Century comes up for Corey
Saturday, 7th May, 2011
Twenty-four-year-old Corey, who played his first senior game back in round three 2002, has enjoyed a highly-decorated career.
After a strong debut season he stamped his mark on league football in 2003 by taking out the best junior and best backmen awards.
He was also named South’s best defender and, to cap it off, was part of the 2003 premiership-winning team and also made the Broken Hill Team of the Year.
The following year, in 2004, he won best junior at South and in 2005 he was part of another premiership winning side.
A great season in 2006 saw him selected again in the team of the year, and in 2007 and 2008, Corey was chosen to represent Broken Hill in the yearly interleague matches.
Season 2008 was turning point with Corey changing from a wiry, rebounding half-backman to a solid centreman.
In a stellar season he won South’s best and fairest award and another selection in the BH Team of the Year.
He continued his move up the ground in 2009 to centre half forward and was a strong contributor in South’s 2009 premiership success.
Last year he took the season off to pursue his physiotherapy qualifications but has returned in 2011 hungry for more team and individual success.
Although he has been a valuable member of South’s team in 2011, Corey said he didn’t feel his output has been up to scratch until last week’s game against North.
“I wasn’t really grabbing (marks) too well but I started taking a few last week,” he said.
“My form has been reasonable I suppose. I’ve been trying my best and that’s all I can ask of myself.”
Corey said his milestone game had crept up on him, adding that he and the club would treat it like any other game.
“To be honest I hadn’t thought too much about it ... then it’s just come along and hit me and I’ve been running with it,” he said.
“I won’t be making a massive fuss over it, and we’ll be concentrating on winning the game rather than blowing up a milestone.”
He listed his three flags and various individual honours as career highlights, while a lucky run with injuries has resulted in his only disappointments being losing grand finals.
Corey has also been a solid contributor off the field, sitting on the South club’s committee and organising various social events.
With the Corey family enjoying a long association with the red and white, the dedicated clubman said getting involved in South’s off-field efforts comes naturally to him.
“It’s bred into me to help out where I can, and just from a love of the club.”