Hanley stars but in a losing cause

PEARCE HANLEY had a career high 30 disposals but it was another losing effort by Brisbane as they lost to a James Podsiadly-inspired Geelong, 133-104.

Podsiadly scored eight goals for the Cats but Hanley can hold his head high after another performance that showed why new franchise, GWS are showing an interest in the Mayo man, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

The Ballaghaderreen native’s accurate passing was evidenced by an 83% efficiency rating, which is very good given the high number of disposals, 23 of which were kicks. This enabled him to his seven rebound 50s, where he successfully found a teammate with a clearance out of defence, while he also tallied 11 marks.

Given he has been one of the few positives of a wretched season for Brisbane, it seems unlikely that they will let Hanley leave and certainly the comments of assistant coach Jade Rawlings would suggest as much.

“He’s got elite speed, and he’s in the upper echelon for endurance at our club, so physically he’s well made up for an AFL footballer. It was more the subtleties of his body we needed to put more time into [after his run of hamstring injuries], and he’s become a real professional in how he prepares and recovers.”

Tadhg Kennelly is another Irishman whose contract is up at the end of the current campaign but he had a much quieter game as Sydney lost 98-87 to Fremantle at the SCG, managing just nine possessions with a poor disposal efficiency rating of under 70%.

In the dying stages, the former All-Ireland winner gave away a dubious free kick on the half-back flank and was then conceded a 50m penalty, which allowed Fremantle to work the ball forward where Swans’ defender Heath Grundy was penalised for a throw.

Nick Lower then kicked the match-sealing goal after the Swans had dragged themselves back into the game with five consecutive goals. Kennelly admitted he has to be more consistent than has been the case in recent weeks.

“My form has been up and down,” he said.

“I’ve probably been trying to do too much in games and it’s affecting my game.”

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