Week off crucial for 'battered' Swans

Sportal September 11, 2012, 5:39 pm
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Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy said the week off has come at the perfect time for a 'bruised and battered' Swans side and sets them up perfectly for their tilt at a second flag in seven years.

The Swans defied a horror record in Adelaide to defeat the Crows by 29 points on the weekend to move directly into a home preliminary final at ANZ Stadium on Friday week.

John Longmire's side will take on the winner of this weekend's Collingwood-West Coast clash for a spot in the decider.

And Kennedy believes the week's rest is just what the Swans need and will ensure they're at the best for whatever challenge awaits.

"We've had a pretty tough month of football and we've been pretty bruised and battered," Kennedy said on Tuesday.

"It's really good to get the opportunity just to freshen up and get our heads right for our upcoming game against whoever it may be.

"Our sole focus is on being as fresh and as ready as we possibly can be for the upcoming games.

"We'll have a few sessions this week and head into next week with a lot of confidence and hopefully a really fit and ready to go squad."

Kennedy has been one of the Swans' best this season, averaging 27 disposals per game and playing a key midfield role in the club's rise to premiership contenders.

While delighted with his personal exploits, the 24-year-old insists he's not finished yet.

"Hopefully in three weeks I'll be able to reflect on the season on a personal level," Kennedy said.

"It's a huge opportunity and it's an exciting time among the footy club and I'm really looking forward to a prelim final in two weeks' time.

"I haven't had a lot of time to reflect on the season yet and hopefully I won't have to for three weeks."

Renowned for his fierce competitiveness and ability to win contested footy, Kennedy admits he has thrived on playing finals football and believes the Swans' style is made for it.

"I love the rawness and how much it's just stripped back," Kennedy said.

"It's just basically a lot of one-on-one contests, it's very, very basic and it's a game of inches and that's what I really love about it.

"I think it suits me and I think it suits our game plan and our game style we want to play."

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