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Mitch
Honeychurch

Height
176 cm
DOB
02-03-1995
Weight
71 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2017
6
Career
22
Goals
2017
1
Career
12
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
421
Avg
70
MitchHoneychurch

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Vermont Eagles/Eastern Ranges (U18)
Debut: Rd 15 (Melbourne)
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges (U18)
Brownlow Votes: -

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Mitch Honeychurch is a fiercely competitive midfielder/forward who wins plenty of contested ball and is also proficient on the outside.

Despite rehabilitating a broken arm in the early stages of the 2013 TAC Cup season, Honeychurch returned in time to play in the national championships for Vic Metro, going on to be named the team’s most valuable player and gain All Australian selection. 

Honeychurch boasts clean hands and has no trouble racking up possessions, while also possessing the ability to shift forward and kick goals.

Honeychurch was drafted to the Kennel with the Bulldogs' third selection (pick 60 overall) in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, and debuted in round 15 of the 2014 Toyota AFL Premiership Season in the Western Bulldogs win over Melbourne.

Honeychurch was a member of the Footscray Bulldogs' 2016 VFL Premiership side, averaging 27 disposals per game across his 17 games at state league level in that season.

Season in short

Honeychurch played six straight games from round 13 after playing two AFL games in 2016.

The 22-year-old finished the season averaging 15 disposals per contest, including six score involvements and his 5.7 tackles per game placed him fourth at the club.

Was again a consistent performer at VFL level, averaging 21 touches and kicking 13 goals in eight games for Footscray.

Stat that mattered:

Ten tackles against the West Coast Eagles in Round 15 was a career high.

Season in short

By his own admission, Mitch Honeychurch was disappointed to play only the two AFL games this season, but at just 21 years of age, the dogged midfielder has plenty of upside.

Averaged 27 touches, four marks and six tackles over 17 games for Footscray this season and was a key member of the Dogs’ second VFL premiership in three seasons.  Despite being lightly built the 21-year-old is ferocious at the contest and his defensive pressure is a highlight.

Not one to waste an opportunity at AFL level, the third year forward/midfielder was excellent against Port Adelaide in round 12, recording a career high 22 disposals, five marks and six tackles.

Was consistent all season and if not for the Bulldogs’ depth in the small forward position would likely have had more opportunity.

 

The stat that mattered

Honeychurch was named among Footscray’s best in 13 of his 17 games.

 

What they said

“It was  a pretty good year in the VFL, obviously I wouldn’t mind playing more AFL footy but we had a pretty good AFL midfield, so hopefully I can play some more games next year and go from there.

“I’d like to finish off my work in front of goal and try and hit my field kicks as best I can and that should put me in good stead for next year.” 

Season in short:

Mitch Honeychurch continued his striking pre-season form into the home and away season, with a spot in the side from rounds one to seven.

His season was twice interrupted by injury, but the dogged small forward earned his way back into the senior side for round 22 and played the final three match of the year.

Honeychurch finished the year with 11 matches, his most notable in round two against Richmond.

The 20-year-old picked up 18 disposals, four marks and six tackles – and a Rising Star nomination.

His pressure was a key cog in the forward-line set up, with defensive acts the highlight of his game this year.

 

Stat that mattered:

Honeychurch ranked 10th among rising stars (first and second year players) in tackles per game.

 

What they said:

“The last 12 months have been pretty good, I obviously had a few injuries throughout the year but I think I started off pretty well... In the end I was happy with the year and to play a few games was great.” – Mitch Honeychurch, September 2015

“He’s obviously known for his pressure and tenacity around the footy and he definitely brought that, and was really a leader in that area in the first part of the season…

“If he thinks he can belong at the level, I think then that’s probably half the battle for him, and we saw that in the second half of the year and coming into the finals, it wasn’t only his pressure around the ball, he started to hit the scoreboard and he’ll definitely work on that throughout the pre-season.” – Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

A sharp handball from Bob Murphy, a clean take, a split second decision, a snap off the right boot, and a goal.  That’s how Mitch Honeychurch’s AFL career began.

Joining the exclusive first kick, first goal club in his round 15 debut against Melbourne, the 19-year-old made an instant impact at senior level.

Honeychurch played just three games in his debut year, but played a hand in two memorable victories over Melbourne and Geelong.

Ferocious at the contest, the midfield/forward showed at VFL level to be prolific ball winner and regular scoreboard contributor, including a five goal, and 25 disposal best on ground performance against minor premiers Port Melbourne.

Honeychurch carried that through to AFL level, registering seven tackles in the Bulldogs’ round 16 loss to Geelong.

 

The stat that mattered:

Honeychurch kicked 21 goals at VFL level in 2014.

 

 

What they said:

“You can’t ask for a better start and to get the win by six points – it was pretty nerve wracking at the end there, but we got the win which was great.” – Honeychurch following his debut at senior level.

Awards

Club Awards

Footscray Bulldogs VFL Premiership Side
2014

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 7.2
    • Handballs 7.3
    • Disposals 14.5
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.7
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 70.2

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 North Melbourne Rd 14
Handballs 11 Carlton Rd 17
Disposals 20 Melbourne Rd 13
Marks 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 West Coast Eagles Rd 15
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 78 Melbourne Rd 13

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 9 11 20 3 0 4 1 4 0 3 78
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 12 4 16 5 0 2 1 3 0 3 73
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 4 6 10 0 0 1 1 10 0 0 62
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 3 7 10 2 0 1 1 7 0 0 55
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 6 11 17 4 0 3 1 4 1 2 76
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 9 5 14 5 0 1 0 6 0 0 77
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 43 44 87 19 0 12 5 34 1 8 421

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 6.2
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 12.7
    • Marks 2.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.3
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 59.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 North Melbourne Rd 14, 2017
Handballs 11 Carlton Rd 17, 2017
Disposals 22 Port Adelaide Rd 12, 2016
Marks 8 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2015
Hit-outs 1 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Tackles 10 West Coast Eagles Rd 15, 2017
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2015
AFL Fantasy 100 Port Adelaide Rd 12, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 43 44 87 19 0 12 5 34 1 8 421
2016 Western Bulldogs 20 18 38 8 0 2 4 8 1 1 149
2015 Western Bulldogs 65 65 130 26 1 13 9 41 9 9 617
2014 Western Bulldogs 9 15 24 3 0 2 0 11 1 2 120

Legend

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M
Marks
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
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AFL Fantasy points