Kennelly's Sydney on track for AFL finals

Tadhg Kennelly's Sydney Swans moved back into the top eight of the AFL Premiership ladder earlier today courtesy of a resounding 112-64 win over the Melbourne Demons in Canberra.

Tadhg Kennelly's Sydney Swans moved back into the top eight of the AFL Premiership ladder earlier today courtesy of a resounding 112-64 win over the Melbourne Demons in Canberra.

Sydney, the 2005 champions, outscored the Demons by 17 goals to 10 in front of 11,266 spectators at the Manuka Oval to chalk up their fourth win in five games.

The Swans are now in seventh position and in line to make next month's finals with four games of the regulation season remaining.

Kennelly, who has bounced back from a recent knee injury, played in the back pocket against Melbourne and tallied up 9 kicks, 3 handballs, 12 possessions, 4 marks and 3 tackles.

Sydney coach Paul Roos has been boosted by the return to form of Kennelly and some key players in recent weeks.

"(Adam) Schneider's had a really good month of footy. When you throw (Tadhg) Kennelly and (Nick) Malceski into the mix….it certainly makes us a better side," he said.

Former Down minor Martin Clarke, who has been nominated for the AFL Rising Star award, could also feature in the finals as Collingwood hold onto sixth spot.

The 19-year-old played in his seventh straight game for Collingwood yesterday and it was a memorable one as he came face-to-face with Carlton's cult hero Setanta O'hAilpín.

Despite Corkman O'hAilpín registering a goal - his 10th of the campaign came as he grabbed the football from a ball-up - it was Clarke's side who powered to victory at the MCG with four final quarter goals from Anthony Rocca steering them to a 120-96 success.

O'hAilpín, who had stints in the forward pocket and back pocket, had 6 kicks, 3 handballs, 9 possessions, 1 mark, 5 hit outs and 2 tackles. Playing on the wing, Clarke had 9 kicks, 5 handballs, 14 possessions, 6 marks and 3 tackles.

Third-from-bottom Carlton are out of the finals race, but Laois man Colm Begley's Brisbane team are still in contention to reach the knockout stages.

Begley's Lions, who lie in eighth, scrapped to a 77-40 win over the second-placed Kangaroos in front of a 29,233-strong crowd at the Gabba.

Making his 15th appearance of the season, defender Begley had 6 kicks, 7 handballs, 13 possessions and 7 marks for a buoyant Brisbane, who are currently looking at Carlow minor Brendan Murphy and Mayo senior star Pierce Hanley as possible rookie recruits for next year.

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