Posts Tagged "Lance Franklin"

For much of Saturday night at Spotless Stadium, the Giants coasted on their talent until they were finally struck with a punishing blow of cruel irony: the most talented player on the field was playing for the other team.

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Sydney have shored up their status as the AFL’s form side with the help of Lance Franklin, outgunning Greater Western Sydney by 13 points in an enthralling derby at Spotless Stadium.

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I’d take a punch to the head from Tom Bugg or Ali Fahour any day before ever having depression again. In 47 years of life I’m yet to have experienced anything worse.

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A month ago, this looked like a Friday fizzer. After Essendon’s consolidation and Sydney’s return to form, it’s now a game for a spot in the top eight – at least temporarily.

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I just read Sam Duncan’s article, ‘Like it or not, the AFL needs the mainstream media‘.

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Coming into Indigenous round this week, it’s fascinating to revisit Buddy Franklin’s charge up the all-time goal-kicking ranks.

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Over-umpiring is the bane of my existence.

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Sydney superstar Lance Franklin will come under scrutiny by the AFL match review panel after his fiery altercation with Brisbane’s Nick Robertson.

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It may have taken until Round 7, but the Sydney Swans have claimed their first win of the 2017 AFL season in dominant style on Saturday afternoon, running away the winners over the Brisbane Lions by 54 points.

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The key forward. A sometimes hulking, stoic figure. Sometimes an agile, speedy individual.

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Winless Collingwood’s final appearance on the Friday night stage for the year sees them travel to face a winless Sydney Swans. It’s obvious, but worth stating: the loser will be 0-3 and, well behind in the race for finals football.

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The Sydney Swans will be looking to finally get their first premiership with their two big signings in Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

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Sydney have played finals in each of the last seven years, and 13 of the last 14. They have finished in the top four on the ladder for five years in a row.

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Let’s face it, these lists are little more than an exercise in self indulgence. So without further ado. here’s mine.

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Three years ago, Lance Franklin joined the Sydney Swans as a restricted free agent. A nine-year, $10 million deal that set off a chain of events that continues to unfold today. One-third of the way into the deal, what’s happened?

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It’s been a week since the Bulldogs astonished the footy world by winning their club’s second premiership, in which forward Tom Boyd played arguably his breakout game.

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Early in the week, the Lance Franklin ten-year mega signing came up again and it was interesting to hear Buddy and John Longmire’s comments.

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Genius is sharp and sudden. It doesn’t run to a timeline, and it doesn’t wait for a single date – like the final Saturday of a season. It’s unexpected, and that’s what makes it so special.

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He craves it and will do everything in his power, but Lance Franklin says he does not need an AFL premiership to justify his move to Sydney.

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Liam Picken is the unlikely hero of the Western Bulldogs’ finals campaign and also the unlikely leader of The Roar’s AFL Finals MVP award at this early stage.

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