After spending lockdown attempting to one-up each other with escalating pranks, twins Sarah and Jess Hosking will take their rivalry to the field when they face off in the AFLW for the first time.
The identical twins spent the first four AFLW seasons together at Carlton before Sarah was traded to Richmond at the end of 2020.
The off-field rivalry started as soon as Sarah left the field after Richmond’s loss to Collingwood on Sunday, with the round-four fixture – revealing their upcoming match-up – released midway through that game.
“(Sarah) would have got to her phone at the end of the game and found out that we were playing against each other – because I told her I’d leave a pair of undies and a pair of pants on our bed in case she was crapping dacks for playing against Carlton,” Jess said.
Sarah ignited the showdown by freezing Jess’ AFL accreditation and mouthguard in a block of ice – before Jess responded by putting her sister’s training clothes in a bag with a kettlebell and throwing them to the bottom of their swimming pool.
Now the housemates will turn their focus from pulling pranks to avoiding spilling team secrets ahead of Saturday’s crunch game at Ikon Park.
Carlton will go in red-hot favourites against Richmond, who are yet to get off the mark in the AFLW.
It’s also a unique experience for the 25-year-olds, who have never been on opposing teams through their years of competitive netball and footy at any level.
“I was really excited (when I found out about the game) – I let out a little bit of a ‘yay,'” Sarah said.
“… We were actually disappointed when the fixture came out in the initial stages and we saw that Richmond and Carlton weren’t playing each other.
“I love the rivalry between the two clubs and moving to Richmond this year, I’ve absolutely picked it up from the Richmond end and I’m excited to carry that rivalry across and then get a chance to play against my old teammates as well.”
The twins aren’t sure yet whether they’ll share an awkward car ride to and from the game – but there’s plenty at stake for the winner.
“There is definite bragging rights,” Jess said.
“I don’t think the other will hear the end of it until the next time we play each other.”