Graham Cornes OAM

Former Australian Rules footballer, Coach & Media personality

Graham Cornes OAM, is a former Australian Rules footballer, coach and media personality. He has spent a lifetime in AFL football as a successful player and coach, culminating in his admission to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Graham has played 390 games of senior football with Glenelg, South Adelaide, North Melbourne, including 22 games with the SANFL state team.

Graham has won the Tassie Medal, the Simpson Medal, was twice an all-Australian player and twice the all-Australian coach. In his six years as coach of Glenelg, the Tigers played in five grand finals for two premierships in 1985/86.

Graham was the inaugural coach of the Adelaide Crows, taking them to the preliminary final in the club’s third year. As coach, he led the SA state of origin team through its most successful era.

His football career was balanced by a corporate career, in which he was the dealer principal of several successful automobile franchises.

For over 23 years he was a radio broadcaster, the last 18 years of which he co-hosted Australia’s most successful sport, talk radio programme on FIVEAA. It consistently rated number one in the Adelaide market, beating even the most popular syndicated national programmes. He still hosts a popular “Conversations” programme and regularly guests as a sports broadcaster.

Having been drafted under the National Service Act, he also served two years in the Australian Army, which included a tour of duty as an infantry soldier in South Vietnam in 1970. Veteran’s affairs and veteran’s mental health are close to his heart.

In March 2019 he was appointed to the Mental Health Commission’s Community Advisory Committee.

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