Lions still in flag hunt; Hickmott
Subiaco midfielder Liam Hickmott is confident his side can recover from their three-game losing streak.
A win before their bye in round 10 moved the Lions to the top of the ladder but they have since dropped down to fifth after defeats at the hands of Claremont, Peel Thunder, and Swan Districts.
The cumulative margin of the streak has been just 23 points, with Hickmott telling Sports Breakfast his team was not far away from putting together a four-quarter performance.
“We’ve played some good minutes of footy but we haven’t played four good quarters across those games, that’s what’s hitting us at the moment,” he said.
“We came back [against Swans], we fought really hard and we showed what our style is and we got back in front, we were down by a bit. It’s just being able to continue that style of footy.
“I thought we were pretty good on the weekend, just making it a bit easier for our forwards is our goal this week.”
Hickmott served a long apprenticeship with the Lions, playing 25 reserves games after winning the Jack Clarke Medal for the competition’s best colts player in 2018 and initially breaking into the league team as a tagger, but is expected to feature strongly in this season’s Sandover Medal voting after an outstanding season.
The 23-year-old said his ruckman Zac Clarke was his favourite for the award.
“He’s been dominating a lot more than me. He’s just making me look good,” he said.
“It’s been a bit different, been good to be able to go off and win the ball on the outside and try to get everyone involved in the game.
“It’s a bit different to tagging but kind of similar at the same time.”
Beau Wardman’s group will look to break their losing run against Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday, with Hickmott saying the ninth-placed Demons were not being underestimated.
“Perth’s a good side and they’ve come a long way from where they started this year,” he said.
“Our form’s been up and down so we want to go in there with full force and hopefully turn our season back around.”
The clash between the Lions and the Demons gets underway at 2:10 pm and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.