Tom Hickey announced that he would be back with his family after his win against Melbourne in Friday night’s qualifying final.
He experienced mixed emotions as he watched Sydney beat defending champion Melbourne in the middle of the season.
Hickey was unable to participate due to a severe medial ligament injury, watching helplessly as Demons leviathan. Max Gawn gave his team's best-on-the-field performance, which nearly carried his team to victory.
Sydney has now qualified for a preliminary final after defeating Melbourne by a rollicking 22-point margin at the MCG.
After an action-packed first half in which both teams traded blows, the Swans took the lead in the third term before pulling away in the fourth, with Isaac Heeney's game-winning goal while keeping the Dees scoreless.
|Nickname(s)||Hick, Trickey Hickey|
|Born||6 March 1991|
|Draft||Queensland zone selection 2010 AFL Draft|
|Height||201 cm (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|Current club||Sydney Swans|
|Father||Michael Hickey (Mick)|
Tom Hickey Is A Family Man With Three Children
Tom Hickey is married to his wife, Chloe Hickey, with three kids. The AFL footballer left his twin baby girls in the hospital and traveled to Melbourne to compete in Friday night's qualifying final win.
He was a standout for Sydney, taking on the Demons' ruck duo of Max Gawn and Luke Jackson and winning by 22 points.
However, when speaking to Fox Footy after the game, Hickey was almost in tears as he discussed the emotional toll of the big finals wins.
Hickey's emotional reveal moved Fox Footy's Garry Lyon. "This is what it all boils down to." "You play for a variety of reasons, but your family comes first," Lyon explained.
Hickey's family makes him appreciate his longevity as an AFL footballer, allowing him to be home more often than he would in a regular job.
His three-year contract with the Swans expires at the end of next season, but he intends to play as long as he can before moving to the Gold Coast home they purchased in 2017.
Hickey also assured that his wife, Chloe, is never left alone, whether, with his parents, Chloe's parents, or some friends come down and spend the night.
His twins arrived last October and turned 10 months now when they begin to crawl, laugh, and entertain each other. "I believe I described it as pure chaos interspersed with moments of bliss," he added.
Meet Tom Hickey Father, Michael And Mother, Anne Hickey
Tom Hickey was born to his parents, Michael and Anne Hickey in Brisbane, Queensland.
His father, Mick is a former professional rugby league footballer who played for Fortitude Valley in the Brisbane Rugby League for ten years. But, son Tom said he never hoped to follow in his father's footsteps.
Hickey was born in Brisbane and grew up in the rugby league heartland of southeast Queensland.
He was involved in a variety of sports for the rest of his schooling, including volleyball, basketball, athletics, rugby union, and water polo.
He had grown tired of volleyball's egotism and yearned for the camaraderie associated with more team-oriented, particularly contact, sports.
After a few close friends encouraged him to try his hand at Australian Rules football, Hickey was scouted by Luke Curran, then the Brisbane Lions Academy Coordinator, who invited him to join the AFLQ Rookie Search Program.
After graduating from high school, Hickey continued to play football and, at the age of 18, successfully applied for the South Eastern Bushrangers, a South-East Brisbane development team.
Tom Hickey Is An Australian Rules Football Player
Tom Hickey is an Australian Rules Football player (AFL) who competes in Australian Football League with the Sydney Swans.
He has previously represented the West Coast Eagles, St. Kilda Football Club, and the Gold Coast Suns.
In round 22 of the 2011 season, against Adelaide, he made his AFL debut and scored his maiden AFL goal. Hickey asked for a move to St. Kilda after playing for the Suns for two seasons so that he could be near his partner, who lives in Melbourne.
The Saints eventually agreed to the deal, but complications developed when the Gold Coast sought a first-round pick in exchange for Hickey's services.
He replaced Longer as the second ruckman in 2015, mostly as a pinch-hitting forward. He got a two-year contract extension after playing in 11 games and was committed to St. Kilda until 2017.
At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Hickey was moved to the West Coast Eagles for pick 39 and West Coast's 2019 fourth-round pick after spending six years and 67 games with the Saints.
Hickey spent two years with the Eagles, where he trailed Nic Naitanui in the team's ruck stocks. He was sold to the Sydney Swans during the 2020 trade period after spending two years with the Eagles.
He is currently playing for Sydney Swans and he made a victory for the team in AFL 2022 against Melbourne’s Max Gawn.