Mitch Robinson enjoyed an incredible career resurgence in 2019. At the Tasmanian pre-season camp, he found himself playing in the B team – a feeling he was not used to. After a discussion with Senior Coach Chris Fagan it was decided he would trial for the wing position – a spot that was up for grabs and one he had never played in before.
The 30-year-old worked hard and earned the spot for Round 1 against the West Coast Eagles and never looked back. Throughout the year he formed a formidable partnership with Hugh McCluggage on the wing.
Robinson is revered by his teammates for his toughness, never-say-die attitude and passion for the guernsey.
Individual highlights for the tough-nut included winning the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best on ground in Round 6’s QClash win over the Gold Coast SUNS at Metricon. That afternoon he had 26 disposals, eight marks and five tackles.
An example of his never-say-die attitude was when the Lions were clearly in front of Hawthorn in the last 30 seconds of the game in Launceston and he chased a player down half the field to tackle them.
The season ended on a sour note when he suffered a hamstring injury in the Lions Qualifying Final against Richmond, which ruled him out for the Semi Final against GWS the following week. It was the only game he missed all year.
He was rewarded for his successful season on Club Champion night where he was a joint winner of Players’ Player and won the Shaun Hart Trademark Player of the Year.
Off the field, “Robbo” is just as entertaining – he hosts a popular podcast called “Rip Through It”, is an e-sports player and runs his own home barber shop.