DOB: 12 February 1912
Died: 14 December 1981
Debut: Round 4, 1932 against Geelong at Motordrome
Last Game: Preliminary Final 1937 against Collingwood at MCG
From: West Brunswick State School/Brunswick Amateurs/Brunswick
Number: 17 1932, 15 1933, 2 1934, 36 1935, 6 1936-1937
Gardiner Medal - 1935
Seconds premiership player - 1935
Won two premierships with his school side, then spent two years with the amateurs before being recruited by the Brunswick VFA side. Recruited to Melbourne after winning Brunswick's most improved and Best and Fairest awards, Kinnear had previously unsuccessfully applied to become playing coach with Maryborough at just 21-years-old.
Often used as a half-back, Kinnear never found a permanent spot in the Melbourne side and played in five different numbers over six years. At one point he only played nine games in three years, and in 1935 he won the Gardiner Medal for best player in the Seconds competition while playing as a full-back.
He spent his summers as a member of the MCC cricketing XI, and after playing in the 1936 seconds premiership he dashed from the ground after the side's victory to play cricket at the Albert Ground. He also worked as the scoreboard operator at the MCG.
Kinnear was dropped from Melbourne's list early in the 1938 season and sent to play with the Seconds. He returned to Brunswick in 1939. His son Col went on to coach the Sydney Swans between 1989 and 1991, and his brother Bill played for Essendon.
He also played two first class cricket matches for Victoria against Tasmania in late 1931 and early 1932.
Served in the army during World War II as part of the 1n Ordnance division.
|Round 10, 1936||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
Family at other clubs
Players who served during war
Argus - 23/03/1932
Argus - 21/04/1932
Argus - 06/02/1932
Sporting Globe - 25/06/1932
Argus - 11/09/1935
Argus - 05/10/1936
Argus - 18/04/1938
Herald - 06/05/1938
Age - 19/04/1939
Herald - 19/04/1939
Herald - 19/08/1943
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