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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Kennedy

Known as
Michael Kennedy

10 January 1964 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 235d
Last game: 26y 235d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Sydney

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 55, 43
Sydney: 14

Recruited from
Carlton (1990)

Michael Kennedy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,567th player to appear, 3,250th most games played, 5,245th most goals kickedCarlton: 921st player to appear, 299th most games played, 536th most goals kickedSydney: 1,189th player to appear, 698th most games played, 751st most goals kicked

After playing under nineteen and reserve grade football for Carlton Michael Kennedy made his senior VFL debut near the end of the 1984 season. Something of a late developer, he played just half a dozen games over the course of his first three seasons before blossoming suddenly in 1987. His timing could not have been better because the Blues went on to procure that season’s premiership with a 15.14 to 9.17 grand final defeat of Hawthorn. Kennedy, who had played virtually every game for the year, was a key contributor to the victory, playing as a defensive forward pocket. (His role was essentially to curb the impact of Hawthorn’s attacking back pocket player Russell Greene.)

Versatility was the principal hallmark of Kennedy’s football. He could do a job as a forward but was more commonly used across centre or, even more frequently, as a defender. He could also function as an impact player from the bench. Never the flashiest of footballers, determination and energy were his watch-words.

At the end of a 1989 season in which he had displayed consistently good form Kennedy was surprisingly cut from the Blues’ list. He ended up at Sydney, where although he played just 15 games he managed a highly creditable third place in the Swans’ best and fairest count. During his time with Carlton he had played 59 VFL games.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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