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Hosking: We've moved on

Game Changers Update | Round 4 Carlton Media's Emily Angwin brings you all the news from Ikon Park as the Blues prepare for their Round 4 clash against Western Bulldogs.

STAND-IN AFLW captain Sarah Hosking says it’s business as usual for her on the field after a challenging first game as skipper last weekend.

Despite her new title in the wake of regular captain Bri Davey’s injury, she’s not changing how she prepares and plays come game day.

“I still try and keep everything to the same routine…the only difference was running out there and literally doing the toss,” she said.

“I try not to change anything and just keep the same leadership style while I’m out there, and don’t really change much about my game.”

She says that task has been made much easier by the help of the players around her, with everyone chipping in to cover the huge loss of Davey.


Stand-in skipper Sarah Hosking says the Game Changers have leadership depth across the list. (Photo: AFL Photos)

“We’ve got 30 girls in the squad and the density of the leadership across our whole squad is incredible,” she said.

“Especially with Bri going out as skipper everyone has stood up. Unfortunately we didn’t get the win but the leadership across the group is phenomenal.”

While the disappointment from last week’s 22-point loss to Brisbane is evident, Hosking says it’s given the side plenty to work on.

“Obviously there were some improvement areas of our game and areas that we definitely would have liked to work on a little bit better, some of that attacking forward into our 50,” she said.

“Although we ended up getting beaten by a fair amount, there were definitely some positives and things that we can work on as a group.

“We’ve done that this week and out on the track, and hopefully we can bring that for the Doggies game.”

The Blues will be below full strength for Friday night’s blockbuster against the Western Bulldogs, with Tayla Harris suspended and Lauren Brazzale (shoulder) and Georgia Gee (concussion) both in doubt through injury.

Those losses along with Davey’s absence will test the depth of the team, but Hosking is confident that they can fill in the gaps.

“The depth that we have this year is absolutely incredible, I think the coaches have done a great job across the draft and the trade period,” she said.

“I have no doubt that any of the girls that we have on that list will step up and take on their role with both hands, and absolutely do a great job with it.”