Stephen Kernahan ranks amongst the very best centre half-forwards of all time. Not just a great player, but arguably one of the finest on-field leaders the game has ever seen and was best known for his inspirational career as Carlton skipper. He topped the blues’ goalkicking over an incredible 11 consecutive seasons and won the club best and fairest in 1987, 1989 and 1992, not to mention leading the Blues to the 1987 and 1995 premiership. Kernahan earnt selection as an All-Australian five times (1983, 1986, 1988, 1992 and 1994) and played 16 State of Origin games for South Australia. He later served for six years as president of the Carlton Football Club.

Tall and thinly built, he was deceptively strong, Kernahan had very few that could compete with him in a marking contest. His kicking, if not strictly textbook, was accurate, and he booted a total of 738 goals – a Carlton career record – during his 251-game V/AFL career. Kernahan was also very quick for a big man, and his ground skills were excellent. Nicknamed Sticks, Kernahan was the captain of Carlton’s Team of the Century and holds the AFL record for the most games as club captain.

Playing Career

1986 – 1997 Carlton

Games

251

Goals

738

Playing Honours

  • 2× VFL/AFL Premiership: 1987, 1995
  • 2× All-Australian team: 1992, 1994
  • 3× Carlton Best & Fairest: 1987, 1989, 1992
  • 11× Carlton Leading Goalkicker
  • Carlton Captain: 1987-1997
  • Carlton Team of the Century – Centre Half Forward, (Captain)
  • Carlton Hall of Fame: Legend Status

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