How did a skinny kid from the suburbs of Sydney go on to become one of the most universally respected figures in the AFL?
Lenny: My Story follows Lenny Hayes’ journey from North Rocks to St Kilda where he
played a key role in one of the most successful eras in the club’s rich history.
Over the course of Hayes’ celebrated 16-year career, the Saints enjoyed dizzying highs and suffered through painful lows. He was there when the club collected the dreaded wooden spoon in 2000, but was part of the Grant Thomas-led renaissance that saw the Saints march up the ladder to play off in successive preliminary finals.
Hayes was a decorated veteran by the time Ross Lyon took the club one step further to reach back-to-back grand finals only to suffer agonising defeats and he gives a rare insight into St Kilda’s epic drawn grand final with Collingwood that saw him receive the coveted Norm Smith Medal.
He refused to bow to a major knee operation and open-heart surgery late in his career and won widespread respect and admiration for the way he battled back to leave the game on his own terms.
‘He could drag a group with him across the line. He played without restraint, he wasn’t defined by the scoreboard or his opponent, and never kept anything in reserve … he put it all out there.’ Ross Lyon