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184 cm
84 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Kilcunda-Bass
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 12 2011
Recruited from: Gippsland Power (VIC)
Brownlow Votes: -


Mitch Golby is a creative midfielder/defender who was drafted by the Lions at the end of 2009 midway through his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction. He is a courageous left-footer who has originally worked his way up from the rookie list to become a valuable member of the Lions' senior team.


• Golby caught the eye of recruiters with a string of impressive performances with the Gippsland Power TAC U18 side in 2009.

• He averaged 23 disposals, eight marks and a goal in five matches with the Power and was subsequently invited to the Victorian State trials.

• He looked almost certain to represent Victoria Country in the U18 Championships but tragically injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in a trial match at Victoria Park.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Golby had a good year for the Lions, playing a total of 12 games in the Senior Side. He played 10 of the first 12 games of the Season and stood out in the Brisbane Lions’ first QClash game in Round 3 at Metricon Stadium. Unfortunately the Lions were defeated in this game, but Golby was able to pick up 28 possessions, including 9 marks and 3 tackles.  

• Golby had some very strong performances for the Brisbane Lions Reserves team. He was named in the best players in a game against the Aspley Hornet’s, where he had 29 possessions and ‘steared’ the midfield.  

• In 2014, the midfielder celebrated 50 games for the Club in a clash against the West Coast Eagles at the Gabba. Although the Lion’s suffered a narrow loss, Golby was a key performer reaching 21 possessions, including 8 marks and 3 tackles.

• After managing 13 senior games the previous season, Golby became a more established member of the senior side in 2013, playing 18 of a possible 22 matches. 

• He held down a role across half-back during the Lions pre-season campaign, and was part of the team that delivered the Club's first ever pre-season premiership since the Fitzroy days. 

• Such was his value to the team, that his four missed matches were forced through injury or suspension. He missed Rounds 9 and 10 with a foot complaint, was a late withdrawal in Round 17 due to illness, and was suspended for the side's Round 20 match.

• In Round 7 against West Coast - his 28th senior game for the Club - Golby slotted his first ever AFL goal during a brief foray forward. The move obviously gave him great confidence, and he went on to kick a total of six goals for the season - an impressive return for a full-time defender.

• He averaged 19.6 disposals across the season, collecting a career-best 29 possessions against Fremantle in Round 12 over in Perth.

• His most consistent season to date was rewarded with his first ever Top 10 finish in the Merrett-Murray Medal. He finished equal 10th alongside first-year player Sam Mayes.

• Golby proved a standout on the track over summer and earned his place in the senior team for Round 1 against Melbourne

• He quickly became an integral member of the Lions’ backline, and averaged more than 18 disposals per game.    

• He earned an AFL Rising Star nomination for his 24-disposal effort against GWS in Round 8, and collected a career-high 26 possessions against the Gold Coast in QClash3.

• Golby’s breakthrough season ended prematurely, however, when a stress fracture was found in his foot after the team’s Round 14 match against Melbourne. The injury didn’t progress as well as planned, and ended up keeping him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

• Despite playing just 13 matches, Golby secured a personal best result in the Club Champion award when he finished 14th – further proving that he was one of the team’s ‘most improved’ in 2012.  

• After overcoming an interrupted debut season, Golby enjoy an incident-free pre-season and earned a place in the Lions' NAB Cup round-robin opener against Essendon/St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.  

• During a second pre-season run against the Western Bulldogs at Visy Park, Golby limped off the field and headed straight to the rooms. While some feared the worst, the knee injury required on reltaively minor surgery and around four weeks on the sidelines.   

• He returned in time for the Reserves' Round 1 loss against Morningside and was widely considered the Lions' best player.

• He continued his good form throughout the first half of the season in the NEAFL - with his run and carry across half-back a feature of his game - and earned selection in Queensland's initial State squad.

• On the eve of the Lions' Round 12 match against Carlton, Golby was elevated to the senior list in place of draftee Ryan Lester who was placed on the long-term injured list.

• He was promptly named in the Lions' Round 12 and proceeded to collect 16 disposals and lay five tackles in his senior debut against the Blues at Etihad Stadium.

• He quickly became a relatively permanent fixture of the Lions backline for the remainder of the season, playing eight of the next 12 matches and averaging 13 disposals per game.

• At the 2011 AFL National Draft, the Lions used their final selection (Pick No.69 overall) to elevate Golby permanently to the Club's senior list for 2012.

• Golby continued his rehabilitation from knee surgery throughout the start of the 2010 season and eventually found his way back into the Lions Reserves side by May.

• But just two games into his return, he injured the same knee and required an arthroscopic tidy-up which forced him back on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.



By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 56
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 7.3
    • Disposals 16.7
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 65.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2013
Handballs 15 West Coast Eagles Rd 4, 2015
Disposals 29 Fremantle Rd 12, 2013
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Essendon Rd 8, 2013
Goals 2 Hawthorn Rd 14, 2013
AFL Fantasy 110 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Brisbane Lions: 21 games, 0 goals


AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination

Club Awards

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player

Other Awards

AFLPA 22Under22 Preliminary Squad