10 questions with … Docker Gabby O'Sullivan

Who is your all-time favourite footballer or athlete?

It might get me into a bit of trouble, but Chris Judd. Non-football, particularly in the last few years, is Ash Barty. She's such a little pocket rocket, and my uncle actually calls me Ash because he thinks we look similar.

Who is the worst teammate on social media?

Every (Docker's) obvious answer is Gemma Houghton. She's probably not the worst, she just posts a lot. She claims she's going on a social media hiatus and is going to disappear for a while, but next minute she's back on again. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

This is actually quite funny, and I think it was a bit savage looking back at it now. We were in a circle in primary school saying what we wanted to be when we grew up, and I said a physio, and my teacher said it's as hard as doing medicine. I said, 'righto, I'll be a teacher then', and he just looked at me. And I'm now a teacher.

Who is your toughest opponent?

Kerryn Harrington from Carlton. She's so much taller than myself, way stronger and really agile for a big girl. Somehow I found myself against her this year in that Carlton game, I still have nightmares about her. On our team, someone I see every day, is Ange Stannett. She wears you like a glove and she's about the same size as me and is another one who's a nightmare on the footy field.

Carlton's Kerryn Harrington in action against Fremantle in R7, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Which Olympic sport would you love to compete in?

When I was young and naïve, I thought I was going to go to the Olympics and play basketball (O'Sullivan played for the College of Coastal Georgia in the US). But if I was going for something unrealistic, I'd probably go for 100m sprint, I feel like that's everyone's favourite event.

Which teammate is most likely to go on and coach?

It's fairly obvious, it's 'Juddy' (Kara Antonio). She could go on and coach an AFLW team right now if she wanted to. It's something I want to do as well, but more realistically, Juddy.

Kara Antonio belts out the Fremantle song after a win over Carlton in R7, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Not really. I feel like I was massive on that as a kid, but it created too much angst. The only thing would be in the morning of the game, I like to go for a kick and get a coffee, and if we're playing a game at Freo Oval, I'll drink a long black on the drive there. I put my left boot on before my right. Nothing too hectic.

What was the first concert you attended?

I went to the Veronicas here in Perth with my sister. I was probably about 13 or 14 years old, Mum dropped us off and I think I had crimped hair and probably wore something questionable.

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What is the non-football accomplishment of which you're most proud?

Getting my teaching degree, it's opened up a lot of doors for me and I absolutely love it. To be able to do it so quickly after coming back from living in America was great, and I love doing it every day. I'm a secondary teacher, I did dabble in a bit of English, but I'm purely PE now. We've got a football academy at our school, I run the girls' side of things and some of these kids that are coming through, I'm going to have to teach them a little less because they'll be taking my spot in a few years.

Would you prefer to take Mark or Goal of the Year?

Being a forward, it's going to have to be Goal of the Year. I think I'll leave Mark of the Year to Roxy (Roux), she can take that one.

O'Sullivan pounces and snaps a beauty

00:31 Feb 20. 2021. 6:23 PM

Gabby O'Sullivan kicks a goal from nothing after pouncing on the loose ball and snapping through this ripper