Guy McKenna

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Guy McKenna
Personal information
Full name Guy Lindsay McKenna
Nickname(s) Bluey
Date of birth (1969-05-11) 11 May 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Carine JFC
Height/Weight 184 cm / 88 kg
Position(s) Half-back flanker
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985–87; 1992
1988–2000
Claremont
West Coast
49 (5)
267 (28)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1987–1997 Western Australia 5 (1)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2003
2011–
Claremont
Gold Coast
21 (12–9–0)
66 (14–52–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Guy Lindsay McKenna (born 11 May 1969) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. He is the current coach of the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). McKenna also played 267 games for the West Coast Eagles, including the 1992 and 1994 premiership wins. He captained the club between 1999 and 2000 AFL season.

WAFL career[edit]

Educated at Carine Senior High School and originally from Carine Junior Football Club, McKenna was zoned to Claremont in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), where he played 49 games in four seasons from 1985 to 1987 and in 1992, including the Tigers' 1987 premiership.

AFL career[edit]

McKenna was recruited to the West Coast Eagles for the 1988 season with a pre-draft selection. He played for the Eagles from 1988 until 2000, notching up 267 games and booting 28 goals. He formed one of the most feared backlines in the AFL, along with John Worsfold, Ashley McIntosh, Glen Jakovich and Michael Brennan and was known for his cool demeanour and reliability.

He won the Club Champion Award twice, once in 1989 and the other in 1999, finishing in the top three another five times.

He was captain from 1998 until his retirement at the end of 2000. He kicked a memorable goal on the final kick of his career in Round 22 2000 which frenzied the crowd at Subiaco Oval.

An unusual and rare moment came in a match against St Kilda in Round 22, 1999, when McKenna called for a head count. McKenna was only the third captain to call for a head count in league history. The teams were even.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring he coached in the West Australian Football League as senior coach of the Claremont Football Club with considerable success before moving to an assistant coaching role with the West Coast Eagles and then the Collingwood Football Club to be under former mentor Michael Malthouse. He is currently the coach of the Gold Coast Football Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999 Review". 1999. Retrieved 10 Sep 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
John Worsfold
West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest winner
1989
Succeeded by
Chris Lewis
Preceded by
Ashley McIntosh
West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest winner
1999
Succeeded by
Glen Jakovich
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Worsfold
Captain of the West Coast Eagles
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Dean Kemp &
Ben Cousins
Preceded by
Inaugural
Gold Coast Football Club Coach
2011–
Succeeded by
Incumbent