Bryan Kenneally

Image DOB: 26 March 1942

Debut: Round 11, 1959 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 20, 1969 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval

From: Dandenong High School/Lyndhurst-Hampton Park

Number: 22 (1959-1969)

Premiership Player - 1960, 1964
Reserves Premiership player - 1969
Victorian state player - 1967 (2 matches)
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1968

Games: 171
Goals: 68
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Recruited by Melbourne after training with Richmond while still at school, Kenneally started 1959 on the supplementary list and played Seconds for the first half of the year. He declined payment for the first season to protect his amateur status in case his senior career didn't pan out, accepting just one pound a week to cover travelling expenses.

Initially a wingman, Kenneally played two games in his first year but found it hard to break into a strong side after that. After twice appearing as a reserve he was allowed to return to school football and appeared in a representative game.

The next year he became a regular first team player, starting the year third in line for a wing spot behind Ian McLean and George Milner, but benefiting from McLean being dropped and Milner injured to open a spot for him. He held his place on the wing through that year's Grand Final victory. That year he also won a "long kicking" competition at the Showgrounds.

Kenneally won a second flag in 1964, but had become a half-forward flanker. As the understudy ruck/rover to Ron Barassi he found himself shouldering more of the load that season and was thrown into the role full time after Barassi defected to Carlton. In 1965 he was appointed vice-captain and ran third in the Best and Fairest. That year he played every game, and repeated the feat in 1966.

Selected to play for Victoria for the first time in 1967, Kenneally missed his first ever career game because of injury in Round 15, 1968. In 1969 a torn groin muscle restricted him to two senior games, in Round 1 and Round 20, before retiring. He played in that year's Reserves premiership.

Kenneally joined VFA side Prahran in 1970 and played in premierships that year and 1973 before retiring.

1959 200
1960 1700
1961 2010
1962 1880
1963 20175
1964 20153
1965 18110
1966 1830
1967 1762
1968 1970
1969 200

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Age - 05/08/1959
Age - 03/03/1965
Age - 18/04/1974
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