The Magpies went on to defeat Brisbane by 4 factors to win the premiership, with Collingwood objective sneak Bobby Hill profitable the Norm Smith Medal for his four-goal haul.
Regardless of Hill’s finest on floor efficiency, Cornes stated Mitchell’s 24 disposals, seven clearances and an enormous 13 tackles added as much as essentially the most spectacular particular person efficiency on Saturday.
“I believed Tom Mitchell was a little bit disrespected within the Norm Smith medal voting,” Cornes stated on AFL Commerce Radio on Monday.
“He was excellent.”
Bobby Hill acquired most votes, with your complete panel awarding him three votes of a attainable three every, in a unanimous choice.
Mitchell solely acquired three votes (a two and a one vote).
Sarah Olle, who was on the Norm Smith voting panel, mirrored on her picks.
She lauded Mitchell’s sport altering efficiency, which not solely noticed him accumulate disposals, however extra importantly noticed him minimise 2023 Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale’s affect.
“Tom Mitchell had an unimaginable sport and I did not give him any votes. He ended up with three from the panel,” Olle stated on SEN Radio on Sunday.
“The opposite one was Scott Pendlebury, who ended up with one vote. I believed he was sensational in that remaining time period.
“However on the finish of the day, everybody gave Bobby Hill three votes.
“So the twos and those, it is a good accolade to have 5 or 4 or three votes in opposition to your identify for a Norm Smith.”
Mitchell’s journey to profitable his first premiership was threatened only a week earlier than the Magpies reached the head.
Through the heat up of their preliminary remaining in opposition to the Giants, Mitchell tweaked his again and was afraid of lacking his first sport all season.
“I used to be touch-and-go to take the sector within the final minute there, simply earlier than that sport,” Mitchell instructed AAP.
“I pulled up a bit ginger the following morning and had an injection straight after that.
“That is a part of footy. Everybody’s carrying little accidents and you have simply obtained to discover a strategy to push via it.”
Regardless of the eye he’s receiving for his stellar grand remaining efficiency, Mitchell, who was traded from Hawthorn within the low season, stays humble in victory.
“I simply needed to return in and play my function and play to my strengths,” Mitchell stated.
“Moments like proper now, you by no means assume something like this might ever occur, so it is fairly particular.”
Mitchell, who started his profession at Sydney, earlier than profitable a Brownlow at Hawthorn in 2018, performed each sport of Collingwood’s 2023 season.
Norm Smith Medal votes:
Bobby Hill, Collingwood: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 (15)
Keidean Coleman, Brisbane Lions: 2, 2, 1 (5)
Nick Daicos, Collingwood: 2, 2 (4)
Tom Mitchell, Collingwood: 2, 1 (3)
Jack Crisp, Collingwood: 1, 1 (2)
Scott Pendlebury, Collingwood: 1 (1)
Luke Darcy: Bobby Hill, Nick Daicos, Scott Pendlebury
Eddie Betts: Bobby Hill, Tom Mitchell, Keidean Coleman
Jude Bolton: Bobby Hill, Keidean Coleman, Tom Mitchell
Sarah Olle: Bobby Hill, Keidean Coleman, Jack Crisp
Luke Shuey: Bobby Hill, Nick Daicos, Jack Crisp