I want to build a legacy at this club that outlasts me
LOOKING up at the Reg Hickey Stand at GMHBA Stadium as captain of Geelong’s AFLW side is a childhood dream Melissa Hickey “never thought would happen.”
“I get a smile as I drive into town and you can see the stadium and the lights. There are so many reminders of Reg around the club,” said Hickey, who joined the Cats in the off-season.
The veteran defender is big on family. Reg, her grandfather’s cousin, captained and later coached Geelong. He was involved in four premierships with the club.
Melissa Hickey will wear the No.18 jumper for Geelong, the same number Reg wore as a Cat and her father carried when he played for South Mildura.
After two seasons with Melbourne, Hickey made the decision to leave the club where she was “happy and comfortable” to be part of the history-making Geelong expansion side.
Although she grew up in Red Cliffs outside Mildura in Victoria’s north-west, Hickey’s family ties with the Cats made her arrival at Geelong feel like a homecoming.
Hickey is looking forward to pulling on the blue and white hoops after being sidelined since round six of the 2018 AFLW season recovering for a left knee reconstruction.
Hickey, who now lives on Ocean Grove, never once considered giving up the game she loves so much through her “long and lonely” recovery.
She wants to make a mark at her new club.
“I want to build a legacy at this club that outlasts me,” she said.
By Marni Olsson-Young