10 questions with ... Demon Lily Mithen

What's your nickname?

People always try and get 'Mitho' off the ground. They started it in my first year at Melbourne (in 2017), but at the time we had 'Miffo' (Alyssa Mifsud) and 'Cliffo' (Mia-Rae Clifford), so 'Mitho' was never going to take off. I also hated it and there were too many similar names. 'Lil' is common and makes sense. My little niece calls me 'Yee-Yee', which Mick Stinear is trying to get off the ground, but I'm not sure how easy that will be to call out during a game. 

Whose number did you wear on your back as a kid?

Definitely had number 12 on my Richmond jumper, for Matthew Richardson. I thought I was going to be like him, play out of the square, kick heaps of goals. I did have lots of fun screaming "RIIIIIIIIIICHO" from the stands at every home game at the MCG. 

What hobbies did you pick up during isolation/lockdown?

Lots of walking. I live in Elwood, so having the beach nearby was a bit of a saviour. I didn't do much, to be honest, it was just about keeping a routine. I tried to do a bit more yoga and core strength exercises, which was something to do and somewhat beneficial for footy. I got a real estate course ticked off during isolation, which was good. Maybe a bit of bar-tending too, my cocktail game got a bit of a workout on Saturday nights.

What's your most-used phone app, excluding social media?

Realestate.com. I'm obsessed with property, I like to see what comes on the market and I'm a bit of a sticky-beak, so I'm interested in what's showing, how much it's going for, it's been a bit of an obsession of mine since I was about 14. If anyone needs someone to search for something, hit me up.

Which teammate would go far in MasterChef?

Definitely not Tegan Cunningham. I'd like to think Sarah Lampard, because she lives in a house with two kitchens, and I'd like to think she's learnt how to multi-task and use multiple ovens. It was originally built for Jewish owners who needed a kosher kitchen, but she's just renting it. 

If you could be any AFLW player for a day, who would you be and why?

I would probably be Lauren Pearce, she doesn't seem to have had a job for about 18 months and she's just living her best life. I don't know how she's not bored, but to live her life for a day would mean some nice time off. 

Worst teammate on social media?

At the moment, it's Daisy Pearce. She's plugging this cleaning company and giving everyone discount codes to cleaning products. Nappies as well, I get it, she's a mum now, but how many of your audience would be buying them?

Daisy Pearce and Lily Mithen celebrate a win in 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

Which songs are on your pre-game playlist?

Bit of old-school Kanye never goes astray. It's pretty generic, I'll even just Spotify a random "game pump-up" playlist and just laugh at the random tunes that pop up. I don't usually use music to hype me up too much, I get a bit too carried away with music. I'm full of energy as it is, and I don't need rap music or pump-up music to get me going.

Who is the coach's pet and why?

I had to answer this question the other day, and I literally could not think of anyone, which makes me think it could potentially be me. Mick treats everyone very equally. 

Mick Stinear talks to his playing group ahead of the 2020 season. Picture: AFL Photos

What's one thing most people wouldn't know about you?

I grew up on a horse farm, breeding thoroughbreds, but I never got into riding. I grew up looking at horses out of my bedroom window and I have no idea how to ride, the only times I would have ridden would have been on school camps.