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Nic Negrepontis, AFL Media  March 9, 2017 10:42 AM

Game Changers Update | Round 6 Carlton Media's Grace Phillips brings you all the news from Ikon Park as the Blues prepare for their Round 6 clash against Fremantle.

Carlton has been one of the major beneficiaries of athletes moving from other sports to the NAB AFL Women's competition.

Marquee player Brianna Davey, who had a promising soccer career, is the Club's vice-captain and has been dominant for the Blues so far.

Sarah Hosking – pick No.19 in last year's draft – made the transition from netball and predicts more players will make the switch next season.

"The success of the likes of Davey, Erin Phillips (from basketball to Adelaide co-captain) and others will inspire others," Hosking said.

"It might be hard on other sports, but for athletes who have always wanted the opportunity to play footy, they're seeing (what's possible) first-hand."

The 21-year-old Hosking said making the switch to footy was the "best decision" she has made, notwithstanding her initial nerves.

"At the start I was a bit hesitant because I was worried I was giving up netball which I've played for over 10 years, but my club (Peninsula Waves) was really supportive in helping me make that decision and giving me the go-ahead to train and play footy," she said.

AFLW 2017 Rd 02 - Carlton v GWS Giants
Sarah Hosking is enjoying every minute of her time on the football field. (Photo: AFL Media)

Carlton's playing list of 27 has been hit by three season-ending injuries, on top of losing Hosking's twin sister Jessica to serious knee and shoulder injuries before the competition started.

With that in mind, Hosking would like to see the AFLW club playing lists increased.

"It'll definitely be something they (the AFL) look at given there's been so many injuries in the first season," she said.

"Jess' been great. The commitment she's had knowing she wasn't going to play this season (has been impressive). That's tough for anyone."

Hosking won the VFL Women's Rising Star Award in 2016 playing for Seaford and the midfielder was a key contributor in the Blues' win over the Bulldogs last weekend, finishing with 13 disposals and using her pace through the middle of the ground to advantage.

Carlton needs to win its remaining two games and hope Adelaide loses to either Collingwood or Melbourne for a chance to make the AFLW Grand Final.
 

But Hosking said the Blues' focus wasn't drifting any further than Friday's clash with Fremantle.

"I haven't been to Perth before so that'll be interesting," she said. 

"We're prepared for the heat."

Carlton will face the Dockers at Domain Stadium from 3:05pm WST on Friday afternoon before returning home to face Brisbane in the final round of AFLW on Sunday 19 March.