Chad Cornes : biography
Chad Studley Cornes (born 12 November 1979) is an Australian rules footballer, who plays for Greater Western Sydney in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was a member of the Port Adelaide side which won the premiership in 2004. On July 3, 2013 Cornes called it a day retiring from AFL football for good because of a troublesome knee. Cornes continues to his role as assistant coach of Greater Western Sydney
In addition to his brother Kane Cornes, his father, Graham Cornes, is also a former AFL/SANFL footballer, playing 317 games for Glenelg with a career spanning from 1967 to 1982. Graham also coached various AFL/SANFL teams between 1983 and 1994. His stepmother Nicole Cornes was a 2007 Labour candidate.
Honours and achievements
- AFL Premiership (Port Adelaide): 2004
- AFL McClelland Trophy (Port Adelaide): 2002, 2003, 2004
- AFL Pre Season Cup (Port Adelaide): 2001, 2002
- 3rd Brownlow Medal 2004
- All-Australian: 2004, 2007
- AFL Norwich Rising Star Nomination: 2000
- Port Adelaide F.C. Vice Captain: 2006–2008
- Port Adelaide F.C. Most Improved Player: 2002
- Port Adelaide F.C. Best Finals Player: 2005
- West End Showdown Medal XXI: 2006
Port Adelaide career (1999–2011)
Early career (1999–2003)
Cornes began his AFL career as a key-forward and after playing only 6 games in 1999, was a regular in the Power forward line in 2000, booting 22 goals. Between 2000 and 2003 Cornes and Tredrea formed one of the best forward partnerships in the AFL, with Chad playing up the ground demonstrating his great contested marking ability. Despite being one of the best forwards in the game, Cornes was moved into defence at the start of the 2004 season.
Career change (2004–2005)
In 2004, Cornes was moved to centre-half back. The new position worked wonders as Cornes began to single-handedly dominate games, earning himself his first All-Australian award, and finishing third in the Brownlow medal. The move to centre-half back was a key reason for Port Adelaide's dominance, which culminated in their first Premiership in 2004, defeating the Brisbane Lions by 40 points. He had a key defensive role on Brisbane Lions' forward Jonathan Brown during the Grand Final, restricting him to just one behind for the match.
After Port Adelaide's dominance in 2004, Cornes was again used as a key defender to great effect. However, Port Adelaide was unable to repeat its finals' glory of 2004, being eliminated by cross town rivals Adelaide in the first semi-final.
The 2006 was a disappointing one for Port Adelaide, and one which frustrated Cornes in particular. The season never really took off, and with Cornes now being a senior player, he was moved in to the midfield to help the younger players. This move paid off as he dominated matches, which was a huge positive for the Power in an otherwise disappointing campaign. Cornes won the Showdown Medal in round 21.
In 2007, Cornes was a key midfielder and has a largely impressive season. Cornes finished the 2007 season with 643 disposals, and led the competition in kicks, and went in to the Brownlow medal count as one of the favourites. The great form of Cornes in midfield was crucial to the side making the AFL Grand Final, which was a huge surprise to most, including Cornes. Despite not expecting to have a good season, when they did make the Grand Final the belief appeared to be strong but they were unable to win their second flag, going down to Geelong in the most one-sided Grand Final in history.
Port looked to bounce back from their Grand Final humliation of the previous year when they took on Geelong in the opening round of 2008. Despite being close throughout the match, they were unable to win and that was the start of a four game losing streak for the Power. Cornes suffered a broken finger in Round 6 against the Saints but returned just three weeks later despite the nature of the break being very severe. After 2 years with on and off form, Cornes broke his finger again in mid-2010.
End of Port Adelaide career (2011)
Despite having to stay on the sidelines for the rest of the year, he played on in 2011. In August 2011 he announced that he would be retiring from the AFL after the following week's match against Collingwood
Greater Western Sydney career (2012–present)
Cornes came out of retirement, and was traded to the Giants during the 2011 October Trade Week. He is a playing assistant coach. On July 3rd 2013 Cornes retired from AFL football.
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