Kane Cornes

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Kane Cornes
Personal information
Full name Kane Graham Cornes
Date of birth (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 31)
Original team Glenelg (SANFL)
Draft #20, 2000 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height/Weight 183cm / 81kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001– Port Adelaide 279 (91)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 12, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Kane Graham Cornes (born 5 January 1983) is an Australian rules football player who plays for Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

A product of Sacred Heart College and Glenelg in the SANFL, he made his AFL debut in 2001 after being selected with pick 20 in the 2000 AFL Draft. Prior to his professional football career he attended Sacred Heart College, which is one of the most prolific schools in Australia in terms of producing Australian Rules footballers. His All Australian brother Chad Cornes also attended Sacred Heart College and played for Glenelg in the SANFL. They are the sons of South Australian football identity Graham Cornes and stepsons of 2007 Labor candidate Nicole Cornes.

AFL career[edit]

Port Adelaide career (2001–present)[edit]

In 2001 and 2002, he played in Port Adelaide's two pre season competition winning teams, and then in 2004, the team made the step up, and Kane was in the team that won the 2004 AFL premiership, Port Adelaide's first in the AFL. He continued his good form into 2005 becoming All Australian, and in 2006 played his 100th game for the club in round 7, and topped the AFL Dreamteam competition, despite his team Port Adelaide having a bad year.

In 2007 Kane once again continued his good form, winning All Australian selection for the second time, in a team dominated by Geelong players. He was also the leading possession winner in the AFL, received the most Brownlow votes for the year for Port Adelaide, and won their best and fairest the John Cahill Medal ahead of brother Chad.

2004 was his fourth season in the competition, and he cemented his spot in the midfield averaging 20 disposals a game. Since then it has been all up hill for Kane where he took his 2005 average disposals to 24.6 and has averaged a solid 27 disposals a game since. Kane rarely misses a game with injury and hasn't missed since 2003 until round 4, 2011, where he was omitted ending a streak of 174 consecutive games.[1]

In 2010 Cornes took out his third John Cahill Medal and cemented his place as the club’s Mr Consistent through a new attacking role that went beyond that of merely tagging the opposition’s best players. His 36 possession, 2 goal game against the Western Bulldogs in Round 16 was a highlight in addition to a 38 possession effort against West Coast late in the year.Instrumental in the Power’s late season fortunes, he was well-deserving of his third best and fairest merit and highlighted his durability as a mainstay of the Port Adelaide engine room.

In 2011 Cornes had a difficult season by his standards as he adjusted to a new role which went away from his traditional tagging duties. Playing more on the wing and across halfback, he was sent back to Glenelg in the SANFL with a view to adapting better to the coaching panel’s new expectations. He played 17 games out of a possible 23 despite spending time back at the SANFL Tigers and was serviceable in his ball-winning ability.

Cornes had an impressive return to form in 2012 – playing every game – and playing an exceptional season as a setup midfielder. He won his fourth John Cahill Medal on the back of his season and polled again in the Brownlow Medal votes. As the club’s Mr Consistency he again topped the disposals count for the season. Cornes received high praise for returning to his acclaimed tagging football with top performances on midfield heavyweights Brent Harvey (North Melbourne) and Gary Ablett (Gold Coast).

Cornes reached new heights at the start of the 2013 season, reaching his 250th game against in Round 5, where Port Adelaide came from 41-points down to win 12.12 (84) to 10.19 (79) at AAMI Stadium against the West Coast Eagles. Making the Power have a 5-0 start to the season. He also took over the previous games record holder of Warren Tredrea at 258 games. having another win 19.11 (125) against Greater Western Sydney at Skoda who scored 6.14 (50) for the match. Kane Cornes has played a vital role under Ken Hinkley in reinventing Port Adelaide back to finals in 2013 and helping the Power to the best ever start to an AFL season in 2014, starting 10-1.

Personal Life[edit]

On December 31, 2004, Kane married long-time girlfriend who he met at Sacred Heart, Lucy Cornes. The two have three children together, Eddy Jack (2006), Raphael William (2008), Sonny (2009).


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Preceded by
Brendon Lade
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Warren Tredrea
Preceded by
Warren Tredrea
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Travis Boak, Jackson Trengove
Preceded by
Travis Boak, Jackson Trengove
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Chad Wingard