Buddy Franklin scores the 1,032nd goal, fifth on the all-time kickers list, ahead of Gary Ablett Sr.
There was no pitch invasion this time, but Buddy Franklin made more AFL history.
In a solid 17.16 (118) to 12.13 (85) Sydney Swans victory over the Adelaide Crows, Franklin scored three goals to move him past AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr. to fifth on the list of all-time goals.
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Although Tony Lockett (1360), Gordon Coventry (1299) and Jason Dunstall (1254) are probably too far for Franklin, he now has Doug Wade’s 1057 in sight.
Franklin’s goals move him up to 1,033, just 24 from fourth place.
At 35, it’s unclear how much time he has left in his career, especially amid contract rumors swirling around him, AFL fans should appreciate Buddy while he’s still around.
“He’s an icon of the sport, he’s on his way to legendary status in the Hall of Fame – but they just needed a good old-school goal from Buddy Franklin, the Swans,” Gerard Healy said when Franklin scored the goal in the third quarter.
Franklin was told to keep playing, scoring the goal around the corner.
While the SCG was nowhere near as full as it was for its 1000th goal and there was no fanfare, this is another milestone as it writes itself even more into the game’s history.
Adelaide formed a danger play for the Swans despite their respective positions on the ladder, but Sydney made no mistakes with the start, taking a 9.3 (57) to 2.3 (15) lead at the start. end of first term.
It was the Swans’ best first quarter against the Crows and the team’s best start since Round 18 1997, when the team had a 65-point first quarter against Melbourne.
It is also the best score of the first quarter of the season so far.
This proved decisive as the Crows won the next two quarters, but were unable to beat the Swans’ rampaging first quarter.