What does Roo eat for breakfast on game day? 10 questions with Mia King

Who is your all-time favourite footballer or athlete?

I have a lot, but if I had to pick it'd be Cathy Freeman. I watched a documentary at home with Mum and I thought her story was really inspiring, the fact she showed a lot of Indigenous people at the time you can succeed at the highest level. She carried the flag despite a controversy, which was really inspiring and special.

Who is the worst teammate on social media?

We've got a fines system (run by Ellie Gavalas), so everyone keeps in check. But if I had to pick, it'd be Ash Riddell, she loves to post a good carwash-Ringwood Mazda pick, sponsored stuff, so I give her a bit for that. Also 'Jammin' (Jasmine Garner) and Jenna (Bruton) post a lot of photos of their dogs, they love them a bit too much.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I changed my mind every second. I always wanted to do something sporty, because I love sport. I remember getting my ankle strapped and thinking physio (which she is now studying) would be good.

Who is your toughest opponent?

Everyone? There's been so many good players, but Bri Davey is so tough and is so hard to tackle. I remember we had two girls trying, and she was still walking through and getting a handball out. Kiara Bowers, I try to steer clear of her and her tackles.

Which Olympic sport would you love to compete in?

To compete in anything would be sick. The 100m sprint would be pretty cool. I used to do gymnastics, so that would be good. Floor or the bars, I hated the beams, because they were so scary.

Which teammate is most likely to go on and coach?

Emma Kearney, for sure. I don't know if she wants to, but she works with the Huddle and she's been a leader since the start at North, and she carries herself so well. She's helped me so much with my game, so she's great with the young ones coming through.

North Melbourne star Emma Kearney in action against Geelong in R1, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

I don't have too many, but I have to have the same breakfast every game day, poached eggs on sourdough with avo. I generally can't cook, but I'm so good at poached eggs. I also have to do up my shoelaces three times to make sure they're tight enough.

What was the first concert you attended?

Maybe Party in the Paddock, or Falls Festival, two festivals we have in Tasmania. I would have been in year 10, I think.

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

Finishing year 12 and getting into physio, which was the course I wanted to do. I've got a long road ahead with the course, but I'm happy I'm doing it. They don't offer physio in Tasmania, so I'm studying semi-remotely at Monash. 

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

I can't mark, so I'd love to take Mark of the Year. But if you were down by a point, and you kicked the winning goal, I think that'd be really cool. A torp from 50, just surge it in and a big celebration with everyone coming around.