Gary Buckenara

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

Gary Buckenara
Personal information
Full name Gary William Buckenara
Date of birth (1958-07-03) 3 July 1958
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19791981 Subiaco 61 (100)
19821990 Hawthorn 154 (293)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1980–1989 Western Australia 11 (26)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
19921993 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 premiership side 1983, 1986, 1988–1989
  • Hawthorn Team of the Century
  • Simpson Medallist 1981 (WA v SA)
Sources: AFL Tables,

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 in one losing Grand Final team. He played for his state regularly from 1979 onwards and 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.

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