Injury blow for Sydney star Kennelly

IT was a dreadful weekend for the two Irishmen playing in the AFL at the weekend.

Setanta O hAilpín failed to score for the first time this season as Carlton were trounced by struggling Hawthorn yesterday, while a knock on the knee in the first minute saw Tadhg Kennelly depart from the fray as Sydney fell to Fremantle on Saturday.

The Swans’ coaching staff expect to find out the severity of Kennelly’s problem today. The 28-year-old took a blow to the side of his knee and is believed to have suffered medial ligament damage and could now face a lengthy period on the treatment table.

Like Kennelly, O hAilpín has enjoyed a wonderful opening to the current season. In his first campaign as a fully-fledged forward, the 27-year-old had tallied 21 goals but failed to add to that total in a very poor display.

He managed just one hand ball and one mark in the first quarter and was then moved back into defence as the Blues continued to give away dreadful possession.

Having trailed 47 points at one stage, Carlton did reduce the deficit to 26 at the end of the third quarter. That margin would have been less but for poor attempts at goal by O hAilpín and Eddie Betts, with O hAilpín getting tackled after electing to play on when winning a mark in Hawks’ goal square.

They never looked like pulling off an unlikely victory in the final quarter thereafter, with three quick goals killing off the game.

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