Name: Jacinta Dimasi
D.O.B: 15 / 12 / 1988
Height: 184 cm
Occupation: Operations Admin Supervisor
Preferred Position: Ruck & full forward
Junior Footy Clubs: Nil.
Jacinta: “In 2014, a basketball teammate convinced me to come and try one training session and I have been hooked ever since. I suffered a couple of serious injuries in grade 4, as I had patella tendonitis in my left patella and I tore my right rotator cuff. I continue to do rehab for these two injuries. I was lucky enough that my first two seasons of footy were undefeated seasons including premierships.”
AFL Team Supported: Western Bulldogs
Q. What other sports did you play when growing up?
Jacinta: “I played basketball, netball and indoor soccer.”
Q. Who has influenced your football and sporting career the most?
Jacinta: “My grandpa Jack King. He played for the Western Bulldogs back in the day. He was always encouraging of every sport I played. He would never miss a game and was always there to help us train and practice, partly because he did not want us to embarrass the family.”
Q. What is your biggest sporting achievement so far?
Jacinta: “Getting selected to compete for the VWFL All Stars in the ANZAC Day clash against the Australian Defence Force (ADF) All Stars.”
Q. What are your strengths in football?
Jacinta: “I love playing a very physical game by making the hard tackles and crashing packs.”
Q. What is your pre game ritual?
Jacinta: “Aside from getting my shoulder taped, you will always find a footy in my hands. I like to get my touches in before warm up by handballing and kick-to-kick in the change rooms.”
Q. What is your go-to meal after a match?
Jacinta: “I go to Hunky Dory’s.”
Q. Which AFL Player past and/or present do you model your game on?
Jacinta: “I would say Aasta O’Connor. Before her knee injury she was the best female ruck going around, I love the physicality she brings to the game.”
Q. What is your favourite music?
Jacinta: “I enjoy the latest hits, plus a bit of Ed Sheeran and pop-rock.”
Q. What are you most looking forward to in the inaugural season of Port Melbourne’s women’s team?
Jacinta: “A really competitive and successful year. We have recruited a few players from other sports who are developing quite well. As a whole there has been so much improvement with the girls already, and I am really excited to see where this can lead us.”
Image credits: Emily Fraser-Ison Photography.
Wording: Tash Gunawardana (PMFC Women’s Team Media Officer).