Mitch Honeychurch is a fiercely competitive midfielder-forward who wins plenty of contested ball and is also proficient on the outside. Mitch began his junior football campaign with the Eastern Ranges in the TAC CUP. Despite suffering a broken arm in the early stages of the season, Mitch’s brief outings were enough to secure him a spot in VIC Metro’s U18 side. Furthermore, after a very successful carnival in the Championships, Mitch was awarded with the side’s Most Valuable Player as well as earning All-Australian selection. He was then drafted to the Bulldogs with pick 60 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft and debuted in round 15 of the 2014 season in the Western Bulldogs’ win over Melbourne. In 2014, he played primarily in the club’s VFL side, Footscray, where he won his first VFL Premiership.
Mitch began the 2015 season very well, playing in the side’s opening 7 rounds before being struck down by injury. He was twice-interrupted by injury in his 2015 campaign however managed to return in the concluding stages of the season, playing the remaining 3 games. His most notable outing for the year came in the second round against Richmond where he collected 18 disposals, four marks and six tackles – and a Rising Star nomination. Mitch was praised for his role in the Dogs’ forward-line, his pressure and tenacity around the ball providing great forward-defensive work.
Despite only playing 2 senior AFL games for the year, Mitch had an outstanding season with Footscray. His ability and effort in the midfield was very potent, averaging a huge 27 disposals in his 17 games. His ferociousness around the ballad desire to win was elite. He played a pivotal part in Footscray’s, and his second, VFL premiership.
Mitch’s 2017 campaign was slow however at Round 13, went on to play 6 games up until the season’s end. 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. At VFL level, he kicked 13 goals in his 8 appearances. Mitch will now look to the 2018 season where he will hope to make further inroads into his senior development.