Mark Hutchings

Mark Raymond Hutchings (born 25 May 1991) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). From Perth, Western Australia, Hutchings captained his state at the 2009 National Under-18 Championships, and, having also played for East Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), was selected by St Kilda in the 2010 Rookie Draft. A midfielder, he was delisted after a season at the club without having made his senior debut, and transferred to West Perth upon his return to Western Australia. Establishing himself as a regular player for the team, Hutchings was one of the competition's best players during the 2012 season, playing state football, finishing second in the Sandover Medal, and winning West Perth's best and fairest award. He was drafted by West Coast at the 2012 National Draft, and made his senior AFL debut during the 2013 season, playing nine matches during his debut season, as well as playing in a premiership for West Perth.

Mark Hutchings
Hutchings playing for West Coast in April 2018
Personal information
Full name Mark Raymond Hutchings
Date of birth (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991
Original team(s) Coolbinia JFC
Draft 20th pick, 2010 Rookie Draft (StK)
60th pick, 2012 National Draft (WC)
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 34
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2013– West Coast 110 (46)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2012 Western Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd21 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2012.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Junior career

From Perth, Hutchings played junior football for the Coolbinia Junior Football Club,[1] and later represented Western Australia at the 2007 National Under-16 Championships.[2] Zoned to the East Perth Football Club, where he played in the colts (under-18) and reserves divisions of the West Australian Football League (WAFL), Hutchings made his senior debut for East Perth in early August 2008, recording 21 disposals against Peel Thunder in what The West Australian described as a "spectacular debut".[3] He went on to play in each of the club's five remaining matches, and the following season played in the club's first seven matches, before being named in Western Australia's team for the 2009 National Under-18 Championships.[2][4] With future Geelong player Mitch Duncan the only other East Perth player named in the state squad, Hutchings was named as captain of the team that went on to win the championships, and was best on ground in the game against the Northern Territory.[5] Although he was not named in the under-18 All-Australian team, he was one of 75 (and 13 WA-based) players invited to the AFL draft camp,[6] where he went on to finish equal third in the beep test, with a score of 14.12.[7]

Senior career

Overlooked at the 2009 National Draft in November 2009, Hutchings was selected by the St Kilda Football Club with the 20th pick in the following month's Rookie Draft.[8] However, he was de-listed by St Kilda at the end of the 2010 season, without playing a senior match for the club.[9] He had spent most of the season playing for Sandringham Football Club, St Kilda's VFL-affiliate, playing twelve games and kicking three goals.[10] Returning to Western Australia, Hutchings was recruited by the West Perth Football Club.[11] He made his senior debut for the team in the second round of the 2011 season, and was outstanding early in the season—West Perth was undefeated in its first eight games, and Hutchings was the leader of The West Australian Footballer of the Year competition after nine rounds.[12] He went on to be named in Western Australia's initial 31-man squad for the 2011 state game against Queensland,[13] but did not make the final team after suffering a hamstring injury against Peel.[14] Hutchings finished the season with 21 games for West Perth,[4] and polled 21 votes to finish fourteenth in the Sandover Medal.[15]

Following on from his form for West Perth, Hutchings nominated for the 2011 AFL Draft, but was again overlooked, despite having excelled at both WAFL- and AFL-run draft combines.[16][17] Further good form during the 2012 season led to Hutchings' selection in the state team to play against South Australia, where he was the youngest player in the side.[18] He played another 20 games for West Perth during the season, and was awarded the Breckler Medal as the club's best and fairest player.[19] In the Sandover Medal, he polled 51 votes to finish second behind Claremont's Kane Mitchell, the highest number of votes ever polled by a West Perth player.[20] In the 2012 National Draft, Hutchings was selected by the West Coast Eagles with the 60th pick overall.[21][22] Beginning the 2013 season with West Perth, after several 25-plus-disposal games, he was named to make his senior debut against the Brisbane Lions,[23] and recorded 15 disposals on debut. Hutchings played most of the remainder of the season for West Coast, filling a midfield role after a run of injuries to other players, with a high of 26 disposals against the Western Bulldogs.[24] Against Fremantle, he recorded 16 tackles, which was both a club record and an overall season record, as well as the equal third-highest tackle count since the statistic was first recorded in 1987.[25][26]


Statistics are correct to the end of round 10, 2019 [27]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2013 West Coast 349131028418634600.10.311.39.320.73.86.7
2014 West Coast 34168716112628746880.50.410.17.917.92.95.5
2015 West Coast 34137110912123036570.
2016 West Coast 341813315513328849860.
2017 West Coast 34197312911424352600.
2018 West Coast 34209521213034269870.50.310.66.517.13.54.4
2019 West Coast 341013814612728320.
Career 105 46 25 949 754 1703 314 470 0.4 0.2 9.0 7.2 16.2 3.0 4.5

See also


  1. "Bombers hit high mark"Community Newspaper Group. Published 7 February 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. "YOUNG GUN"The West Australian. Published 8 May 2009. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  3. Townsend, John (2008). "Royal inspiration as veterans hurt"The West Australian. Published 4 August 2008. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  4. Mark HUTCHINGS (East Perth) – West Australian Football League. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. O'Donoghue, Craig (2009). "WA must stop next big thing"The West Australian. Published 13 June 2009. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  6. O'Donoghue, Craig (2009). "Jetta reward with invite to draft camp"The West Australian. Published 27 August 2009. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  7. Sherwood, Merryn (2009). "This year's draftees look set to go the distance"Canberra Times. Published 3 October 2009. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  8. O'Donoghue, Craig (2009). "East Perth teenager perfect fit for Saints"The West Australian. Published 16 December 2009. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  9. Foreman, Glen (2013). "Mantra revives West Coast recruit Mark Hutchings' dream"The Sunday Times. Published 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  10. Statistics for Sandringham playing in 2010 VFL Seniors – Sandringham Football Club. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  11. Reid, Russell (2011). "Falcons swoop on forgotten Saint"The West Australian. Published 15 January 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  12. "Hutchings flies past teammate"The West Australian. Published 20 May 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  13. Reid, Russell (2011). "Selectors reward Falcons for good form"The West Australian. Published 13 May 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  14. Reid, Russell (2011). "Thunder and lightning"The West Australian. Published 13 June 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  15. "Blackwell claims 2011 Sandover Medal" Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine – West Australian Football League. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  16. O'Donoghue, Craig (2011). "WAFL stars stepping up"The West Australian. Published 15 October 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  17. O'Donoghue, Craig (2011). "School to come first for son of a gun"The West Australian. Published 17 October 2011. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  18. Townsend, John (2012). "Stoppage king comes of age"The West Australian. Published 25 May 2012. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  19. "HUTCHINGS TAKES HOME FIRST BRECKLER" – West Perth Football Club. Published 9 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  20. Townsend, John (2012). "Mitchell joins the elite"The West Australian. Published 18 September 2012. Retrieved from Factiva, 24 June 2013.
  21. Malcolm, Alex (2013). "Eagle Hutchings better off for first-up failure" – Australian Football League. Published 10 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  22. Butler, Steve; Lacy, Bridget; and O'Donoghue, Craig (2012). "Falcon deserved another chance"The West Australian. Published 23 November 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  23. Robinson, Chris (2013). "West Coast's Mark Hutchings wins senior call-up for Brisbane clash"Herald Sun. Published 9 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  24. Mark Hutchings playing statistics – AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  25. 2013 Player Game High Records – Footywire AFL Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  26. Most Tackles In A Game – AFL Tables. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  27. "Mark Hutchings". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
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