Player Watch #31 Tom Hickey - welcome to Sydney

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Mathelios

Draftee
Mar 15, 2021
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Hickey's ruck work and disposal use has been great. He gets clearances, effective with his field kicking and can hit the scoreboard! We've got a beauty!
I think things will only get better for him over the next month too. Upcoming games against Essendon (Wright), GWS (Flynn), Suns (whoever they can find) and then Geelong (Stanley). He should really enjoy himself against those opponents.
 

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Nool Carpenna

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Jul 9, 2014
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Will struggle against the top 3 rucks but will be competitive against every other ruck.
Given he has beaten 4 of 4 so far, “competitive” is fine by me.
As for the big 3... I guess we’ll just have to wait and see but, with all the pieces of his puzzle seemingly falling into place, I reckon Tommy hasn’t finished his ascent just yet.
 
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S120

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 19, 2011
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He's awkward looking, but Hickey's athleticism is top notch. Where Sinclair can be a bit loping and slow, Hickey for a ruckman actually has a the ability to move his feet and get to the ball on the ground. Plus his clearance game is quality - I think being left-footed and left-handed works to his advantage here, most other players don't have the natural inclination to move to smother him when he grabs the ball out of the ruck and boots it. And he's smart, uses his body and positioning really well.

Quality first month as a Swan.
 

TheMase

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Jul 20, 2001
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Not sure I could be more impressed. I admit I didn’t know much about him and hadn’t seen him much but discussed his stats on here as they seemed more than reasonable and was told to watch him play and the stats were wrong lol

Astute pickup, for the first time in his career he has been given the keys and he is running with it. Good on him, seems a great fella too.
 

SwansProudly

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Sep 5, 2016
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9,696
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He's awkward looking, but Hickey's athleticism is top notch. Where Sinclair can be a bit loping and slow, Hickey for a ruckman actually has a the ability to move his feet and get to the ball on the ground. Plus his clearance game is quality - I think being left-footed and left-handed works to his advantage here, most other players don't have the natural inclination to move to smother him when he grabs the ball out of the ruck and boots it. And he's smart, uses his body and positioning really well.

Quality first month as a Swan.
Clearances for a Swan in their first 4 games
 

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