Robert Copeland

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

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
Original team(s) Northern Eagles AFC
Draft 66th selection, 2001 Rookie Draft
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Half back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2008 Brisbane Lions 143 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
  • Premiership player: 2001, 2003
Sources: AFL Tables,


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]


 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 Brisbane Lions 301774932712037260.
2002 Brisbane Lions 301733743611025320.
2003 Brisbane Lions 3018321436120463490.
2004 Brisbane Lions 3025231799327280660.
2005 Brisbane Lions 301540885414231590.
2006 Brisbane Lions 3017101348521965380.
2007 Brisbane Lions 302115101409423470490.
2008 Brisbane Lions 301343685712534390.
Career 143 39 25 919 507 1426 405 358 0.3 0.2 6.4 3.5 10.0 2.8 2.5



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