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192 cm
88 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Glenorchy
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 9 2009
Recruited from: Tasmania U18 (TAS)
Brownlow Votes: -


Aaron Cornelius was recruited from Tasmania as a promising forward who is strong on the lead and has very clean hands. He reads the play very well and looks to be an exciting key forward prospect for the Lions' future.


• Cornelius represented Tasmania in basketball as a junior before focussing on his football career with local club Glenorchy.

• He burst onto the scene in the U16’s and was selected to be part of the esteemed AIS/AFL Academy.

• He was considered to have the ‘best pair of hands for his age in Australia’ when he was first selected to represent Tasmania in the 2007 U18 Championships.

• He earned All-Australian honours as a bottom aged player at the 2007 junior carnival and became widely touted a future star of the AFL. Despite his rapidly rising profile, his age restricted him from entering the 2007 National Draft.

• He joined the Tassie Mariners VFL side in 2008 and his form seemed to tread water as he experienced senior football for the first time. He still played a total of 12 matches with the Devils and kicked 19 goals – including a bag of four goals against Casey on ANZAC Day.

• He went on to captain Tasmania’s side in the 2008 U18 Championships and stamped himself as a class act with a number of impressive performances.

• Despite being widely touted among the top 30 young prospects in the country, Cornelius lasted until the fourth round of the 2008 National Draft and the Lions had no hesitation in selecting him with their pick No.57.

Season by season

Season by season

• Cornelius was one of the standouts in the Lions' pre-season, leading the goal-kicking throughout the Club's NAB Cup premiership campaign. A match-winning five goal haul against GWS Giants in Wagga Wagga was particularly eye-catching. 

• Despite being well held in the side's NAB Cup Grand Final triumph, he retained his spot in the senior side for Round 1. However, another quiet performance in a big defeat against the Bulldogs saw him dropped from the senior side.  

• He went on to play just three senior matches for the season - none after Round 6 - taking his career tally to 25 after five seasons. 

• Although he wasn't afforded many senior opportunities, Cornelius was a significant contributor for the Lions Reserves in the NEAFL, and co-captained the young side towards a second consecutive State League title.  

• He proved the difference up forward for the Reserves in their Northern Conference Grand Final win over Aspley, booting a game-high six goals, and was prominent again the following week as the Lions defeated Sydney for the Cross-Conference Championship.

• Cornelius spent the opening three weeks of the AFL season with the Reserves side, with the Club opting to play regular full-back as a key forward in 2012.

• His opportunity came in Round 4 when the Lions looked for more avenues to goal. And Cornelius didn’t disappoint, taking 10 marks and booting four goals three against the Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba. He was clearly the game’s best forward and would have been among the top handful of players vying for the Marcus Ashcroft Medal (which was awarded to Tom Rockliff).

• After kicking just one goal from his next two matches, Cornelius was again sent back to the NEAFL.

• He returned in Round 9 and delivered another four-goal performance, this time against the Kangaroos in Melbourne, but his see-sawing form saw him play just a further four matches for the season.

• Cornelius spent the final two months of the season in the NEAFL, where he shone in front of the big sticks - finishing as the Lions Reserves’ leading goal-kicker. 

• He was the Reserves’ main spearhead as they broke an 11-year drought to claim their first State League title against reigning champs NT Thunder. Cornelius was also among the 10 listed Lions players who then took out the NEAFL Inter-Conference Championship against Queanbeyan the following Saturday – making it two Premierships in consecutive weeks.  

• Cornelius was presented with an early opportunity to play senior football in the first month of 2011 after a long-term injury to Captain Jonathan Brown left the Lions with a void up forward.

• But after totalling just nine disposals and zero goals across two games between Rounds 4-5, he returned to the Lions Reserves to gain some confidence.

• After being initially trialled down back, Cornelius proved that full-forward was his primary position by kicking regular bags of goals and providing headaches for the NEAFL.

• In fact, he rocketed up to second on the NEAFL goal-kicking list after booting 16 goals from three games.

• His form became too hard to ignore, and he was eventually recalled to the senior team for the final six matches, which produced a total of 10 goals - including a career-best haul of four goals against Adelaide in Round 20.

• He finished 2011 with a career-best return of eight AFL games and 10 goals, and still managed to place 5th overall on the NEAFL goal-kicking leaderboard with 46 goals with the Lions Reserves.

• Cornelius was regularly among the Lions Reserves' best players in 2010.

• He booted 11 goals from his first four games in the Reserves, including five in Round 4 in the Lions’ win over the Western Magpies.

• He was also instrumental in the Lions’ win over Aspley in Round 9, kicking six goals in a gamebreaking performance.

• Cornelius was rewarded for his consistent efforts in the Reserves with a call-up to the senior side in Round 13, and played a total of five games for the seniors in 2010 after continuing to display outstanding form in the Reserves.


• The big Tasmanian forward completed his first AFL pre-season and was rewarded with selection in the Club's opening NAB Cup match against St Kilda at Gold Coast Stadium.

• However, he couldn't quite find a spot in the senior side at the start of the regular season as he was in direct competition for a role in the forward line with Captain Jonathan Brown and sharpshooter Daniel Bradshaw.

• He showed plenty of promise with the Reserves side as a forward before being trialled as a potential key defender. 

• His apprenticeship in defence earned him his first senior call-up in Round 9 against St Kilda when the Lions lost key backmen Daniel Merrett and Joel Patfull through injury. After a tough battle with Justin Koschitzke in the opening half, Cornelius moved forward and finished with two goals.

• He returned to the AFLQ the following week and played out the remainder of the season with the Reserves.

• He played predominantly forward during the second half of the season and kicked regular bags of goals as the Lions Reserves' focal point in attack. Cornelius' strong hands in marking contests were certainly a feature of his game.



By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 5.8
    • Handballs 2.6
    • Disposals 8.3
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 1.4
    • AFL Fantasy 48.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 4, 2012
Handballs 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2012
Disposals 14 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2012
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 4, 2012
Hit-outs 2 Sydney Swans Rd 24, 2011
Tackles 5 West Coast Eagles Rd 23, 2011
Goals 4 North Melbourne Rd 9, 2012
AFL Fantasy 110 Gold Coast Suns Rd 4, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Brisbane Lions: 22 games, 32 goals


Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2012, 2013

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player

Other Awards

AIS/AFL Academy Graduate

All Australian U18

Tasmanian U18 Representative
2007, 2008