Adam Cooney

Adam Cooney (born 30 September 1985) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Western Bulldogs and Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He won the Brownlow Medal in 2008, with 24 votes becoming the tenth Western Bulldogs player to win the award.

Adam Cooney
Personal information
Full name Adam Cooney
Date of birth (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 1 (PP), 2003 National Draft
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Forward / Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20042014 Western Bulldogs 219 (186)
20152016 Essendon 031 0(16)
Total 250 (202)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Cooney attended Flagstaff Hill R-7 Schools, Blackwood High School and later Aberfoyle Park High School and played for the Flagstaff Hill Football Club.[1]

AFL career

Cooney was recruited from West Adelaide in the SANFL to the Western Bulldogs with the number one pick in the 2003 National Draft as a priority pick. He 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.

In October 2014, Cooney was traded to Essendon.

In August 2016, Cooney announced he would retire after the round 22 match against Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.[4][5]

Personal life

On 24 October 2009, Cooney married Haylea McCann.[6] He proposed to her with a burger ring.



 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2004 Western Bulldogs 1719111211910522444300.
2005 Western Bulldogs 1722211323619843493561.00.610.
2006 Western Bulldogs 17243019242216458128601.30.810.
2007 Western Bulldogs 17222821262207469112791.
2008 Western Bulldogs 172523631132663798650.90.212.413.
2009 Western Bulldogs 1723141527734061781580.60.712.014.826.83.52.53
2010 Western Bulldogs 172091226325251579600.50.613.212.625.84.03.08
2011 Western Bulldogs 17139815612928538400.70.612.09.921.92.93.12
2012 Western Bulldogs 17149616213129338370.60.411.69.420.92.72.63
2013 Western Bulldogs 1719191126422148582441.00.613.911.625.54.32.37
2014 Western Bulldogs 171813619016435467590.70.310.
2015 Essendon 13111041236418733250.90.411.25.817.03.02.30
2016 Essendon 1720614259198457116570.30.713.09.922.85.82.84
Career 250 202 147 2864 2551 5415 1009 670 0.8 0.6 11.5 10.2 21.7 4.0 2.7 86

Honours and achievements


  1. "2003 Draft Full List". 25 November 2003. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  2. "Cooney a shock Brownlow winner". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  3. "Mum...a non-believer". AAP. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  4. Lerner, Ronny (16 August 2016). "Essendon Bombers veteran Adam Cooney announces his retirement". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. Navaratnam, Dinny (25 August 2016). "Cooney officially done, number of others set to call it quits". Bigpond. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. Moo, Kathpin (24 October 2009). "Adam Cooney marries childhood sweetheart, Haylea MacCann". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  7. "Adam Cooney". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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