Dominant Cats leave Sydney shattered over unexpected Swans-song
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.