BEFORE heading off for her second trip to the Northern Territory (NT), Carlton VFLW midfielder Jess Hosking thought she knew what to expect.

But heading up during Sir Doug Nicholls Round made her appreciate just how much it means to the heart of the Indigenous community in Australia.

“This round should be important to everyone across Australia,” Hosking said.

“When I was in the NT, I was provided with so much education on Indigenous culture and learned so much from it, as well as how they go about daily life. It’s very different to here in Victoria where we have to certain facilities.”

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Hosking travelled to the NT both times with Red Dust, a charity that promotes health programs throughout remote Australian communities.  

In her most recent trip, the 23-year-old went out the small community of Daly River and delivered a Healthy Living Program, which included running sports sessions in schools.

Now, back in Melbourne, Hosking is focused on the task ahead, as the Blues strive for their first VFLW win of the season.

However, this year is quite different to last year already. Used to using her toughness and talent around the contest in the midfield, Hosking has had to readjust to life as a defender.  

Well up to the challenge, Hosking is thriving in her new role thanks to her netball background and her desire to act as a leader in defence.

“I only have to worry about what’s in front of me so it’s kind of a good thing,” she said.

“Playing in defence kind of crosses over with netball and I’m a defensive player in netball, so I’ve really enjoyed  that transition across to the back line in footy.

“I’m hoping to take up more leadership in the back line.”
The Blues will take on the Bombers at Windy Hill this Saturday, with both teams searching for their first win of the season.

Having experienced a season full of success with Carlton’s AFLW team, Hosking is confident that this year’s team has what it takes to turn things around as the year goes on.

“The girls that we’ve got are very invested,” she said.

“We do have a young group that are trying to strive through and play AFLW, which ups the standard of the whole team.”

Essendon v Carlton

Saturday June 1

Windy Hill, 12pm

Carlton's VFLW Round 4  Team


50. J Borg

66. M Neill

11. J Hosking


27. E Woods

55. G Wright

20. C Wilson


10. S Hosking

32. N Plane

21. N Stevens


22. R Banner

56. S Wright

8. C Bromage


38. T Cassar

16. B Moody

39. C Leighton


12. S Cubasch

35. M Clifford

25. J Edwards


63. S Craige

9. B Gurr

33. L Munday


41. I Dakis Rofe

2. M Jarvis

31. N Burns

7. A Prins


17. J Malouf


26. C Faulks