Josh Kennedy of the Swans lines up a shot at goal.
Josh Kennedy of the Swans lines up a shot at goal. DEAN LEWINS

Swans to fly south with confidence

AFL: Midfield star Josh Kennedy says the Swans will meet the Cats head on this Friday night, despite their injury worries and coming off a six-day break.

The competition heavyweights will meet at the MCG with the winner to progress to a fifth grand final in 11 years, either against GWS or the Bulldogs.

The Swans advanced after a crushing 36-point win over Adelaide on Saturday night, but it came at a cost with lively forward Gary Rohan and co-captain Jarrad McVeigh suffering injuries.

Rohan looks certain to miss with a knee injury after being taken from the field on a stretcher, though McVeigh is a chance to line-up after straining his calf muscle.

While young defender Callum Mills (hamstring) will be sidelined, ruckman Kurt Tippett (broken jaw) may return.

Though enduring a bruising encounter at the SCG, the Swans will head south with confidence for the clash at the MCG.

"It was certainly a tough game. We were pretty exhausted by the final siren,” Kennedy, who dominated with a game-high 42 disposals, told reporters yesterday.

"But you certainly pull up a little bit better when you win and you've got a prelim final to look forward to. I'd happily play it tomorrow ... we can't wait to get into it.”

The Swans beat the Cats by 38 points last time the two teams met in Geelong.

The Cats will this time have had two weeks to recover from their qualifying final nail-biter against Hawthorn.

"They're going to be fresh,” Kennedy said. "(But) we're really confident that off the back of last night we can hopefully bring that pressure and intensity again.”

PREMIERSHIP ODDS: GWS $3, Geelong $3, Sydney $4.20, Bulldogs $6. (Courtesy of Sportsbet)


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