Gary William BUCKENARA

Year Inducted 2004
Date of Birth 3rd July 1958

PLAYER: 1979-90

GAMES: 226: SUBIACO 61; Hawthorn 154; WA 11.

PREMIERSHIPS: Hawthorn 1983, 86, 88-89

HONOURS: Subiaco leading goal-kicker 1981; Simpson Medal 1981.

Gary Buckenara won only one Simpson Medal but could easily have won three or four.  A star in state-of-origin games in the 1980’s, was in WA’s best three in clashes against Victoria in 1981-1983, 1985-1986.  His effort in 1983 – seven goals as a ruck- rover resting at half forward – was remarkable.  He overcame a serious knee injury in the opening minutes of the 1983 VFL grand final to become known as an outstanding big-game player.  Starred in Hawthorn’s 1986 preliminary final when Melbourne’s Jim Stynes conceded a 15m penalty for running across his mark.  Coached Sydney in 1992-93 and Subiaco in 1995-96.