Debut: Round 1, 2004 vs Fremantle, aged 22 years, 169 days
1073rd Carlton Player
Guernsey No. 17
Last Game: Round 8, 2004 vs Brisbane, aged 22 years, 218 days
DOB: 8 October, 1981
Steve Kenna was picked with selection 75, our last, in the 2003 National Draft. A pint sized forward, Kenna was a Queenslander who had been playing in the VFL with the Box Hill Hawks and performed well. Kenna was named in the VFL's team of the year in 2003.
Having played junior football in Queensland, Kenna was added to Brisbane's rookie list for the 2000 season but delisted after just one year. After spending 2001 and 2002 with QAFL side Mount Gravatt, he moved to Melbourne and played for Box Hill in the VFL. Kenna was recruited from Morningside, was a Brisbane Lion Rookie for a while and played at Mt Gravatt prior to heading to the Box Hill Hawks, he finished third in the Grogan Medal in 2002.
Lasting only a season at Carlton, Kenna played 5 games- the first 4 and then just one further game in Round 8, kicking 3 goals. Blessed with seemingly very fast pace, Kenna just couldn't quite crack it at AFL level despite the need for a real rover / forward pocket at Carlton, never managing more than 8 possessions in any game. At 170cms, perhaps his tiny legs were just pumping so fast that he appeared to be a speedster? It's not as simple as that - at VFL level Kenna remained a strong performer, but this was not enough to see him on the list for a second season.
Kenna wore the number 17.
He went on to play for South Adelaide in the SANFL and was runner up in the Magarey Medal in 2006, behind fellow ex-Blue Brett Backwell. He returned to Box Hill in 2008 and captained the side in 2009 and 2010.
Steve Kenna's grandfather, Ted Kenna won a Victoria Cross Medal during World War II.