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Joel Cornelius, A modern day record breaker joins the Swans Hall of Fame

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 9:35 AM by Matthew Ogg

Who could have thought that a player who was dropped back to the reserves side after just two games with the seniors, would go on to hold the current all-time consecutive WAFL League games played record during their career.

A country boy hailing from the South Bunbury Football Club, Joel Cornelius made his debut in the black and white in 1995.

Beginning his career at the Swans in the reserves side, Cornelius pushed up to play two games with the top side before finding himself back in the reserves. This wouldn’t last long and just a couple of weeks later, the beginning of his record-breaking 219 consecutive league games would begin.

A competitive and relentless defender, he spent most his career switching between the backline and midfield.

He won back to back Swan Medals in 1998 and 1999 in tough years that saw the club slip out of finals contention.

His captaincy came under the reign of John Todd and Steven Turner during 2002-2005, to be the equal-third longest serving captain of the club and becoming a Life Member during his tenure.

Please join us in congratulating Joel on his well-deserved Swan Districts Hall of Fame induction.