Josh Kennedy (footballer, born 1988)

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For the Carlton and West Coast forward, see Josh Kennedy (footballer, born 1987).
Josh Kennedy
Personal information
Full name Joshua P. Kennedy
Date of birth (1988-06-20) 20 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft 40th pick (FS), 2006 National Draft (Hawthorn)
Height/Weight 188 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Sydney
Number 12
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2009
2010–
Total
Hawthorn
Sydney
13 (4)
121 (76)
134 (80)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Joshua P. "Josh" Kennedy (born 20 June 1988) is an Australian rules footballer currently listed with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL), having also played for Hawthorn. The son and grandson of former Hawthorn players, he was originally recruited to Hawthorn in the 2006 National Draft, under the father–son rule. Kennedy debuted for the club during the 2008 season, but was traded to Sydney prior to the 2010 season, having played 13 games for Hawthorn. An inside midfielder, he has since become a regular for Sydney. He won the club's best and fairest award, the Bob Skilton Medal, during the 2012 season, and also played in a premiership that year. Kennedy has been named in the All-Australian team on two occasions, in 2012 and 2014, and finished equal third in the 2014 Brownlow Medal.

AFL career[edit]

Hawthorn[edit]

Kennedy is the son of John Kennedy Jr., a former Hawthorn player and grandson of John Kennedy, Sr., an Australian Football Hall of Fame member. He finished Year 12 studies at Xavier College in Kew, Victoria in 2006, having also played for Ashburton Football Club as a youngster. In mid-2006 it was announced that he would be recruited in the 2006 AFL Draft by the Hawthorn Football Club for the 2007 season, under the father-son rule.[1] Kennedy made his debut for the club in round nine of the 2008 season. He played two further games in his debut season, and ten the following season, but was traded to Sydney at the end of the 2009 season, along with Ben McGlynn, with Hawthorn receiving draft picks 39, 46, and 70 in exchange.[2]

Sydney Swans[edit]

2010 Season[edit]

In late 2009, Kennedy was offered a three-year deal by the Sydney Swans. Kennedy accepted the offer, as the Swans' offered him more opportunity to play senior football than Hawthorn, who had many players similar to Kennedy.[3] He was traded to the Swans along with teammate Ben McGlynn for 2009 AFL Draft picks 39, 46 and 70.[4] Kennedy capped a fantastic year by finishing 3rd in the Sydney Swans Best & Fairest, behind winner Kieren Jack and runner-up Shane Mumford. Kennedy was also awarded the Paul Roos Award for best player in the finals series.[5]

2011 Season[edit]

Kennedy followed up his outstanding debut year in Sydney with another very consistent season in 2011. Despite a relatively slow start, Kennedy hit top form in the 2nd half of the year to finish equal 2nd with Rhyce Shaw in the Bob Skilton Medal (behind winner Adam Goodes). Kennedy further enhanced his growing reputation around the league with 2 more outstanding performances in the Swans' finals games against St.Kilda and Hawthorn.

2012 Season[edit]

Kennedy had his most consistent year earning himself his first All-Australian team selection.[6] Kennedy won the Brett Kirk Medal in round one.[7] Kennedy polled in equal eighth place in the Brownlow Medal, with 19 votes - the most of any Sydney player. He played in Sydney's Grand Final winning team, where he had 26 disposals and kicked two goals.[8] He also won the Sydney Best & Fairest (Bob Skilton Medal) with (877) votes to win by a massive 172 votes from 2nd Ted Richards (705) and 3rd Ryan O'Keefe (701), managing to consistently poll votes in each round.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [10]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
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)
2008 Hawthorn 36 3 0 0 17 24 41 12 13 0.0 0.0 5.7 8.0 13.7 4.0 4.3
2009 Hawthorn 32 10 4 5 65 129 194 31 42 0.4 0.5 6.5 12.9 19.4 3.1 4.2
2010 Sydney 12 24 10 10 210 272 482 70 107 0.4 0.4 8.8 11.3 20.1 2.9 4.5
2011 Sydney 12 24 10 19 272 256 528 54 135 0.4 0.8 11.3 10.7 22.0 2.3 5.6
2012 Sydney 12 25 29 13 307 401 708 73 125 1.2 0.5 12.3 16.0 28.3 2.9 5.0
2013 Sydney 12 25 14 16 257 421 678 42 123 0.6 0.6 10.3 16.8 27.1 1.7 4.9
2014 Sydney 12 23 13 20 272 385 657 75 132 0.6 0.9 11.8 16.7 28.6 3.3 5.7
Career 134 80 83 1400 1888 3288 357 677 0.6 0.6 10.4 14.1 24.5 2.7 5.1

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2008
2009
2010
2011 3
2012 19
2013 14
Total 36
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Team

Individual

Personal life[edit]

In April 2015 Kennedy's wife Ana gave birth to their first child, a baby boy named Emelio.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boulton, Martin (20 July 2006). "Bloodline runs true as a third-generation Kennedy takes his place at Hawthorn". The Age. 
  2. ^ Mark Robinson (9 October 2009). "Josh Kennedy move the end of a family dynasty at Hawthorn" – AdelaideNow. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ Niall, Jake (30 September 2009). "Favourite Hawk may leave nest". The Age. 
  4. ^ "Kennedy and McGlynn to Swans". 8 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kieren Jack: 2010 Club Champion". 
  6. ^ Cordy, Neil (18 September 2012). "All-Australian selection complements career turnarounds by Swans Josh Kennedy and Ted Richards". The Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ Kogoy, Peter (24 March 2012). "Small leap for AFL's Giant experiment in derby 1". The Australian. 
  8. ^ Sam Lienert and John Salvado (29 September 2012). "Sydney Swans outlast favourites Hawthorn in classic grand final to claim the 2012 AFL premiership". 
  9. ^ "Sydney Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy emphatically claims first Bob Skilton medal after superb season". 5 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Josh P. Kennedy's player profile at AFL Tables
  11. ^ Malcolm, Alex (23 April 2015). "Kennedy's late dash to Perth after birth of child". Australian Football League. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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