Young Bull keen for start
There are plenty of talented ruckmen who can not only lead in the centre square on game day, but also lead by example off the field.
West Coast has Nic Naitanui, Collingwood has Brodie Grundy and Melbourne has Max Gawn — just to name a few.
The Harvey Bulls Football Club has not chosen a captain yet, however last year’s vice-captain Kyle Hickman, a local boy who was light years ahead of the game for his age, will continue to lead through good sportsmanship and a fair demeanour if a shortened season does get under way.
Hickman is a full-bodied ruckman with a good head on his shoulders and a strong committent to his club.
While the 22-year-old is outstanding in the ruck, he is a versatile player and can play in any position on the ground.
Hickman started playing football at the grassroots level. He recalled jumping in for certain drills at Auskick before he was even allowed to legally sign up.
“My older brother Corey used to play Auskick and I would wait patiently on the sidelines hoping to get a run around with the other kids,” Hickman said.
He continued with football and ended up playing colts at the age of 14 — which is considerably early.
He was crowned best and fairest for the colts competition and went on to be selected as captain in just his second year at the club.
However, he was snagged for the Harvey Bull’s league side for many games and played only one game in the colts competition that year.
Hickman was just 15 when he played his first league game and eventually started training with the senior side.
In his first three years of league, the Bull’s made the finals each year.
He hopes to make finals again this year if a modified season gets the whistle to play on.
The call to play has many umpires and different organisations have to formally approve the season’s start.
The Harvey Shire Council has to approve the oval availability and a safety plan will have to be laid out by the SWFL and WACFL.
Social distancing and hygiene protocols, including no handshakes, high-fives or sharing water bottles will be implemented. The AFL season will resume on June 11 and the country football leagues could follow shortly after.
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