Kennelly eyeing second AFL final

Tadhg Kennelly could be about to emulate his former Kerry team-mates by finishing his season Down Under with silverware.

Tadhg Kennelly could be about to emulate his former Kerry team-mates by finishing his season Down Under with silverware.

The Listowel man watched from afar as the Kingdom claimed their 34th All-Ireland SFC title against Mayo last Sunday.

Tomorrow night, he will line out for Sydney in the AFL Premiership preliminary final against Fremantle, taking his usual position in the Swans' half-back line.

Kennelly made history 12 months ago when he became the first Irishman to win a Premiership title as the Swans swooped for their first flag in 72 years.

Having beaten the West Coast Eagles by a point last weekend, the Swans are hotly tipped to appear in consecutive grand finals and grab back-to-back Premierships for the first time in the club's history.

Confidence is high as Freemantle have never played at the Telstra Stadium, the venue for tomorrow's clash, and Kennelly is obviously eager to claim a unique 'double'.

"Winning the Premiership, I suppose it could be a bit of a drug really," he said. "We know what it's like and we know how good the week was before (last year's final) and obviously the week afterwards.

"We talked even at the start of the season when we came back after winning the title about what we needed to do again this year, and a lot of the boys said we don't need to change a lot.

"What we did was fantastic and we want to try and do it again."

The champions must be wary though - Freemantle have been in excellent form, winning 10 of their last 11 matches since losing 91-58 to the Swans in July.

Kennelly has once again been one of Sydney's leading lights this season - taking 85 marks and making 330 disposals - but his side only scraped through to the qualifying finals, winning six of their last seven encounters.

"Certainly we've had an up and down season compared to last year when we were a lot more consistent for longer," he said.

"But when we were playing bad (this year) we were able to come back to what we knew worked for us and by doing that it reinforces our game plan, it reinforces that feeling that everything we do, we know it works and works well.

"If we do that, we will win games and that's probably where the confidence we have is coming form."

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