The Magpies went on to defeat Brisbane by four points to win the premiership, with Collingwood goal sneak Bobby Hill winning the Norm Smith Medal for his four-goal haul.
Despite Hill’s best on ground performance, Cornes said Mitchell’s 24 disposals, seven clearances and a massive 13 tackles added up to the most impressive individual performance on Saturday.
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“I thought Tom Mitchell was a little disrespected in the Norm Smith medal voting,” Cornes said on AFL Trade Radio on Monday.
“He was outstanding.”
Bobby Hill received maximum votes, with the entire panel awarding him three votes of a possible three each, in a unanimous decision.
Mitchell only received three votes (a two and a one vote).
Sarah Olle, who was on the Norm Smith voting panel, reflected on her picks.
She lauded Mitchell’s game changing performance, which not only saw him collect disposals, but more importantly saw him minimise 2023 Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale’s impact.
“Tom Mitchell had an incredible game and I didn’t give him any votes. He ended up with three from the panel,” Olle said on SEN Radio on Sunday.
“The other one was Scott Pendlebury, who ended up with one vote. I thought he was sensational in that final term.
“But at the end of the day, everyone gave Bobby Hill three votes.
“So the twos and the ones, it’s a nice accolade to have five or four or three votes against your name for a Norm Smith.”
Mitchell’s journey to winning his first premiership was threatened just a week before the Magpies reached the pinnacle.
During the warm up of their preliminary final against the Giants, Mitchell tweaked his back and was fearful of missing his first game all season.
“I was touch-and-go to take the field in the last minute there, just before that game,” Mitchell told AAP.
“I pulled up a bit ginger the next morning and had an injection straight after that.
“That’s part of footy. Everyone’s carrying little injuries and you’ve just got to find a way to push through it.”
Despite the attention he is receiving for his stellar grand final performance, Mitchell, who was traded from Hawthorn in the off-season, remains humble in victory.
“I just wanted to come in and play my role and play to my strengths,” Mitchell said.
“Moments like right now, you never think anything like this could ever happen, so it’s pretty special.”
Mitchell, who began his career at Sydney, before winning a Brownlow at Hawthorn in 2018, played every game 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