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#3 Aasta O'Connor

Sponsored by: Brooks Legistics

Age: 25

Height: 180cm

Place of Birth: Brisbane

High School: Immanuel Lutheran College

Occupation: Accountants Assistant for Commodity Trader, Glencore Grain

Current VWFL Club: Darebin falcons 

Club Jumper No.: 41

Position: Ruck

State Teams: 2003-2009 QLD & 2011 VIC

Career Games: 53 games for Darebin, 11 games for Logan Cobras.

AFL Debut: 1997 (Under 10's North Shore Jets)

Football achievements:

  • 4 time All Australian

  • 4 time Premiership player with Logan Cobras FC (QLD)

  • Premiership player with Darebin Falcons

  • Lisa Hardman medallist

  • 2 time Cath Wotton medallist

  • Vic rep at the first female AFL AIS squad in 2011 

Favourite moment/highlight in your playing career

Wouldn’t say it was a highlight as we got thumped by over 150 pints, but the first time playing against Vic back in 2003 (Darwin Nationals) and getting the chance to play against the best in the game. Was a really great experience and one I’ll never forget. Funny how things work in footy, a lot of those girls are now my team mates and good friends.

How I first got involved in AFL

My next door neighbour and I would always play kick to kick in the driveway at home, eventually our parents started up a Junior Footy Club in our local community and so we thought we’d give it a go. I can still remember our mums' sowing the club patches on all the jumpers before our first game. Having footy as an outlet growing up certainly helped me and despite my gender has helped open a lot of doors for me, career wise, as an adult.

Any mantra or favourite quote that you live by or sums up your attitude towards your football?

Not really I just love footy, but if I had to pick something that has always stuck with me, I guess just like Pete (Victorian coach Peta Searle) is always drumming into us, constantly raise the bar.