Dom­i­nant Cats leave Syd­ney shat­tered over un­ex­pected Swans-song

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - NEIL CORDY

SHAT­TERED Syd­ney Swans skip­per Josh Kennedy says the man­ner of his team’s shock exit from the fi­nals at the hands of Gee­long will make the up­com­ing off sea­son a pro­longed and ag­o­nis­ing one.

Af­ter look­ing like their sea­son was dead and buried at 0-6 Syd­ney’s amaz­ing run of 15 wins from the next 17 matches ig­nited hopes of the most un­likely of pre­mier­ships.

But the Cats’ 59-point de­mo­li­tion job put paid to those hopes in a man­ner no­body saw com­ing.

And now comes a long, long off-sea­son to pon­der what went wrong.

John Long­mire said his team were “bug­gered – af­ter ef­fec­tively play­ing elim­i­na­tion fi­nals foot­ball for the last five months.”

Adding to the tor­ment was the fact the match was the 300th game for one of their most favourite sons, Jar­rad McVeigh, who had pro­vided much-needed sup­port to Ken- nedy in his con­fi­dence shat­ter­ing start as cap­tain.

“It is (dis­ap­point­ing to lose on McVeigh’s mile­stone match),’’ Kennedy said.

“But at the same time it’s painful be­cause it’s sea­son over and it will be a long six months wait­ing for next year.

“We did a lot of work to put our­selves in that po­si­tion and didn’t show up, it’s very dis­ap­point­ing.

“Gee­long’s pres­sure was good and off the back of the week they’ve had. It was pretty clear to see we didn’t have enough con­trib­u­tors and they were just bet­ter than us.”

Kennedy’s 20-dis­posal per­for­mance was well down on his usual out­put and Luke Parker’s 13 was a sea­son low, but they had lit­tle or no sup­port from oth­ers.

The Swans sim­ply couldn’t get their hands on the ball, Gee­long smashed them in con­tested pos­ses­sion by 25 and then kept it off them, win­ning the un­con­tested pos­ses­sion by a mas­sive 120 and marks by a stag­ger­ing 67.

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