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 28)
Original team West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #1 (PP), 2003 National Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height/Weight 186cm / 87kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 17
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004– Western Bulldogs 209 (178)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 8, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Adam Cooney (born 30 September 1985) is an Australian rules footballer, playing for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. Cooney, recruited from West Adelaide in the SANFL, won the 2008 Brownlow Medal with 24 votes becoming the 10th Footscray/Western Bulldog player to win the AFL's highest individual honor.

He attended Aberfoyle Park High School and played for the Flagstaff Hill Football Club.[1]

As a solid midfielder, he was picked up as the number one draft pick in 2003 AFL Draft as a priority pick. When he debuted on the scene in 2004 his hairstyle became his trademark, his long golden locks instantly recognisable and sometimes taken advantage of by the opposition.

He has explosive pace and loves kicking goals whether from outside 50 on the run or a snap near the goals. Cooney 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 is progressing to the elite of the competition after four seasons since being the number one draft pick. His threat as a goalkicking midfielder is growing as he pushes 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 has the capacity to be an explosive stoppage player and has been remarkably durable in recent times, playing every game in the past three seasons.

Cooney was rewarded for a fantastic 2008 season by winning the Brownlow Medal. Cooney polled 24 votes, beating Brisbane Lions midfielder Simon Black by one vote.[2] Cooney is the first number 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 24 October 2009, Adam Cooney married Haylea McCann.[4]

Statistics[edit]

[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

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 12 8 5 139 115 254 45 47 0.7 0.4 11.6 9.6 21.2 3.8 3.9
Career 213 181 128 2431 2240 4671 838 576 0.8 0.6 11.4 10.5 21.9 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
Total 75
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.