Liam Hiscock is the selfless leader.
The beating heart of the Frankston Football Club and the general of the Dolphins’ defence.
At the club since 2019, Hiscock has underpinned the improving culture and connectivity within the squad.
So much does he care that defensive coach Rikki Johnston notes it can be at the expense of his own game.
“We’re trying to get him to be a little bit more offensive and think about himself, he’s such a naturally selfless person and tries to get others involved in the game rather than wanting the ball in his hands,” Johnston says of Hiscock.
His teammates smile as they recall stories of his leadership.
Josh Begley remembers having a long chat with Hiscock on his first night at the club.
It made him feel instantly welcomed.
“He’s a good character that makes jokes and doesn’t take himself too seriously which creates a great environment in the club rooms but once it’s his turn to work on field he’s good,” Begley said.
Young, quietly spoken defender Joe Lloyd raves about his communication.
“He’s really good at developing the players around him, even just lifting people up if they’re not playing well, so it’s really enjoyable seeing him play a role in developing us younger backmen,” Lloyd said.
“He always has something good to say, something to improve on and he gets that message across clearly.”
Hiscock drives into training with wingman Alfie Jarnestrom, who laughs recalling their ‘random’ conversations.
“Hissy’s the pinnacle of a good leader, you know what you’re going to get from him – he’s going to organise everyone and he’s been really good in driving the culture,” Jarnestrom said.
“He makes sure he goes around to people and asks them how they’re going and he doesn’t do that just for the sake of it, he actually cares, he enjoys getting to know people.”
Hiscock is reluctant to brag, but says he loves seeing the development of his teammates.
“If I can help everyone else in the team to get 5-10% percent more out of themselves that’s a massive one for me and if I can make someone better in a certain aspect of the game, I get a real kick out of that,” Hiscock said.
“If everyone can get 1-2% better it’ll translate out on field.
“When you have a genuine connection off the field and take an interest in people’s lives it translates not only on field but also the quality of time at the club with people wanting to show up.”