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Ex-Swans skipper Josh Kennedy stuns, gives coach a headache, Swans Vs Crows

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire insists he will find a place for three-time best and fairest winner Josh Kennedy in his squad before the end of the season, although the Swans’ recent run of form has them eyeing a top four spot.

Kennedy, 34, produced another strong outing in the VFL with 37 runs as the Swans reserves side beat Frankston by 44 points.

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It was his second week back from a long-term hamstring injury against Carlton in round 10, but then his side managed to settle down with a 33-point win away to Fremantle. SCG.

It raises the question of whether there is room for Kennedy in the Swans outfit ahead of next week’s derby against GWS.

“He did what we thought he would do. I’m sure there’s a role for it. I can’t tell you what it is now. “He’s going to have the confidence to come back and do what we want him to do, we’ll work out what that is as the week goes on,” Longmire said.

We think we can play it in a lot of places that we’ve done. That adds versatility to our team and experience. He knows his stuff as you can imagine.

Josh Kennedy wants him back in. Photo by Phil HillyardSource: News Corp Australia
Kennedy was part of the Swans’ 2012 premiership. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesSource: News Corp Australia

Another veteran headlined the Swans’ win, with Buddy Franklin surpassing Gary Ablett senior to become fifth all-time in the VFL/AFL goalscoring record with 1033, but the coach was keen. His game.

“For a big forward who has kicked 1,000 goals, I thought his ability to press today was a key push forward,” Longmire said. He was just going after the opposition and the players really finished him off.

The Ravens would have cut the margin back to 15 points if not for defensive star Nick Blakey’s fortuitous running back and Ned McHenry’s miraculous effort in the third quarter.

The only concern for the Swans is Tom Hickey’s ankle issue with Crows big man Riley O’Brien outscoring.

O’Brien’s influence helped Rory Laird to a dominant display of 38 possessions and fourteen inside 50s for the Crows, although Longmire admitted they tried to reverse the influence.

The Swans did some work on their former charge in Jordan Dawson, who was booed every time he touched the football by teammates and CCG Crows throughout the game.

“I think Jordy knew it was coming. It’s the game we play, it’s a competitive game they bring. He handled that well,” Crows coach Matthew Nix said.

Along with Leird’s performance and the impressive Sam Berry, who finished No.14 in the AFL tackles with two goals, the Knicks were delighted to feature raw defender Nick Murray, who battled against Franklin on the afternoon. He kept it to three main points.

We are very excited about “Bananas” and what it brings. He is competitive. I thought he had a really strong game, he just played against one of the best stars in the game and he can hold his head up high,” Nix said.

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