Grand Occasion for 100 Game Cockie

 
It promises to be a memorable Grand Final Day for one of Subiaco’s most popular players as Adam Cockie celebrates his 100th game in Sunday’s decider.
 
It has been a winding journey to 100 games for Cockie with stop-offs with West Coast in the AFL and Sandringham in the VFL, but getting to 100 with Subiaco was always something that he wanted to achieve.
 
A proud indigenous footballer, Cockie will join an exclusive group of indigenous players to play 100 games at the Subiaco Football Club with Sandover Medallist Ali Pickett at the head of that group. Having played alongside Pickett, Cockie understands the significance of his indigenous heritage at the club.
 
“I’d always thought about playing 100 games for the club and it’ll be pretty special to be able to achieve this on such a big day like Grand Final Day,” Cockie said.
 
Cockie commenced his senior career with Subiaco in 2008, having come through the Subiaco Colts program and before that, with local junior club Sorrento-Duncraig. An accomplished junior footballer, Cockie was awarded the 2007 Jack Clarke Medal as the fairest and best player in the WAFL Colts Competition.
 
It was a whirlwind first 12 months in senior football as Cockie played in every game including the 2008 Grand Final as Subiaco defeated Swan Districts to complete a hat-trick of premierships.
 
His strong WAFL form saw him rewarded as a rookie selection in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft for West Coast and over the 2009 and 2010 seasons Cockie went on to play seven games at the highest level.

Cockie played 18 games for Subiaco in 2011 taking his tally to 63 games, before making the decision to relocate to Melbourne in 2012 playing for the next four seasons with Sandringham in the VFL.
 
Cockie returned to Perth in 2016 and said it was an easy choice to come back to the club.
 
“This is the place that I started my football journey, and even though I left, I always considered Subiaco to be home and it was a pretty easy transition coming back to the club,” Cockie said.
 
After a tough start to the 2017 season, where his pre-season was interrupted by surgery, it took Cockie until round eight to work his way back into the senior team. His attitude during this first two months was exemplary though, being Subiaco’s best D-League player in the opening two months and then carrying that forward to have a strong second half of the season at league level.
 
Twice Cockie collected over 30 possessions in a game in 2017 averaging 22 possessions a game. More notable was his tackling pressure averaging nearly six tackles a game and consistently leading the Subiaco team in pressure acts and team play.
 
It is this ability to do the team thing that has made Cockie a fan favourite for many of the club’s supporters and members, with his hard-nosed approach to football and willingness to attack every contest with vigour, ensuring that he is a popular figure at the club.
 
As for the team success, Cockie believes that this all comes down to the great club culture that has been built amongst Subiaco teams.
 
“I have always had a close bond with the Subiaco boys and even though it was a new group of boys when I returned from Sandringham, the culture of the group was still as strong as when I left which I loved,” Cockie said.
 
Away from the football field Cockie has taken on a rewarding role in helping to develop the next generation of indigenous footballers as a community engagement officer. Being able to impact and be a positive role model for young men is something that is inherently important to Cockie.
 
On the verge of game number 100, Cockie credits his success as a footballer down to his family.
 
“The whole family has supported me throughout my whole career,” Cockie said.
 
“They were pretty excited when I came back to Subi and its great to be back close to them. It would be great to celebrate game number 100 with the family topping it off with a premiership medallion.”
 
Playing game 100 on a special day is fitting for a special player like Cockie and one thing is for sure come Sunday evening, win or lose, Cockie will have given his all for the maroon and gold; and his Peel opponents will have known it.

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