With a rich family history in the game, Lily Mithen is quickly adding another chapter on the field as part of Melbourne’s AFLW team.
The diminutive midfielder from Geelong started her football journey with the boys at Newtown & Chilwell, winning an Under 14 Best and Fairest, before being a Vic Country Youth Girls Vice Captain.
The daughter of former AFL commentator and Richmond Board Member Anthony, Lily turned 18 the year the AFLW’s establishment was announced, making her eligible for the first ever NAB AFLW Draft. The Demons swooped at pick 73 and Mithen delivered in season one, averaging 16 possessions per game to earn a NAB Rising Star nomination in Round 2 and eventually second place in the award. With the third most handballs of any player, Mithen finished fourth in Melbourne’s Best and Fairest.
Another consistent season in 2018, highlighted by 19 possessions in Round 2 over Adelaide saw Mithen play another important role for the Demons, who again fell just short of a Grand Final berth.
Re-committed to Melbourne for 2019, Mithen is also quickly establishing herself as one of the voices of the league. Appearances on Women’s Footy on the Nine Network and as part of Seven’s VFL coverage have shown her natural talent on camera and she is a polished public speaker, considering her 21st birthday doesn’t fall until next AFLW season.