Can’t find it now, wish I could but basically, I’d like to introduce someone today who is that type, a man’s man, the type enormously popular with men and perhaps a bit less so with women.
Joel Corey is not a name you’ve probably ever heard [the man with two first names they called “Smithy” to give him a surname]. And he’s fine with you never hearing of him – he nourishes obscurity. Here are some of the things said of him, as he doesn’t do any saying himself:
There is an old axiom that doubles as a warning: it’s the quiet ones you need to be wary of. When the squeaky wheel gets the most oil, it’s the silent one that’s just going about its business.
When it comes to quiet ones going about their business with the most minimal fanfare, Joel Corey might be the ultimate silent achiever, a footballer who has done it all and earned the full respect of his peers.
For a man who has won about every club award and has three premiership notches on his belt, he’s the engine room of the team, the one in the middle doing the hard things. Yet so self-effacing:
You can tell the quality of a person by the types of people who praise him and the types of people who detest him. In that clip just now was a eulogy of Corey by a guy called David Wojcinski. To get an idea of the latter, have a look at this:
Wojo is spectacular, of course but unsurprisingly, there’s far less footage of Corey available. Here’s his trademark, as a midfielder/halfback:
… but he can do the striker act on occasions when he sets his mind to it:
He’s not exactly a thug, far from it, Joel Corey but when he tackles, the guy tackled stays tackled. When he himself is tackled, he tends to stand still, turn around and look for someone to pass to. He prefers to do his talking on the field.
The opposition manager of one of the top three sides said prior to the game yesterday that he’d prefer it wasn’t Joel Corey’s 250th. He knew that the whole team would lift out of respect for this man … and they did.
Out-and-out champions scramble to add accolades:
Cameron Ling, the now retired Geelong 2011 Premiership captain, rates Corey his favourite all-time player when speaking of the club’s golden era: “And it is because of people like Joel Corey and Corey Enright, who didn’t want to be seen as superstars or to be the highest paid players at the club. They have been happy to remain in the background.”
All the assessments say the same type of thing.