Mitch Thorp

Mitchell Thorp (born 25 December 1988), better known as Mitch Thorp, is an Australian rules football player who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Mitch Thorp
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Thorp
Date of birth (1988-12-25) 25 December 1988
Original team(s) Tassie Mariners / Northern Bombers
Debut Round 15, 2007, Hawthorn
vs. Richmond, at MCG
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2009 Hawthorn 2 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Thorp was a key position player, and was taken by Hawthorn at pick six in front of Joel Selwood 2006 National Draft.

Thorp debuted against Richmond in round 15 and after a large media buildup he played a promising game, including kicking a goal. An injury from that game meant he was unable to play the following week.

Called in as a late replacement, Thorp played his second game against Sydney in round 2, 2009.

Thorp had surgery to remove a bone fragment and have a pin inserted in his foot. Thorp would take at least three months to recover from a broken sesamoid bone in his left foot. The injury ruled Thorp out for the rest of the 2009 season.[1]

Thorp was delisted by the Hawthorn Football club on 28 October 2009 after no club showed interest in him during the AFL trade week.[2] He later entered the National Draft, but was unable to be drafted by a club.

Post AFL

In 2010 Thorp played as a forward for Werribee Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). In a match for Weribee against the Coburg Tigers, Thorp ran into, and knocked out, former Richmond defender Graham Polak.

In 2011, he returned to play football in Tasmania for the South Launceston Football Club. Thorp was appointed as playing coach of South Launceston for the 2012 season.[3]

In 2013, Thorp guided South Launceston to the Tasmanian Football League premiership. In doing so, he became the youngest player to captain/coach a side in Tasmanian Football to a premiership. In the same season, Thorp won the Tassie Medal as the TSL's best player that year, starring in the state's win over the NEAFL and being the best forward in the competition.[4]

Thorp entered the 2013 AFL Draft, with a view of resuming his AFL career. Despite reported interest from Carlton, the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle, Gold Coast and Brisbane, Thorp was unsuccessful in getting drafted.[5]

Thorp was appointed coach of the Western Storm Football Club in 2013. However, in December 2013, just two weeks after the official launch of the Storm, Thorp resigned from his position and left the Storm, accepting an offer to be a playing assistant coach for South Australian National Football League club Glenelg, in a bid to resurrect his AFL career.[4][6][7]

At the end of the 2014 season, Thorp returned to the TSL to be playing coach of the Devonport Football Club.[8]

Thorp joined Launceston ahead of the 2018 TSL season.[9]

Thorp then became coach of the Launceston for the 2019 TSL Season.[10]


  1. Stevens, Mark (25 May 2009). "Hawk Mitch Thorp's latest injury puts career at crossroads". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  2. "Thorp among three Hawks cut". Australian Football League. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  3. Bresnehan, James (7 October 2011). "Mitch Thorp to coach". The Mercury. Archived from the original on 30 November 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  4. Stubbs, Brett (20 December 2013). "Mitch Thorp swaps Western Storm for last crack at AFL". The Mercury. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  5. McFarlane, Glenn (7 November 2013). "Carlton, Western Bulldogs and Fremantle are considering drafting ex-Hawk Mitch Thorp". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  6. Bresnehan, James (4 April 2014). "Premiership power on display in Storm debut". The Mercury. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. Edwards, Phil (19 December 2013). "Shock for Storm as Thorp quits". The Examiner. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  9. Geale, Hamish (6 October 2017). "Mitch Thorp and Sam Lonergan reunited at Launceston". The Examiner.
  10. Mathieson, Andrew (15 November 2018). "Mitch Thorp the Launceston player now becomes the Blues coach". The Examiner.
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