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Mark Hutchings
Hutchings
DOB
25/5/1991
Height
181cm
Weight
81 kg
Junior club
East Perth/Coolbinia JFC
Arrived
Pick 60 in the 2012 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 7 2013 vs Brisbane
(209th Eagles player)
Games
113
Goals
46
Honours
Premiership medal (2018)
Best Clubman (2017)
B&F Top 10
1 (2018)
Best Finish
7th (2018)
Other clubs
East Perth (WAFL) 2008-2009,
2014-2018
St Kilda (AFL) 2010
West Perth (WAFL) 2011-2013

Hard-working inside midfielder Mark Hutchings spent a year on St Kilda's rookie list and then two years plying his trade at West Perth before the Eagles picked him up late in the 2012 national draft.

St Kilda careerEdit

Originally an East Perth and Coolbinia junior, Hutchings captained the victorious WA under-18s in 2009 before being picked up by St Kilda in the rookie draft. He spent 2010 playing with Sandringham, the Saints' affiliate, in the VFL and was delisted at the end of the year.

Hutchings returned to WA and signed with West Perth. A strong 2011 season was followed by a massive 2012 in which Hutchings won the Falcons' best and fairest and finished runner-up in the Sandover Medal.

West Coast careerEdit

Picked up by West Coast with its final selection in the 2012 national draft, Hutchings was forced to bide his time at West Perth until round 7, when the unavailability of Daniel Kerr and Chris Masten opened the door for his senior debut. Although he acquitted himself well, he was dropped the following week when Kerr and Masten returned. The pattern continued throughout the season with Hutchings unable to cement a spot in the midfield despite some impressive performances, including 19 touches and a massive 16 tackles in the round 16 derby, and 26 possessions against the Bulldogs. He played nine senior games but finished the year in the WAFL, where he won the Simpson Medal as the best afield in West Perth's grand final victory.

In his second season, the hard-nosed midfielder became a regular member of the side. After a delayed start to the year due to a back injury and a couple of games at his junior club East Perth, Hutchings broke into the side in round 5 and became an important part of the midfield rotation. In the second half of the year he was used in a tagging role to good effect.

Hutchings had an interrupted pre-season due to a groin injury and made just one appearance (as the sub) in the first half of the 2015 season. He slowly worked his way into the midfield rotation after the bye and his form was good enough to keep vice-captain Scott Selwood out of the side for the preliminary and grand final, finishing with 13 games for the year.

After another injury-interrupted pre-season, Hutchings rebounded to play a career-high 18 games in 2016, proving his value to the side as a clearance-winner and occasional tagger. He went one better in 2017 after spending some time at East Perth in the first half of the season, regularly getting tagging roles against one of the opposition's more dangerous players.

In and out of the side in the early stages of 2018, by the end of the season Hutchings had established himself as one of the league's best taggers, shutting down a number of dangerous midfielders including a superb blanketing job on Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom in the Eagles' Grand Final win. He was rewarded with a maiden top-ten finish in the John Worsfold Medal count, in addition to his premiership medal.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2013 9 1 3 102 34 84 186 60 43 WP 13 16 11 207 67 152 359 56
2014 16 8 7 161 46 126 287 88 31 EP 3 3 2 33 14 38 71 7
2015 13 7 1 109 36 121 230 57 38 6 5 3 71 21 66 137 28
2016 18 13 3 155 49 133 288 86 49 5 0 2 48 23 59 107 27
2017 19 7 3 129 52 114 243 60 24 4 3 0 56 16 62 118 21
2018 20 9 5 212 69 130 342 87 53 2 0 1 38 21 24 62 12
Tot 95 45 22 868 286 708 1576 438 238
Avg 0.5 9.1 3.0 7.5 16.6 4.6 2.5

NewsEdit

2/11/18: Premiership trio re-sign

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/M/Mark_Hutchings.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hutchings

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/2008

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