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John Kennedy : 18-February-2012
John Kennedy : 18-February-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Commemorates John "Kanga" Kennedy, Junior who was a former Australian rules footballer, and the son of former Hawthorn footballer and coach John Kennedy, Senior.

He was a four-time premiership player with the Hawthorn, and in 1993 was appointed as assistant coach.  



Address:Stadium Circuit, Waverley Park, Mulgrave, 3170
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.925039
Long: 145.187986
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 28th April, 2008
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John Kennedy

John "Kanga" Kennedy played 164 games for the Hawthorn Football Club in 1950-59, including its first ever finals appearance in 1957.  In 1960 aged just 31 Kennedy became coach and transformed Hawthorn and led the club to its first three premierships in 1961, 1971 and 1976.

Kennedy's Hawthorn teams became known as "Kennedy's Commandos".  Wearing his trademark overcoat; his booming voice and stirring words inspired generations of Hawthorn players, taking them from easy beats to the most respected and revered clubs in the League.

He epitomised and taught all the values and attitudes that the Club cherishes today.  These were overwhelmingly a sense of team, total discipline, total integrity, and will to win.  

They are now core values, part of the Club`s character and as we compete in the 21st century this legacy as defined by John Kennedy must never be forgotten.

Don't Think.. Do.

A gift to all Hawthorn supporters donated by Geoff and Susan Harris - 28 April 2008

Source: MA
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