Hickey leads Cats women

Melissa Hickey will lead the Cats leadership group for the second year. (Supplied)

By Natalee Kerr

Defender Melissa Hickey will lead the Cats in 2020, the club announced on Tuesday.

Geelong unveiled its AFLW leadership group ahead of its season opener next month, with Hickey taking up captaincy duties for a second consecutive year.

The 35-year-old enjoyed a successful 2019, playing all eight games and becoming Geelong’s leading disposal winner.

Fellow Cats Aasta O’Connor, Renee Garing, Jordan Ivey and Meg McDonald will also join Hickey in the group.

McDonald received the title of vice-captain following an impressive 2019 season.

The full-back won Geelong’s inaugural AFLW best and fairest and featured in the AFLW All Australian side.

Geelong’s Head of Women’s Football Simone Bellears said it was “fantastic” to see the duo lead the Cats in 2020.

“We know that (Hickey’s) passion and leadership qualities will continue to unite the group going forward,” she said.

“We are also excited to see Meg McDonald named as vice-captain, recognition of the significant impact she has had on our playing group in such a short amount of time.

“Her impact on-field speaks for itself, and her impact off-field has been just as significant.”

The Cats will face Fremantle for their season opener on 9 February at Fremantle Oval.

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