AFLW: playing for Dockers like ‘Xmas and birthday in one’ says O’Sullivan


Gabby O’Sullivan.
Gabby O’Sullivan.

EVERYDAY is exciting for young University of Notre Dame student Gabby O’Sullivan.

Having spent three years playing college basketball in the United States, O’Sullivan returned to Perth last year to try her luck at another sporting passion – football.

With an impressive season with East Fremantle women’s football team under her belt, it is little surprise she caught the eye of Fremantle Dockers women’s coach Michelle Cowan, eventually drafted as a rookie player to the club’s inaugural team.

Playing her first game against the Western Bulldogs and kicking her first goal against the Brisbane Lions, O’Sullivan said she felt privileged to be able to wear the Dockers jumper.

“While I’m just one of the rookies, to be able to play at such a high level is great and I feel humbled to represent WA in this national competition,” she said.

“Every time I go down to the Fremantle Football Club for training it feels like Christmas and my birthday all at once.

“When I took to Whitten Oval to play the Bulldogs and to hear the crowd cheer me on was a goose bump moment-I thought I was dreaming.”