Posts Tagged "Lance Franklin"

The number one lesson of AFL punditry over the past two seasons has been simple: believing what you see unfolding in front of you can pay off. With that in mind, here are some facts about the first three rounds of the season and whether or not you should believe them.

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The biggest achievement of the round was Lance Franklin’s two goals that took him to equal ninth on the list of AFL all-time top 100 goal kickers with Peter McKenna.

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The last three games of Round 2 involved a number of highlights, including the continued good form of Sydney Swans’ forward Lance Franklin.

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We need to talk about Buddy. His opening game of the new season was late on Sunday, in faraway Perth, and since it finished Steve Smith and co. have monopolised the headlines.

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Sometimes you just have to stand up and applaud the brilliance of the player, whether you love him or not. Sunday night was another example of just how unplayable he is at his fierce best.

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The Sydney Swans kicked off their 2018 AFL Premiership campaign in gusto, lead brilliantly from the front by superstar Lance Franklin.

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Sydney forward Lance Franklin has eased his way back into action, but promising Greater Western Sydney midfielder Will Setterfield might have suffered a season-ending knee injury in Friday’s AFL practice match.

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It’s not officially an AFL preseason until a group of The Roar‘s AFL experts come together to create the most necessary list in sport: the top 50 AFL players for 2018.

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It is an impressive statistic that nine of the 18 AFL clubs have a current player on their lists of top ten goal kickers of all time.

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While a number of players have achieved 100 goals in one year, for many others it is a hard-won milestone achieved gradually over their playing career.

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Lance Franklin’s first four years at the Sydney Swans have been quite remarkable. On the surface, he has played 89 games, kicked 280 goals, played two grand finals, been selected three times as an All Australian and won two Coleman Medals.

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The All Australian team seeks to name the all-star team of Australian footballers at the end of the season.

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Concluding our two-part series on the AFL’s most powerful athletes of the past 18 years, today we look at three more superstars, one recently departed.

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It’s not that long ago that other clubs wanted to be like the Sydney Swans and supporters from other clubs looked on in admiration, wondering just what it was like to follow such a team.

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It wasn’t even nominated at the time, but Daniel Rioli’s brilliant goal against West Coast in Round 3 has won the AFL’s goal of the year award at the 2017 Brownlow Medal.

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Life as a Sydney Swans supporter is full of ups and downs. Nothing is more certain – not even taxes – than Victorian media bias against the Harbourside club.

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Sydney’s stunning surge is over and Lance Franklin’s dark night against Geelong personified the Swans’ woes.

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Key tips for AFL defenders playing against Buddy Franklin: whatever you do don’t let him goal side of you and bring reinforcements.

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While many of us are heavily engrossed in the AFL finals after an intriguing opening week, I want to reflect on some of the home-and-away season’s most impressive individual displays.

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Eddie Betts was so mesmerisingly brilliant on Thursday night that several GWS players recognised the privilege of their vantage points and decided to watch the spectacle instead of getting in the way.

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