21/04/2024

Tom Hickey is a vital part of the Swans hopes for finals aspirations this season (Photo: Sydney Swans Twitter)

The Swans are crossing their fingers in the hopes big man Tom Hickey will get up for his side's crucial game against the Demons on Saturday night.

The Sydney Swans will be hoping for a perfect week on the track for veteran ruck Tom Hickey as he aims to take on the Melbourne Demons’ elite ruck stocks.

The duo of Max Gawn and Luke Jackson are highly regarded as one of the best ruck partnerships in the league, with the two combining for 35 hitouts and 34 disposals a game.

Hickey was unavailable for the Swans’ tight game against Richmond on Friday night with a toe injury, leaving the Swans awaiting his performance at training this week to return for Saturday night’s blockbuster.

“Their ruck division and their midfield division is as good as any going around,” said Swans coach John Longmire of the Demons on Monday.

“We’re looking at that and what it looks like but it also depends on if Hicks (Hickey) is actually right to play.

“We’ll weigh all that up later in the week… we understand it’s a big part of what Melbourne do.”

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While the Swans also have Peter Ladhams as another formidable ruck force of their own, the hopes remain that he can reform his tandem with Hickey and influence the game out of the stoppages.

Ladhams was fantastic against the Tigers without Hickey, having a game-high 26 hitouts and amassing 19 disposals in the win.

The duo of Ladhams and Hickey have all of the potential to be another dominant ruck duo in the league but have only managed the two games together so far this season.

Hickey has struggled with injuries that have allowed him just the five matches this season. Hickey was sidelined after round 4 when he got a knock on the outside of his knee and suffered an injury to his medial ligament, before returning in round 9.

He played the next two games with Ladhams before the toe injury that forced him out of the side against Richmond.

The Demons will be playing with a renewed fire in their belly after suffering their first loss of the season against the Dockers on Saturday.

Gawn and Jackson were held well by the duo of Darcy and Lobb, with Darcy, in particular, producing an outstanding performance.

He had 32 hitouts, 16 disposals, and a goal in a barnstorming victory, leaving the Demons duo with plenty to contemplate if Hickey is to return this week.

The Swans and the Demons face off on Saturday night at the MCG.

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