Gary Buckenara
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Gary Buckenara

Gary Buckenara
Personal information
Full name Gary William Buckenara
Date of birth (1958-07-03) 3 July 1958 (age 62)
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979–1981 Subiaco 61 (100)
1982–1990 Hawthorn 154 (293)
1980-1989 Western Australia 11 (26)
Total 226 (419)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W-L-D)
1992–1993 Sydney Swans 25 (3-21-1)
1992 New South Wales 1 (1-0-0)
1995-1996 Subiaco 45 (26-19-0)
1995 Western Australia 1 (0-1-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Career highlights
  • Hawthorn premierships 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Hawthorn Team of the Century
  • All Australian 1983, 1985, 1986
  • VFL Team of the Year 1986, 1988
  • WA State of Origin captain 1988, 1989
  • Simpson Medallist 1981 (WA v SA)
  • 2nd Hawthorn best and fairest 1986, (3rd in 1988)
  • 2nd Subiaco best and fairest 1979, 1980, 1981
  • Subiaco Team of the Century
  • WA Football Hall of Fame: inaugural inductee
  • Subiaco Hall of Fame: (inducted 2008)
  • Hawthorn Hall of Fame: (inducted 2010)
  • WA Hall of Champions (inducted 2018)
Sources: AFL Tables,

Gary William Buckenara (born 3 July 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Buckenara first played senior football for Subiaco in the West Australian Football League from 1979 to 1981. Subiaco agreed to lease him for three years for $210,000 and after a court case began his career at Hawthorn. His kicking was highly regarded by his teammates and his reputation in football was assured when he kicked a goal after the siren in the 1987 Preliminary Final to defeat Melbourne.

During his time at Hawthorn, Buckenara played 154 games, usually playing in the centre or at half-forward when he had problems with his knees. He kicked 293 goals, won four premierships and played on one losing Grand Final team. He played for his state regularly from 1979 onward and he was selected as the Western Australian captain. In 1983, 85 and 86, he was named in the All Australian Team. His career ended early due to knee injuries, and he moved into coaching. He was appointed senior coach of the Sydney Swans in 1992 but was sacked in the middle of the 1993 season, after eighteen straight losses. He returned to his original club Subiaco to coach in 1995 and 1996 and is now one of the staff at Hawthorn. In 2003, he was named in the Hawthorn Team of the Century.

Buckenara has remained involved in football over the years, and is currently the general manager of Frankston in the Victorian Football League.[1]

See also


  • Ken Piesse (1995). The Complete Guide to Australian Football. Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 0-330-35712-3.

External links

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