Career : AFLW 2017 -
Debut : Round 1 2017 vs Collingwood
Carlton Player No. 13
Games : 21 *
Goals : 2 *
Height : 164 cm
Weight : TBA
DOB : December 2, 1995
Sarah Hosking exploded onto the women’s football scene after being introduced to AFL through a talent search in March 2016. Hailing from an elite netball background, the No.19 draft pick has developed into one of the most promising midfielders in the competition in just six months. Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says she will add depth to the Blues' midfield. “Sarah’s ability to impact within, as well as on the outside of the contest, will make her a critical weapon in our search for midfield dominance in 2017,” Keeping said. Sarah's twin sister Jessica Hosking was also drafted by the Blues.
Hosking had a solid first season coming 5th the inaugural best and fairest count. Hosking would take up the role as co vice-captain for the 2018 season with Lauren Arnell, Briana Davey the inaugural Carlton best and fairest winner would lead Carlton for the 2018 season.
Recruited from: Seaford Tigerettes (VIC)
Jess and Sarah Hosking, identical twins, both drafted to Carlton at AFL Women’s Draft
FOR twin sisters Jess and Sarah Hosking, the AFL Women’s inaugural draft day could not have gone any better. Not only were they both drafted, but the 20-year-old identical twins will both play at Carlton next season. Sarah was taken by the Blues with pick No.19 and then it was a nail-biting wait before Jess had her name read out by the Blues at pick No.78. “Once Sar went it was fingers and toes crossed and hope that I got to the same club,” Jess said. “We were both definitely hoping we were going to Carlton. “It couldn’t have worked out any better. That was the biggest thing we were dreading, the fact we may go to different clubs.” Their Dad was at Wednesday’s draft but their mum was working in Perth, but she didn’t miss a minute as she watched the day unfold via Skype. Sarah and Jess had never played football before this season. They were talented netballers playing in the Victorian Netball League before they turned up to an AFL talent search at the start of the year and were encouraged to join their local football club Seaford. The pair made a seamless transition to their new sport, playing on the ball, before Jess tore her anterior cruciate ligament in about Round 8 this year. It makes being drafted for Jess even more special. “To be honest, I thought I had no chance at all (of being drafted) as soon as I did my knee,” she said. “I thought it was one in a million, but for it to actually happen, it’s crazy.” The twins will be joined at the Blues by Seaford teammates Katherine Gillespie-Jones and Natalie Plane. - ELIZA SEWELL, Herald Sun (12th October, 2016).
Hosking: AFLW the pick of the bunch
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. 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. - Nic Negrepontis, AFL Media; March 9, 2017
Blues celebrate International Women's Day.
It’s not every day you get to kick a footy on the steps of Parliament House, but today Carlton AFLW twins Sarah and Jess Hosking did just that. In celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, the Hosking sisters – along with a selection of female athletes from four different sporting codes – joined Members of Parliament and Minister for Sport John Eren at Melbourne’s iconic Parliament House. As the morning sun beamed down on the steps of the Spring street building, the sportswomen gave the MPs a few handy pointers with either a football, a soccer ball, a cricket bat or a netball in-hand. In support of the Victorian Government’s ambition to see Victoria become the sporting capital for women as well as men, the event acknowledged the contribution of women in sport and the significance of sport in enhancing gender equality. Here's a selection of snaps from the event: - Jacqueline Guldon, Carlton Media; March 8, 2017
Career Highlights2017 - Victorian State Representation
2018 - Co Vice-Captain
2018 - 6th Best and Fairest