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 career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2003
2011–2014
Claremont
Gold Coast
21 (12–9–0)
88 (24–64–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2000 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2014.
Career highlights

Guy Lindsay McKenna (born 11 May 1969) is a retired Australian rules football player and the former senior coach of the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). McKenna 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.

McKenna boasts two unusual on-field distinctions from his career. In Round 20, 1994, he was the first player ever ordered from the ground under the blood rule, which had been introduced to the league that week.[1] Then, in a match against St Kilda in Round 22, 1999, McKenna became the third captain in league history to call for a head count; the teams were even.[2]

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.

In 2009, McKenna was appointed the inaugural coach of the newly founded Gold Coast Suns. He oversaw their TAC Cup and VFL campaigns prior to their entrance in the AFL. After the Suns failed to make the finals in their first four years in the senior competition, McKenna was sacked as coach on 1 October 2014.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which McKenna won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1988 West Coast 17 18 0 3 169 156 325 73 17 0.0 0.2 9.4 8.7 18.1 4.1 0.9
1989 West Coast 17 20 1 1 184 184 368 113 26 0.1 0.1 9.2 9.2 18.4 5.7 1.3
1990 West Coast 17 26 4 3 252 210 462 97 52 0.2 0.1 9.7 8.1 17.8 3.7 2.0
1991 West Coast 17 26 2 6 259 210 469 80 41 0.1 0.2 10.0 8.1 18.0 3.1 1.6
1992 West Coast 17 12 2 2 91 95 186 37 22 0.2 0.2 7.6 7.9 15.5 3.1 1.8
1993 West Coast 17 21 1 1 199 165 364 92 39 0.0 0.0 9.5 7.9 17.3 4.4 1.9
1994 West Coast 17 25 5 4 227 202 429 103 49 0.2 0.2 9.1 8.1 17.2 4.1 2.0
1995 West Coast 17 23 5 2 155 208 363 81 44 0.2 0.1 6.7 9.0 15.8 3.5 1.9
1996 West Coast 17 22 5 0 204 175 379 118 58 0.2 0.0 9.3 8.0 17.2 5.4 2.6
1997 West Coast 17 20 1 0 177 145 322 89 58 0.1 0.0 8.9 7.3 16.1 4.5 2.9
1998 West Coast 17 22 1 1 209 161 370 82 64 0.0 0.0 9.5 7.3 16.8 3.7 2.9
1999 West Coast 17 23 0 1 216 175 391 113 41 0.0 0.0 9.4 7.6 17.0 4.9 1.8
2000 West Coast 17 9 1 1 56 63 119 31 12 0.1 0.1 6.2 7.0 13.2 3.4 1.3
Career 267 28 25 2398 2149 4547 1109 523 0.1 0.1 9.0 8.0 17.0 4.2 2.0

Coaching statistics[edit]

[5]
Season Team Games Coached Wins Losses Draws Points % Ladder Position League Teams
2011 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 13.6% 17 17
2012 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 13.6% 17 18
2013 Gold Coast 22 8 14 0 36.4% 14 18
2014 Gold Coast 22 10 12 0 45.5% 12 18
Career totals 88 24 64 0 27.27% 15.00 17.75

* = Unfinished season

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Hinds (7 August 1994). "New rule grounds Eagle". The Sunday Age (Sport Liftout) (Melbourne, VIC). p. 3. 
  2. ^ "1999 Review". 1999. Retrieved 10 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ Gold Coast sacks Guy McKenna as speculation mounts club will make play for Essendon’s Mark Thompson, News.com.au, 1 October 2014
  4. ^ Guy McKenna's player profile at AFL Tables
  5. ^ Guy McKenna's coaching profile at AFL Tables

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
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Rodney Eade