Tom HICKEY

#1   St Kilda

Age: 28yr 3mth Games: 67 Born: Mar 06, 1991
Height: 201cm Weight: 99kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Ended up as No.1 ruck option last year. Facing challenge from the determined Longer, but has more strings to his bow.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Melb Lowered his colours to the dominant Gawn. Didn’t have usual impact around ground. 4
2 WCE Dominated the ruck. Had 44 hit-outs and gave St Kilda a presence when they needed it. 8
3 Bris Had a tough day opposed to Martin in the ruck, who claimed the bragging rights. Marking is non-existent. 4
4 Coll Battled hard against the superior Grundy taking five marks and making 25 hit-outs to stay involved. 5
5 Rested.
6 VFL Controlled the ruck against the Magpie talls with 36 hitouts and 18 possessions. -
7 VFL Injured his knee in the first half and played no further part. -
8 Knee.
9 Knee.
10 Knee.
11 VFL The best of the ruck with 29 hitouts, but dominance didn’t translate to stoppage superiority. -
12 VFL Beaten in the ruck and was just fair around the ground. Struggling for form. -
13 Senior emergency.
14 VFL Combined with Holmes to overwhelm the Coburg rucks. 36 hitouts. -
15 VFL Best afield in tight win. 52 hitouts, 21 possessions and a goal. -
16 Senior emergency.
17 Ess Disappointing return to senior footy. Mis-timed run-ups in ruck duels, dropped marks and fumbled. 1
18 VFL Dominant in the centre square with 35 hitouts, 28 disposals, seven marks and a goal. -
19 VFL Reasonable day as the first choice ruck with 28 hitouts and 15 disposals. -
20 VFL Got on top in the ruck once Spencer left. Had 55 hitouts and 21 possessions. -
21 VFL Bye. -
22 VFL Okay in ruck battle with Hampson and Maric. One of the Zebs better players. -
23 Didn’t play for Sandringham.

2016 Season

1 Port The dominant big man on the ground with 57 hit-outs. Great start to season. 8
2 WB Beaten by Roughead in ruck battle. Longer will be breathing down his neck again. 3
3 Coll Jumped into Grundy all day and grew in confidence as the game wore on. Couple of nice marks. 6
4 Haw Battled hard in even ruck duel with McEvoy and Ceglar. 5
5 GWS Doing well in ruck till he landed heavily on coccyx. Kept going but restricted. 5
6 Melb Gawn’s start was worrying, but he worked diligently and had a major input. 6
7 NM Held his own against competition’s best ruckman Goldstein. 6
8 WCE Blitzed early in ruck by Naitanui. Not enough impact around ground. 4
9 Ess Leuenberger had the edge in ruck taps, but the pair broke even around the ground. 5
10 Frem Best ruckman on the ground as was instrumental in late turnaround. 6
11 Adel Jacobs took him to the cleaners early, but creditable fight-back in ruck. 5
12 Carl Had the ascendancy over Kreuzer and played perhaps his best game. Clever taps. 8
14 Geel Big workload against so many talls but battled manfully and gave a strong display. 6
15 GCS Opponent Nicholls took control from quarter time. Quiet. 3
16 Ess Looked to be hurt early, but showed admirable resilience and dominated hitouts. 6
17 Melb Terrific game in the ruck against the in-form Gawn. Great second efforts. 8
18 WB In tremendous form in ruck and was a prime mover. 8
19 NM This time lowered his colours to Goldstein in general play and ruck duels. 4
20 Carl Despite speculation over fitness was dominant ruck on the field. 8
21 Syd Ruckman rolled an ankle that seriously limited him before forcing him off. 4
22 Calf.
23 Calf.

