger has gone to another level
Sarah Burt

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Tigers star Monique Conti. Picture: AFL Photos

AT JUST 22 she's played at the country's highest level for two separate sports, and whilst she's already among the NAB AFLW's most decorated players, she's decided this is her year to really give the game her all.

Monique or "Mon", as her Richmond teammates affectionately call her, has mastered the art of juggling a career in the WNBL (Women's National Basketball League), while maintaining her status as one of the AFLW's strongest midfielders, but decided to commit to footy this season and complete her first ever full pre-season since she was drafted in 2017.

Having already won the Tiger's best and fairest award in both their years of competition, as well as best on ground in a premiership with the Western Bulldogs, among various other accolades, Conti still has an itch she needs to scratch.

"I really just feel like our group and our club is just onto something and that we are going somewhere, I wanted to be solely and fully be a part of that journey," Conti said.

"Obviously, I've been part of it the past two years, but there's a different feeling here this year and I want to make sure I'm a part of it."

When asked what it is that makes this season her time to hang up the basketball shoes and focus on the Sherrin, she attributed it to a shift in mindset which has seen the cohort at Punt Road "get on the same wavelength".

We've all sort of balanced our energy in a good way, there's not too much hype, we're not overthinking, we're just prepared and going into a season feeling that way is really reassuring," Conti said.

"We have relaxed a bit, we all just want to make sure every session is a really good one, and we'll come in with our heads down, work hard and just get better every session, but everybody is on that same page.

"This year you can really feel that difference."

Before Conti entered the AFLW system, she was part of the Australian team that won gold at the 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and was named in that year's All-Tournament Team. She also won the WNBL Rookie of the Year Award in her first WNBL season with the Melbourne Boomers in 2017, the same year she was drafted by the Western Bulldogs.

In 2020 she moved to the Southside Flyers for basketball and to Richmond for footy, where she won a WNBL Championship and the Tigers' best and fairest.

While studying psychology at Swinburne University and having so many other balls in the air, it was the niggling feeling that she wasn't reaching her full potential in the AFLW.

"I was completely used to juggling both at a high level and having zero time to myself, or to focus on just one sport, and I actually miss the juggle, I really do," Conti said.

"I was playing both sports that I really loved, but sometimes you don't get that opportunity to sit back and reassess and think, 'Where could I be putting all my energy in right now?'

"So, I think that's what really helped me make my decision - let's focus on my footy and see what I can do with the pre-season and see where this club can go this year."

Admitting that since the decision to focus on Australian Football, she's had time to start reading again and having some space to study, Conti also said completing the full pre-season has shown benefits already.

"I think my body is so much more adapted to the football game," she said.

"I feel like it's changed a whole lot. I feel much fitter and stronger and it's just good to get my hands on the footy for a pre-season instead of on the round ball.

"I've seen improvements in my pre-season, week by week, and hopefully it transfers onto the field on game day."

On the Tigers' 38-point round one win over St Kilda, Conti said it was the perfect execution of their new mentality.

"There was a different vibe throughout the whole training week, at the captain's run, and in the change rooms before and after the game," she said.

"Going in, knowing we are ready and to be rewarded with success off the back of that feeling is just really reassuring and the confidence that comes from that is huge."

Conti scored a perfect 10 in the round one voting for the 2022 AFL Coaches' Association's AFLW Champion Player of the Year award, racking up 29 disposals, nine clearances and 17 contested possessions which saw Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield tweet, "If Richmond win enough games Conti may just win the League B&F".

Conti said she was flattered but quickly deflected back to the team.

"Oh, I was really, really honoured that he was saying that about me, it was really awesome," she said.

"I think the best thing about it though is that he's watching women's footy and he's putting it out there that he's watching it as well. He's showing he respects it and he's all about it, that's my favourite part."
 

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Akec interviewed this morning on SEN

 

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Akec interviewed this morning on SEN


Wow, SEN re-writing a bit of history there......they never.......
 

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Monique Conti guest host on this weeks Women's Footy Show
Giants v Tigers review 12:05
Interview with Maddie Shevlin. 24:05

 

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