328. Mitch Robinson

Player Inductee

Lauderdale/Tasmania Devils/Carlton/Brisbane Lions, 2006-23

100 games, 58 goals for Carlton, 2009-14
147 games, 71 goals for Brisbane Lions, 2015-22
Merrett-Murray Medal, 2015 (Brisbane Lions Best & Fairest) – Equal
Carlton Best & Fairest Top 10 2011 (7th), 2012 (9th)
Brisbane Best & Fairest Top 10 2016 (2nd), 2019 (9th)
International Rules representative, 2011

20 games, 14 goals for Lauderdale, 2006-08
12 games, 4 goals for Tasmanian Devils, 2007-08
11 games, 6 goals for Darwin Buffaloes (Northern Territory FL), 2022-23
Morningside (QAFL), 2023
Lauderdale Best & Fairest, 2007
Hunter Harrison Medal, 2008
(Best & Fairest, AFL U18 Championships – Division 2)
U18 All-Australian, 2008
Represented Northern Territory FL vs South Fremantle, 2023

A player for whom the term ‘hard nut’ seems scarcely adequate, Mitch Robinson began his football journey with Lauderdale in the state’s south, winning the club’s senior Best & Fairest as an 18-year-old. Something of a late bloomer as a junior, Robinson largely represented the Tasmania U18s as an over-ager, winning the Hunter Harrison Medal and All-Australian selection at the 2008 U18 National Championships, while also playing 11 senior VFL games for the Tasmanian Devils.

He was subsequently drafted by Carlton at Pick 40, and made his senior debut in the 2009 season opener against Richmond; he looked immediately comfortable at AFL level, quickly forging a reputation as a physical player who wasn’t afraid to throw his weight around, but also one possessing fine skills and an eye for goal. After six seasons and 100 games at Princes Park, Robinson joined the Brisbane Lions in 2015, a move which benefitted both club and player enormously.

In his first year in Queensland, Robinson tied for the Merrett-Murray Medal as Lions’ Best & Fairest, his now trademark physicality in a young Lions team quickly making him a fan favourite. Robinson continued to play a vital role in the Lions development into a premiership contender under fellow Tasmanian Chris Fagan, shifting to a role as a defensive wingman; he was still as damaging as ever on occasion however, including a 30-disposal, 4-goal performance against GWS in 2021.

After becoming the fourth Tasmanian to play 100 VFL/AFL games for two clubs, Robinson retired from AFL football after the 2022 season. He subsequently signed with QAFL club Morningside and has also spent time with Darwin in the NTFL, winning high praise for his on-field performance – representing the NTFL against South Fremantle – and off-field efforts in promoting the club and competition.