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Walsh scores goal but Sydney are outclassed by Geelong

IT was a disappointing weekend for Tommy Walsh's Sydney Swans as they succumbed to a 34-point loss to reigning Premiers Geelong and in doing so conceded the chance to host a home final next weekend.

The Harbour City side must travel to Adelaide to take on the Crows instead of what would have been a fixture with vocal home support at the SCG.

The Swans final placing of third on the AFL ladder meant they narrowly miss out on the home clash but it still gives them two chances to remain in contention in September.

If they win next weekend, they'll have a week off ahead of the preliminary final (semi-final) but if they lose they'll go through to a knock out fixture to book their place.

While it won't be much consolation to the Kerry man, Walsh made his presence felt on the scoreboard kicking his third goal in AFL having notched up two in his round eight debut against the Melbourne Demons.

However he was subbed off in the third quarter.

Walsh isn't the only Irish player who is hoping to make an impact during September, Collingwood also qualified for finals football finishing fourth on the ladder.

However, it remains to be seen whether there'll be any Irish involvement in Friday night's blockbuster clash against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Caolan Mooney is recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in round 21, while Down's Martin Clarke hasn't featured for the senior side since he was dropped after his display that same weekend.

Elsewhere, the rest of the AFL's Irish contingent is free to enjoy the obligatory 'Mad Monday' celebrations with Zach Tuohy's Carlton and Pearce Hanley and Niall McKeever's Brisbane Lions failing to finish in the top eight and therefore miss out on September action.