Robert Copeland

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Robert Copeland
Copeland at a training session in 2008
Personal information
Full name Robert Copeland
Nickname(s) Bushie
Date of birth (1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 33)
Original team Northern Eagles AFC
Draft 66th selection, 2001 Rookie Draft
Height/Weight 187 cm / 85 kg
Position(s) Half back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2008 Brisbane Lions 143 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.
Career highlights
  • Premiership player: 2001, 2003

Robert Copeland (born 26 May 1981) is a former Australian Football League footballer for the Brisbane Lions and current captain of Aspley Hornet in QAFL . He is a dual premiership winner (2001, 2003) and was delisted in 2008.


Copeland was recruited through the 2001 Rookie Draft (QLD Zone) from the Northern Eagles and was elevated to the Senior list on 10 May that year after Michael Voss was placed on the long-term injury list. He made his debut for the Brisbane Lions in Round 9, 2001 against Adelaide. Copeland was regularly employed in a tagging role. Copeland's tagging job on Collingwood Captain, Nathan Buckley in the 2003 AFL Grand Final was considered a decisive influence in the Brisbane Lions win.

Copeland played 143 games for the Lions, usually as an automatic selection. However in September 2008 Copeland was delisted due to recurrent injuries and inconsistent performance.[1] After being overlooked in the 2008 draft Copeland was chosen to be the inaugural captain for new first division QAFL club Aspley Hornets.[2][3]



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