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Swans can beat anyone: Kennelly & Bolton

By Joe Barton 01/09/2010 02:44:59 PM Comments (0)

Senior Sydney AFL stars Tadhg Kennelly and Jude Bolton believe a youthful Swans side should fear nobody, and feel the club is in the perfect position for an AFL premiership assault.

The pair, who were part of the 2005 grand final-winning team, agree that the momentum gathered in the final four weeks of the regular season, where the Swans were undefeated, will serve them well against Carlton at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Kennelly put the Swans' recent performances down to a determination to bounce back from a humiliating 73-point loss to Melbourne six weeks ago.

"We've got fantastic momentum at the moment, we've had a good month of football," Kennelly said on Wednesday.

"We've got that belief from the last four weeks that we can beat anyone.

"The game we lost against Melbourne was the real kick in the bum we needed.

"That game really got us going. We've been number one in contested footy for the last month and that's why we're winning games of football."

According to the Irish defender, the key to winning finals footy is playing with confidence and gathering momentum at the right time - something he sees the young side doing right now.

"It's huge," Kennelly said.

"If we'd gone into the finals having lost the last four weeks it would be totally different.

"We're very bubbly, we're up and about and we're very excited about it all because we're playing good football at the moment and that's what momentum does for you."

Bolton said the fact the wins have come over significant opposition, including fellow finalists Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs, gave the group a great amount of confidence.

"It's been a really good build up," Bolton told AAP.

"The fact that we've been able to play some good quality sides the past few weeks and get the results we wanted shows us we're in the right place right now.

"To be able to beat Fremantle over in Subiaco and Western Bulldogs (at home) has put us in good stead for the finals."

A win to the Swans in the elimination semi-final would continue the Blues' miserable recent finals record, that has seen them fail to win a finals match in nine years.

"They haven't won a final since 2001 I think, so they're going to be extremely hungry to win," Kennelly said.

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