Brody Mihocek (born 4 February 1993) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected at pick #22 in the 2018 rookie draft. He made his senior debut as a 25 year old against Fremantle in round 11 of the 2018 season, kicking 4 goals.
Mihocek playing for Collingwood in August 2018
|Date of birth||4 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Tasmania|
|Original team(s)||Port Melbourne|
|Draft||No. 22 2018 rookie draft|
vs. Fremantle, at MCG
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 1, 2020.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Mihocek played for Tasmania in the 2011 AFL Under 18 Championships, in which Tasmania were the Division 2 premiers, and was selected in the 2011 Under 18 All-Australian team at centre half-back. However he was overlooked in the 2011 AFL draft. He then played for the Burnie Dockers, and was part of their 2012 Tasmanian State League (TSL) flag, kicking a goal in the Grand Final. After this he made the move to Melbourne and started playing with Maribyrnong Park in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL) for the 2013 season in the hopes of securing a place in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Prior to the 2014 season he was offered a place at the Werribee VFL side.
In 2014, Mihocek signed with Victorian Football League (VFL) club Werribee for 2 seasons, but when Werribee became fully aligned with Australian Football League (AFL) side North Melbourne, Mihocek sought a move. He met with Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres, and moved to Port Melbourne searching for team success.. Mihocek played 33 games for Port Melbourne over 2 seasons, being awarded the Jack McFarlane medal for the club's best and fairest in 2016, and played a key role Port Melbourne's 2017 VFL Premiership, being impressive both in attack and defence during his tenure. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, the AFL side Collingwood made the move to draft Mihocek.
Mihocek plays as a tall marking forward who possesses considerable marking and goalkicking skills. However he occasionally floats up onto a wing and plays a link-up role to send the ball inside the forward 50. Perhaps the most notable facet of his game, his work ethic, is what sets him apart as he's constantly running, applying pressure and positioning himself in the forward half.
Collingwood had been watching Mihocek closely in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for a couple years, and decided to pick him with pick 22 in the 2018 rookie draft. While he played primarily as a defender in the VFL, he made his debut as a tall forward against Fremantle in round 11 of the 2018 season to immediate effect, kicking 4 goals. He found himself a regular in Collingwood's best 22, playing every remaining game in the season, including the finals series and the Grand Final loss against West Coast where he kicked 1 goal. He finished the season with 29 goals from 16 games.
Off the back of an impressive debut season, Mihocek was a walk-up starter for Collingwood, arguably the most important person in their forward line with his marking prowess, running and work-ethic great assets. As Collingwood struggled with injuries and suspensions to a host of their forwards, Mihocek's importance to Collingwood was underlined, as he played every game for the season, and led Collingwood's goalkicking with 36 goals. He also received 4 Brownlow Medal votes in 2019.
- Statistics are correct to the end of 2019 season
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