2015 Season

1 -
2 -
3 VFL Good in ruck and attack. 19 hitouts, four marks, one goal. -
4 VFL Struggled in ruck to exert any influence. -
5 Ess Back in side and used effectively as a tall forward. 6
6 WB Played mostly forward and kicked two vital goals – including one to put them in front. 5
7 Adel Struggled both up forward and as the second ruckman. 4
8 WCE Needed to hold marks and although contesting well didn’t have a good day. 3
9 Bris Not a huge impact in ruck but tried hard. Subbed off in third. 3
10 Haw Quiet before being subbed off in third term. 3
11 Rested.
12 VFL Bye. -
13 VFL Rotated through ruck and was solid. Kicked sealer late. -
14 VFL Unable to get involved outside of ruck contests. -
15 VFL 25 hitouts rotating through ruck and deep forward. OK. -
16 VFL Shared ruck duties with Holmes. 19 hitouts. -
17 VFL Marked well at times and was solid in the ruck. -
18 Port Started as forward then took over main ruck role when Longer went off. 4
19 Frem Main ruck role pitted him against Sandilands. Couple of handy inputs. 4
20 NM Pulled down some strong contested marks but second half not productive. 5
21 Geel Good in forward line as No.2 ruckman to Holmes. Marked well. 6
22 Syd Couldn’t get a sniff and subbed off in third term. 1
23 VFL Tried hard in ruck and attack. 10 possessions, goal. -

2014 Season

1 Melb Improving his ruckwork all the time under Darren Jolly’s influence. 6
2 GWS Best game to date with Saints in ruck, but ended up with leg problem. 7
3 WCE Always going to be outnumbered but gave an honest account of himself. 6
4 Calf.
5 Ess Ryder slightly shaded him in ruck but he stayed competitive. 6
6 Bris Honours shared in ruck against West. 5
7 Foot.
8 Foot.
9 Foot.
10 Foot.
11 VFL Foot. -
12 Foot.
13 Foot.
14 VFL Shared ruck duties with Holmes. 14 disposals, 16 hitouts. -
15 VFL Controlled the ruck against undersized opponents. -
16 VFL OK early but was gradually overpowered in the ruck. -
17 NM Beaten by Goldstein in first game back, but still Saints’ best ruck option. 4
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.
QF -
SF -
PF -
GF -

2013 Season

1 GCS Back soreness early and subbed off in third term. 3
2 Foot.
3 VFL Back from injury. Low key game. -
4 VFL Played mostly forward but swung into ruck late. Marked well. -
5 VFL Played both forward and in the ruck. Nice outing. -
6 VFL Huge final term helped sway the game Sandy’s way. -
7 Carl Secondary ruckman who chimed in occasionally. 4
8 Adel Lacked confidence in some of his actions. 3
9 WB In patches there were promising signs but appeared to injure groin late. 4
10 NM Very quiet game and limping by the end. 2
11 Leg.
12 Foot.
13 Foot.
14 VFL Rucked well against Mabon but did little when the ball hit the deck. -
15 Frem Supported McEvoy in ruck but quiet around the ground. 3
16 Carl Low-key game as back up ruck. 3
17 Port Progressing inch by inch. 3
18 Geel One kick and five hit-outs to advantage but looked sluggish at times. 3
19 Ill.
20 VFL Battled hard in the ruck. 19 hitouts and 12 disposals. -
21 Syd Rucked well in second half when he had to shoulder most of workload 5
22 GCS Marked well and rucked OK in his best game to date for Saints. 5
23 Frem Did a few nice things. 4
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Gold Coast

1 Adel Interchanged between ruck and forward but was not a factor. 3
2 StK Threw himself in and showed a bit but ran out of puff as expected. 3
3 NEAFL Rucked well and also drifted forward. -
4 NEAFL Not as good as last week but had a go. -
5 NEAFL Conditions didn’t suit the big man. -
6 NEAFL Ruck work earned praise from the coach. -
7 NEAFL Battled hard in the ruck to give onballer first use. -
8 NEAFL Great work in the ruck and controlled the stoppages. -
10 Coll Showed plenty although beaten by Wood. Second half really solid: eight marks. 6
11 StK A good marking target up forward against the odds. 6
12 NM Played a secondary role in ruck and tried to involve teammates more. 4
14 WCE Showed something against Cox and Naitanui with three contested grabs. 5
15 Geel Youngster competed well but didn’t get a whole lot of the pill. 3
18 NEAFL Combined well with Nicholls in ruck. -
20 NEAFL Combined well with Nicholls in ruck. -
21 Haw Lead ruckman who competed well against more seasoned opposition. 5
22 Carl Kicked an early goal, but was subbed off late. 4
23 Adel Subbed out in the third term after no impact on proceedings. 2