Joel Corey (born 17 February 1982) is an Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A midfielder, 1.90 metres (6 ft 3 in) tall and weighing 87 kilograms (192 lb), Corey is able to contribute inside or outside while on the ball.
Corey is a dual Carji Greeves Medallist, two-time All-Australian, and was part of Geelong's AFL premiership-winning teams in 2007, 2009 and 2011. He has also been selected in the Dream Team, a representative Australian rules football team that contested in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, as well as being selected to represent Australia in International rules football.
Corey was drafted with Geelong's 8th pick in the 1999 draft as a 17 year old. He has since built a reputation as a tall, consistent, hard-running midfielder with an uncanny ability at clearing the ball from tight, pack situations. Corey is an important cog in the Geelong midfield, and if needed can play a defensive role within the team. Though he often goes unnoticed, Corey consistently gets the job done and because he has such a star-studded midfield around him he does not have the burden of getting the number one tag each week.
Highlights of his career to date include a 2005 Carji Greeves Medal victory, selection in the Australian International Rules team of 2004, and selection as an All-Australian in 2007 and 2008. Corey played an integral part in Geelong's record breaking 2007 Grand Final win. He is a part of the six-man leadership group at Geelong.
Honours and achievements
AFL AFL Premiership Player (2007, 2009, 2011) 2-time All-Australian (2007, 2008) AFL Pre-Season Premiership Player (2006) International Rules Series Representative (2004) Western Australia State of Origin (2005, 2006, 2007) Geelong Football Club Geelong Best and Fairest Winner (2005, 2008) Geelong Football Club Coach's Award (2005) Geelong Football Club Most Determined & Most Dedicated Player Award (2002)
U18 Juniors All Australian U/18 (1999) Western Australia U/18 (1999) Ron Barassi Medalist (1999) U17 International Rules (1999)
Milestones AFL debut: Round 17, 2000 (vs. Richmond) at the Telstra Dome (Geelong lost by 24 points) Finals debut: Elimination final, 2000 (vs. Hawthorn) at the Telstra Dome (Geelong lost by 9 points) 50th game: Round 11, 2003 (vs. Carlton) at the Telstra Dome (Geelong won by 40 points) 100th game: Round 20, 2005 (vs. Melbourne) at Skilled Stadium (Geelong lost by 1 point) 150th game: Preliminary final, 2007 (vs. Collingwood) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Geelong won by 5 points) 200th game: Round 1, 2010 (vs. Essendon) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Geelong won by 31 points)