Kane Cornes

Kane Graham Cornes (born 5 January 1983) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Kane Cornes
Cornes in August 2011
Personal information
Full name Kane Graham Cornes
Date of birth (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983
Original team(s) Glenelg (SANFL)
Draft No. 20, 2000 National Draft
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2015 Port Adelaide 300 (93)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

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 Federal Labor candidate Nicole Cornes. They have three younger half-sisters paternally.

AFL career

In 2001 and 2002, Cornes played in Port Adelaide's two pre-season competition winning teams.

Then in 2004, the team made the step up, and Cornes was in the team that won the 2004 AFL premiership, Port Adelaide's first in the AFL. 2004, Cornes' fourth season in the competition, saw him cement his position in the midfield, averaging 20 disposals a game.

Cornes 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, Cornes won All Australian selection for the second time in a team otherwise 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.

In 2010, Cornes took out his third John Cahill Medal and confirmed his reputation as the club's most consistent player through a new attacking role that went beyond his previous role of merely tagging the opposition's best players. His 36-possession, 2-goal game against the Western Bulldogs in Round 16 of that year 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 took him further away from his traditional tagging duties. Before 2011, Cornes had not missed a single game since 2003. But round 4, 2011 saw his streak of 174 consecutive games come to an end when he was omitted from the side.[1] 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 still managed to play 17 games out of a possible 23, despite spending time back at the SANFL Tigers, and was serviceable in his ball-winning ability.

Cornes made 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. He once 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 his 250th game in Round 5 of 2013, 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, taking the Power to a 5–0 start to the season. Shortly after, Cornes passed Warren Tredrea's record of 258 games to become the man who has played the most games for Port Adelaide in the AFL, in a match where Port thrashed Greater Western Sydney at Skoda Stadium, 19.11 (125) to 6.14 (50). Cornes has played a vital role under Ken Hinkley in reinventing Port Adelaide and getting the team back into finals in 2013, and helping the Power to their best ever start to an AFL season in 2014, starting 10–1, before eventually losing the 2014 preliminary final to Hawthorn, the eventual premiers, by three points.

Cornes' 2015 season was short. He played the first two games of the season before being rested in round three. He then played a further three games to take his career tally to 298 before announcing that the round 8 game against Richmond would be his 300th and last to join the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.[2] He finished his Port Adelaide career having played a total of 300 games, winning 4 best and fairest, two All Australian guernseys and a premiership.

Media career

Cornes took up a full time media career in 2016 after leaving the South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service, where he had been trying to do both, with appearances on The Sunday Footy Show and 1116 SEN, as well as writing for The Advertiser.[3][4] He is known for his critical and divisive views including an on-going feud with Adelaide Crows player Taylor Walker.[5]

Personal life

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

Cornes was a member of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service,[2] while also trying to balance working in the media before leaving to take up a solely media based position. He has also provided part-time coaching work at the Glenelg Football Club.

Cornes is an accomplished distance runner having finished in the top 30 of the Melbourne Marathon and Gold Coast Marathon.[6][7]

Playing statistics

 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
Totals Averages (per game)
2001 Port Adelaide 397144734812080.
2002 Port Adelaide 1815341365419040390.
2003 Port Adelaide 182212101958628188510.
2004 Port Adelaide 18251210302197499131570.50.412.17.920.05.22.3
2005 Port Adelaide 18241810338252590135580.80.414.110.524.65.62.4
2006 Port Adelaide 1822711344253597145730.30.515.611.527.16.63.3
2007 Port Adelaide 1825119360336696170940.40.414.413.427.86.83.8
2008 Port Adelaide 182254268345613128790.
2009 Port Adelaide 182274286310596106760.
2010 Port Adelaide 1822442713356061031030.20.212.315.
2011 Port Adelaide 18171118019437470580.10.110.611.422.04.13.4
2012 Port Adelaide 182256282278560124640.20.312.812.625.55.62.9
2013 Port Adelaide 1823543412896301271070.20.214.812.627.45.54.7
2014 Port Adelaide 1825153282796071321110.
2015 Port Adelaide 18710746614037250.
Career 300 93 86 3752 3308 7060 1556 1003 0.3 0.3 12.5 11.0 23.5 5.2 3.3


  1. Agius, Matthew (14 May 2015). "Kane Cornes to retire after becoming Power's first 300-gamer". portadelaide.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. "Kane Cornes news from SEN 1116". www.sen.com.au. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. "AFL Opinion | The Advertiser". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. "AFL 2019: Taylor Walker v Kane Cornes feud, fireman career joke, history of feud between Adelaide captain, Power champion". Fox Sports. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. "(#13) Kane Cornes - MEDIBANK MELBOURNE MARATHON - Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival (2018)". MultiSport Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. "(#18) Kane CORNES - MEDIBANK MELBOURNE MARATHON - Melbourne Marathon (2017)". MultiSport Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. "Kane Cornes". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
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