Hamilton Kangaroos ruckman Jack Hickey hurt in round one defeat

HURT: Hamilton Kangaroos ruckman Jack Hickey injured his shoulder on Saturday in their loss to South Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone
HURT: Hamilton Kangaroos ruckman Jack Hickey injured his shoulder on Saturday in their loss to South Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone

HAMILTON Kangaroos are sweating on the fitness of ruckman Jack Hickey after he was injured in their round one loss to South Warrnambool on Saturday night.

Former Camperdown footballer Hickey, who endured an injury-wrecked debut season at the Kangaroos in 2017, had an x-ray to determine the extent of the damage on Sunday.

Roos coach Matt Dunn said Hickey was hurt 15 minutes into the historic night game at a rain-drenched Friendly Societies’ Park. 

Taine Morris and Hamish Waldron both sustained rolled ankles in the 7.14 (56) to 5.6 (36) loss. He was pleased with the performances from Brad Thomas and Jandre Slabbert, who both returned to the Hampden league club in the off-season, and teenage trio Rory Gill, Seth Fiegert and James Cleaver, who made his senior debut.

HISTORY: The first night game at Friendly Societies' Park between South Warrnambool and Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Rob Gunstone

HISTORY: The first night game at Friendly Societies' Park between South Warrnambool and Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Dunn was also happy with emerging ruckman Jack Pertzel’s efforts against reigning Maskell Medallist Manny Sandow.

Roosters coach Mat Buck was rapt with his side’s ability to impact against the wind as both sides battled heavy rain.

“We didn’t want to shut up shop and wanted to score into the breeze,” he said.

“I thought Hamilton played really well early, were physical at the ball and tackled well.

“We withstood that in the first half and went into half-time with the lead.

“It was important because in heavy rain, any lead is a good lead.”

Buck said Sam Thompson’s game across half-back, Liam Youl’s standout performance in the middle and Noah Kol’s contribution on a wing were catalysts for the win.

TOP GAME: South Warrnambool's Sam Thompson played a big role in their round one win over Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Rob Gunstone

TOP GAME: South Warrnambool's Sam Thompson played a big role in their round one win over Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Rob Gunstone