SYDNEY is confident its young squad will pick up where it left off when the season resumes next week, with the Swans set for battle against Essendon.
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The Swans entered the season with the second-youngest list in the competition and beat Adelaide in round one after travelling to Adelaide Oval.
They'll be back at the SCG in round two when they face Essendon on Sunday, June 14, and co-captain Josh Kennedy said the Swans had taken plenty of belief from the victory over the Crows.
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"At different stages through that game, albeit a long time ago, we played really good footy. The challenge will be that consistency for us now," Kennedy said on Tuesday.
"You're certainly not going to carry that momentum, given the time we've had off, but it will give us confidence in the way we train and our mindset heading into round two."
The Swans midfield controlled the contest against the Crows, with returning ruckman Sam Naismith dominating and feeding Kennedy (25 disposals), Luke Parker (30 disposals) and Oliver Florent (21).
Last year saw the club fall out of the finals for the first time since 2009, with the Swans finishing the season in 15th position.
Kennedy said the silver lining to that disappointment was the opportunities given to a group of youngsters.
"Undoubtedly they would've taken a lot from that. There's no substitute for games experienced, and at this stage we've got a lot of young players who have a lot of games' experience," he said.
"I think another pre-season that we've had – another two, arguably (with the shutdown period) – is going to keep them in good stead and us in good stead as a team. Bring on two weeks' time."
The Swans haven't lost to Essendon in Sydney since 2009, with the club winning its past nine games against the Bombers at home.