Adam Cooney

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Adam Cooney
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Personal information
Full name Adam Cooney
Date of birth (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 29)
Original team West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #1 (PP), 2003 National Draft
Height/Weight 186 cm / 87 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 13
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–2014
2015-
Western Bulldogs
Essendon
219 (186)
00000(0)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Adam Cooney (born 30 September 1985) is a professional Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. Formerly playing for the Western Bulldogs, he was traded to the Essendon Football Club after the 2014 season. He won the 2008 Brownlow Medal with 24 votes, becoming the 10th Western Bulldogs player to win the award.

Early life[edit]

Cooney attended Aberfoyle Park High School and played for the Flagstaff Hill Football Club.[1] He was recruited from West Adelaide in the SANFL, with the number one pick overall in the 2003 National Draft as a priority pick.

AFL career[edit]

Cooney is a pacey player who can kick goals on the run from outside the 50-metre arc as well as snap kicks near the goal posts. He had a vastly improved 2005 season: he played every game, averaged 20 possessions a game and kicked 21 goals. He was ranked second for clearances in the Bulldogs' team.

Cooney progressed to the elite of the competition, four seasons after being selected as the number one draft pick. His threat as a goalkicking midfielder grew as he pushed into the upper bracket of ball winners, while maintaining his average of more than a goal per game and also directly assisting in many scores.

Cooney was rewarded for a strong 2008 season by winning the Brownlow Medal. He polled 24 votes, beating Brisbane Lions midfielder Simon Black by one vote.[2] Cooney is the first No. 1 draft pick (and the first player taken as a priority draft pick) to win the award.[3]

In 2009, he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, brushing off tacklers including a bull in a bullfighting ring.

On 16 October 2014, Cooney was traded to the Essendon Football Club with pick 37 sent to the Western Bulldogs.

Personal life[edit]

On 24 October 2009, Cooney married Haylea McCann.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2004 Western Bulldogs 17 19 11 12 119 105 224 44 30 0.6 0.6 6.3 5.5 11.8 2.3 1.6
2005 Western Bulldogs 17 22 21 13 236 198 434 93 56 1.0 0.6 10.7 9.0 19.7 4.2 2.5
2006 Western Bulldogs 17 24 30 19 242 216 458 128 60 1.3 0.8 10.1 9.0 19.1 5.3 2.5
2007 Western Bulldogs 17 22 28 21 262 207 469 112 79 1.3 1.0 11.9 9.4 21.3 5.1 3.6
2008 Western Bulldogs 17 25 23 6 311 326 637 98 65 0.9 0.2 12.4 13.0 25.5 3.9 2.6
2009 Western Bulldogs 17 23 14 15 277 340 617 81 58 0.6 0.7 12.0 14.8 26.8 3.5 2.5
2010 Western Bulldogs 17 20 9 12 263 252 515 79 60 0.5 0.6 13.2 12.6 25.8 4.0 3.0
2011 Western Bulldogs 17 13 9 8 156 129 285 38 40 0.7 0.6 12.0 9.9 21.9 2.9 3.1
2012 Western Bulldogs 17 14 9 6 162 131 293 38 37 0.6 0.4 11.6 9.4 20.9 2.7 2.6
2013 Western Bulldogs 17 19 19 11 264 221 485 82 44 1.0 0.6 13.9 11.6 25.5 4.3 2.3
2014 Western Bulldogs 17 18 13 6 190 164 354 67 59 0.7 0.3 10.6 9.1 19.7 3.7 3.3
Career 219 186 129 2482 2289 4771 860 588 0.8 0.6 11.3 10.5 21.8 3.9 2.7

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2004 3
2005 12
2006 4
2007 9
2008 24
2009 3
2010 8
2011 2
2012 3
2013 7
2014 7
Total 82
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 Draft Full List". AFL.com.au. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Cooney a shock Brownlow winner". FoxSports.com.au. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Mum...a non-believer". AAP. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  4. ^ Moo, Kathpin (24 October 2009). "Adam Cooney marries childhood sweetheart, Haylea MacCann". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Adam Cooney's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brendon Goddard
Number one overall pick in AFL draft
2003
Succeeded by
Brett Deledio
Preceded by
Jimmy Bartel
Brownlow Medal
2008
Succeeded by
Gary Ablett, Jr.