A growing problem keeping pace for Swans’ midfield
FORMER St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna has questioned whether Sydney’s once vaunted midfield brigade is able to cope with the speed of the modern game.
Swans extractors Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Daniel Hannebery failed to fire a shot on Friday night as Adelaide basically led from siren to siren at the SCG. Three-time All Australian and Swans best-andfairest Kennedy had just six disposals to halftime, the equal lowest halftime tally in 196 games for Sydney.
Kennedy finished with 13 disposals, four clearances and eight tackles under close watch from Crows midfielders Cameron Ellis-Yolmen and Richard Douglas. Hannebery and Parker had 18 and 17 disposals respectively in the Swans’ second home loss of the season.
“I’m wondering whether maybe even the speed of the game has caught up to a few of them,” Montagna told Triple M.
“They’re not the quickest guys … they’re all big bodies, they’re all strong, it’s an interesting one, and they’ve got a little bit of soul searching to do.
“They’ve been pretty reliant on Buddy a lot this year and certainly the midfield are out of touch.”
With the game on the line at the SCG on Friday night Kennedy struggled to breakaway from congestion.
The 209- game bull is averaging 22 disposals, 12 contested possessions, 6.2 clearances and 5.5 tackles — his lowest tallies since 2011 — across five games.
“Apparently he’s not injured or anything like that, he’s just struggling,” Montagna said.
The Swans have mixed their form so far this season.
Sydney's Josh Kennedy.