Six-goal run brings Franklin to nervous 990
Lance Franklin took another big step towards the 1,000 goal milestone as Sydney prepared for the AFL final with a towering 87-point win over Gold Coast, but a further injury to Callum Mills took some of the shine off it.
Rested from last week’s win over North Melbourne, a refreshed Franklin scored six goals to bring his career tally to 992 and increase the increasingly realistic chance of breaking the four-figure mark this September.
Swans fans will desperately hope that he can wait until 2022 to be able to enjoy the moment in person, preferably at SCG, but the deeper his team goes to the final, the higher the chances that he will score the remaining eight goals he needs. there.
Not that I’m obsessed with it, but Franklin seems in no mood to wait. Buddy played like a man possessed on Saturday, demanding the ball from his teammates at almost every opportunity and hunting it down with intent whenever the opposition had it in a classic performance from the 34-year-old.
He nailed the opening goal of the game with a 55-meter kick after just 23 seconds at Marvel Stadium and ended the first period with a fixed-shot run that drew his signature arc.
They were part of a string of seven unanswered goals from Sydney that opened up a 41-point lead before the unfortunate Suns, who were bidding farewell to duo Jarrod Harbrow and Zac Smith, finally kicked one of their own. At that stage, the stinger had been well and truly taken out of the contest and the result was beyond doubt, turning the second half into a boring procession.
The final scoreline read 21.10 (136) to 6.13 (49), marking the Swans as the highest score of the year for the Swans.
Franklin finished with 6.2, 13 eliminations, seven marks and five tackles, but gave up several other scoring opportunities to better placed teammates, suggesting that any personal recognition will be a happy byproduct of his soccer rather than his central goal. Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley also scored three goals each.
Sydney’s only real blemish for the afternoon surrounded Mills, who was selected despite a complaint from Achilles that has kept him out for the past two weeks.