Name: Erika Hosking
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
Current Residence: “Bed-Stuy, Do-or-Die”
Profession: Umm, what’s that?
Favourite Footy Team: The Lady Pies and St. George Dragons (NRL)
How did you get involved in footy?: I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to make a fool of myself.
What do you like most about footy?: My Magpie teammates of course
Position: The Bench
Aspirations: Winning Nationals with the Lady Pies. Making it through the season without getting injured!
Favourite Drink: Vodka & Soda Water
Favourite Food: Thai, Vietnamese or anything spicy
Favourite Movie: The Never Ending Story.
Most Favourite Thing: Sunday afternoons at the pub with good mates, good food and plenty of drinks
Random Pieces of Info: ‘Waltzing Matilda’, the title of Australia’s most famous song, is German for ‘carrying a backpack’.
*Erika holds the title of “Most Well-Behaved & Courteous with Bartenders” for the Lady Pies.
Name: Gregory Smith. “Smithy” or “Fleety” in football circles
Place of Birth: Quorn, South Australia
Current Residence: Brooklyn
Profession: Interning at the Australian Mission to the United Nations, but a lawyer by training.
Favourite Footy Team: Essendon Bombers.
How did you get involved in footy?: Kick-to-kick with the Old Man, and it grew from there.
What do you like most about footy?: On the field, it is a chance to unleash aggression; And off the field, I enjoy the atmosphere of football clubs.
Aspirations: In footy, to win a flag. In life, to get a job as a lawyer in NYC.
Favourite Drink: German Weissbier
Favourite Food: Nanna’s lasagna
Favourite Movie: A Night at The Roxbury. Any bloke with a brother should see this!
Most Favourite Thing: Most of the things that have brought men undone over the years I count amongst my favourites.
Random Pieces of Info: ‘In the online dating world, women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone “fat.”’ Source: http://facts.randomhistory.com/dating-and-relationship-facts.html.
**In Greg’s first season as a Magpie, he has become yet another victim of Juice “the Dislocator” Desai. Tough break, Smithy.
Name: Cam Druitt
Place of Birth: Shepparton, Victoria
Current Residence: Shepparton – Yes, I’ve come full circle after 7 years in Melbourne and 4½ in New York!
Profession: Land Surveyor
Favourite Footy Team: NY Magpies and Melbourne Demons
How did you get involved in footy?: Soon after arriving in NY, I saw the Pies as a great way to meet people from home and hang out. It was all that and more! I never could imagine all that I got out of the club – 3 metro premierships with the Trash, memorable road trips, many new friends, meeting AFL legends and dignitaries from Australia and the chance to put something back into the club via being Operations Manager and board member.
What do you like most about footy?: It’s uniqueness. There is no other sport in the world like it (despite how some may describe it). Because of this it can capture the attention and imagination of people all around the world who then aspire to play it, yet it will always be a truly Australian game. Everything that can be done should be done to continue to grow the sport in NSW, Qld and internationally.
Position: In Trash days I was commonly the “Decoy Ruckman”. This worked well as I wasn’t expected to make a tap and could then “run” anywhere I wanted. Our on ballers simply read (and regularly won) the ball from the opposing Ruckman. (Thanks Bubba and co.)
Aspirations: To one day hear (or even see) the NY Pies win Div 1 Nationals and of course to see The Grand Old Flag fly as premiers!
Favourite Drink: A good beer is generally a safe bet, especially when drunk soon after 5pm on a Friday.
Favourite Food: Steak and Chips (fries)
Favourite Movie: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Most Favourite Thing: Wife and Daughter
Random Pieces of Info: I never really played footy until moving to NY. I have always (and still do) played field hockey (it is not a girls-only sport in Australia).
**Cam was recently awarded Life Membership to the Pies. He just left the Big Apple and returned to Shepparton. The Pies would like to sincerely thank Cam for all of his hard work in the club. You will be missed!
Name: Rosemary Beer
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia
Current Residence: East Village, New York
Favourite Footy Team: Hawthorn
How did you get involved in footy?: Jimmy Polulach, Andy Brennan and Adam Scholem were regulars at Eight Mile Creek where I worked when I first got to New York. They invited me along.
What do you like most about footy?: The camaraderie at the club.
Position: Wing. Or the bench
Favourite Drink: Mojitos. Water.
Favourite Food: Pad Thai. I’m a connoisseur.
Favourite Movie: Fight Club
Most Favourite Thing: My snowboard
**Rosemary, one of 4 Aussie Lady Magpies, will soon return to OZ after a year in the Big Apple. Rosemary boasts the title of best Magpie surname…obviously.