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Kennedy: We need to keep going

Shane Potter  September 11, 2017 3:42 PM

Kennedy post match (Ch 7) Captain Josh Kennedy speaks to Jude Bolton after our elimination final win.
AFL 2017 Second Elimination Final - Sydney v Essendon

Josh Kennedy gathered 29 disposals against the Bombers at the SCG on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Josh Kennedy has implored his side to lock in and focus on the task at hand as they prepare for a Friday night blockbuster against Geelong.

A proven finals performer, Kennedy (29 disposals, eight clearances and two goals) led the way through the midfield in his side’s 65-point elimination final win over Essendon.

The star on-baller last season took out the inaugural Gary Ayres Medal for the best player of the finals series, headlined by an amazing Grand Final performance.

Having started the season 0-6, the Swans are astonishingly looking to book their place in a preliminary final against Adelaide.

But to do that they’ll need to account for top-four finishers Geelong on Friday night.

“It was a good game tonight and it has been a good month,” Kennedy told Channel 7 post-match.

“Things can change pretty quickly, we certainly know that so we get back on the horse and focus on next week pretty quickly.

“Our full ground defence has been really clicking but it has been a long year and we just need to keep it going.

“We hopefully have three more games but next week is the focus and so we will just try and lock in to make sure we get it done.”

Superstar Lance Franklin delivered a similar message when asked about their schedule battle with Geelong.

Franklin suffered a corked thigh in the first quarter on Saturday night but returned to the field in the second quarter to boot four goals.

“The boys were unbelievable today and that contested side of the football was really good, and then we were able to get it up forward and kick straight,” he said.

“It is a huge game (against Geelong), we know we are going to have to be at our best to beat them this week and we look forward to that.”

Franklin’s four goals moved him just three goals short of drawing level with Hawthorn great Leigh Matthews in fourth spot on the list of most finals goals kicked in VFL/AFL history.

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