Main content

Ball-magnet Kennedy sets new AFL record

Highlights: Fremantle v Sydney Swans The Dockers and Swans clash in the 1st Qualifying Final
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Josh Kennedy of the Sydney Swans assess his option during the 2015 AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia on September 12, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media)
Josh Kennedy was a standout against Fremantle on Saturday

JOSH Kennedy has moved into a League of his own after almost leading the Sydney Swans to one of their most famous wins.

The Swans' midfielder was best afield and a ball magnet in Saturday's qualifying final loss to Fremantle.

His game-high 39 possessions was the 11th-straight game where Kennedy had had 30 disposals or more - a modern record.

Player ratings: Sydney Swans

Since Champion Data started keeping records in 1999, Collingwood star Dane Swan had two streaks of 10 games.

Kennedy and fellow midfielder Dan Hannebery were the catalysts for the Swans’ awesome third quarter.

Already missing several key players, the Swans lost Sam Reid in the second term to a hamstring injury and were dangling off the precipice early in the third quarter with a four-goal deficit.

Six things we learned from Fremantle v the Swans

Enter Kennedy - a whopping 16 possessions for the quarter - and Hannebery, who had 14.

The Swans still trailed by 13 points at the last break, but they had given it an almighty shake.

"Those two in particular were enormous - they're our midfield generals," coach John Longmire said of Kennedy and Hannebery.

"We're playing a quality team today and there are some quality midfielders in the opposition, too.

"So it's not an easy game, they have a very good ruckman, but our blokes really lifted and helped drive us to get back in the game."

Swans' key forward woes worsen

Dockers star Nat Fyfe had set the early pace with 12 disposals in the first quarter and he was their best, posting 32 for the game.

But Kennedy overshadowed him.

Swans veterans Adam Goodes and Rhyce Shaw were also mighty, while Dean Towers stepped up manfully.

In his first final, Towers took over at centre half-forward after Reid went off and he kicked a goal in the third quarter.