Dockers recruit Olympian Kim Mickle to women’s team


Gabby O’Sullivan, Kim Mickle, Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan, Ebony Antonio and Kirby Bentley.
Gabby O’Sullivan, Kim Mickle, Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan, Ebony Antonio and Kirby Bentley.

JAVELIN thrower Kim Mickle has been rookie listed by the Fremantle Dockers ahead of the inaugural women’s league in 2017.

The 31-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist played football as a junior but went on to other sports when there were no avenues then for women to go further.

“I’ve always wanted to play football but it wasn’t available back then,” she said. “It’s cool that it has sprung up and become an elite sport.

“I can’t wait to give it a go.”

Mickle, who is recovering from the dislocated shoulder she suffered at the Rio Olympics, will join fellow rookie Gabby O’Sullivan and priority picks Ebony Antonio and Kirby Bentley in the squad already featuring marquee players Kara Donellan and the injured Kiara Bowers.

The athletic Antonio is a dual WAWFL premiership player who also won a Women’s National Basketball League title in 2013.

Bentley, a utility, is an AIS netball scholarship holder who is recovering from a knee injury.

The Kirby Bentley Cup, which offers Aboriginal girls an opportunity to show their skills, is named after her.

O’Sullivan returned to Perth three months ago after studying science in the United States, where she had a basketball scholarship.

She was talked into playing by her father John O’Sullivan, who played 133 games for East Fremantle.

Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan said the club would now trawl the draft to fill the remaining spots on its squad.

“We’ll go through that entire list to see who’s going to be the best fit for us but only having 27 spots on the team, we want to make sure we tick every single spot with getting the right people on board,” she said.

“We’ll go through that draft process very thoroughly with our team here at Fremantle.”