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Kennelly apologises for pulling down team-mate's shorts

Tadhg Kennelly

By Jim Cook
SYDNEY Swans AFL footballer Tadhg Kennelly yesterday returned to a Catholic girls school in Wollongong to apologise again for pulling a teammate's shorts down in front of the students.

As part of the Swans' school visits during their Community Camp, Kennelly, Lewis Roberts-Thomson and Adam Schneider visited St Mary's School. It was there that the "brainsnap" occurred when Kerry-born Kennelly "dacked" Roberts-Thomson in front of almost 400 students.

The incident came about after Roberts-Thomson was asked by a student what his most embarrassing moment had been; when a pause had the audience waiting anxiously Kennelly grabbed Roberts-Thomson's shorts and pulled them down.

"We had been swimming previously and I knew Lewie (Roberts-Thomson) had speedos on, but all the same it was totally inappropriate and a very stupid thing to do," a remorseful Kennelly told sydneyswans.com.au.

"That split second before I did it, I thought it would be funny and seconds later I wondered what I had done."

Yesterday Kennelly and coach Paul Roos went back St Mary's to meet school principal Fay Gurr, to whom an apology was offered for the incident. At the meeting Kennelly offered to return to address the students and personally give his apology.

"I told the students what I did was extremely silly and disrespectful to the school and all of them individually," the Irish star said.

Captain Brett Kirk accompanied Kennelly to the school and spoke about not only learning from what had happened but also about accepting the fact that you need to take full responsibility for your actions.

"That is why Tadhg is here today- because he knows he did the wrong thing and with that goes the obligation of taking the consequences of his actions," Kirk said.

The Sydney Swans conclude their Wollongong Community Camp with a lengthy training session at Wollongong University before heading back to Sydney with their sights set on next Friday's clash with Essendon at North Sydney Oval.

Swans spokesman Stephen Brassell: "There was a bit of gasp for about one second and then everybody laughed. But it was certainly no laughing matter as far as the club is concerned and Tadhg realises that."

 

Kennelly apologises for pulling down team-mate's shorts

Tadhg Kennelly

By Jim Cook
SYDNEY Swans AFL footballer Tadhg Kennelly yesterday returned to a Catholic girls school in Wollongong to apologise again for pulling a teammate's shorts down in front of the students.

As part of the Swans' school visits during their Community Camp, Kennelly, Lewis Roberts-Thomson and Adam Schneider visited St Mary's School. It was there that the "brainsnap" occurred when Kerry-born Kennelly "dacked" Roberts-Thomson in front of almost 400 students.

The incident came about after Roberts-Thomson was asked by a student what his most embarrassing moment had been; when a pause had the audience waiting anxiously Kennelly grabbed Roberts-Thomson's shorts and pulled them down.

"We had been swimming previously and I knew Lewie (Roberts-Thomson) had speedos on, but all the same it was totally inappropriate and a very stupid thing to do," a remorseful Kennelly told sydneyswans.com.au.

"That split second before I did it, I thought it would be funny and seconds later I wondered what I had done."

Yesterday Kennelly and coach Paul Roos went back St Mary's to meet school principal Fay Gurr, to whom an apology was offered for the incident. At the meeting Kennelly offered to return to address the students and personally give his apology.

"I told the students what I did was extremely silly and disrespectful to the school and all of them individually," the Irish star said.

Captain Brett Kirk accompanied Kennelly to the school and spoke about not only learning from what had happened but also about accepting the fact that you need to take full responsibility for your actions.

"That is why Tadhg is here today- because he knows he did the wrong thing and with that goes the obligation of taking the consequences of his actions," Kirk said.

The Sydney Swans conclude their Wollongong Community Camp with a lengthy training session at Wollongong University before heading back to Sydney with their sights set on next Friday's clash with Essendon at North Sydney Oval.

Swans spokesman Stephen Brassell: "There was a bit of gasp for about one second and then everybody laughed. But it was certainly no laughing matter as far as the club is concerned and Tadhg realises that."