Lance Franklin

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Lance Franklin
Lance Franklin.jpg
Franklin playing for Hawthorn in 2012
Personal information
Full name Lance Franklin
Nickname(s) Buddy
Date of birth (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Perth (WAFL)
Draft No. 5, 2004 National Draft, Hawthorn
Height/Weight 198 cm / 102 kg
Position(s) Full Forward
Club information
Current club Sydney
Number 23
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
182 (580)
021 0(75)
203 (655)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (4)
International team honours
2013 Australia 1 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 19, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Lance "Buddy" Franklin (born 30 January 1987) is a professional Australian rules footballer. Franklin plays for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for the Hawthorn Football Club for 9 seasons between 2005 and 2013.

Early life[edit]

Lance Franklin was born in Perth. Franklin grew up in Dowerin, Western Australia. He supported the Melbourne Football Club. At 15, he won a sports scholarship, he boarded at Wesley College, Perth.[1] He played one senior game for the Perth Football Club in 2004, kicking one goal,[2] and represented Western Australia at the AFL National Under 18 Championships.


2005: AFL debut[edit]

After attending draft camp and showing promise, Hawthorn selected Franklin with their second pick, number five overall, in the 2004 AFL Draft. During his 9 July 2012 interview for On The Couch Franklin admitted that his 'free spirit' probably scared a few clubs away from selecting him that year. Debuting in Round 1 of the 2005 season, he had a strong presence up forward and played 20 out of 22 games, contributing 27 goals.


After injuring an ankle and a hand early in the 2006 season, Franklin returned through the Victorian Football League for his first AFL game of the season in Round 9 against Sydney. In Round 12, he kicked six goals against Richmond.

On 13 July 2006 he signed a new two year deal with Hawthorn after being linked with clubs such as Essendon, West Coast and Fremantle. Another six goal game late in the season prompted predictions of Franklin to be the next big name forward in the AFL.

2007: Breakthrough year[edit]

Franklin in Round 18 in 2007 against Essendon. In Round 6 of the same year, he kicked nine goals against the Bombers, in which the Hawks won by 63 points[3]

In the 2007 season Franklin finished the home and away season with 63 goals, putting him third in the Coleman Medal tally behind runner up Matthew Pavlich of Fremantle and the eventual winner, Jonathan Brown of Brisbane. Franklin's tally included nine goals in Hawthorn's win against Essendon in Round 6. However, in Round 21 against the Western Bulldogs, he kicked 11 behinds with his two goals. Only Jack Titus and St Kilda's Dave McNamara have kicked more behinds in a game without managing more than two goals. However, despite Franklin's inaccuracy, Hawthorn still won the match. In the 1st Elimination Final of 2007, the Hawks mounted a big comeback in the second half against Adelaide. Franklin was instrumental in the win, kicking seven goals on his finals' debut, including the winning goal from outside 50 metres with seven seconds left.[4][5][6][7] Hawthorn were eliminated out of the Finals the following week by North Melbourne.

Franklin finished the season with nine and seven goal games (the latter against Adelaide in the 1st Elimination Final), as well as four games with five goals or more. He came equal third in the club's best and fairest award and was the leading goalkicker for Hawthorn.[8]

2008: First Coleman Medal and premiership[edit]

Buddy brought up his first ton in 2008, becoming the first person to kick 100 goals in a season in a decade[9]

2008 saw Franklin establish himself as one of the elite players in the competition and became the winner of the Coleman Medal with 102 goals in the home-and-away season. His season-high of nine goals came against Essendon in Round 11.[10] He also played for the Dream Team, kicking four goals in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match.

Franklin kicked his 100th goal for the home and away season against Carlton in Round 22, becoming the first to kick 100 goals in the AFL home and away season since Tony Lockett in 1998 and the first Hawthorn player since Jason Dunstall in 1996, to reach 100 goals in a season. Upon reaching the milestone, several thousand supporters stormed the field and formed a large huddle around Franklin who was shortly ushered off the field into the change rooms until the ground had cleared. Prior to the match, the AFL had warned of a $6000 fine for every person who jumped the fence.[11] He also was the first Aboriginal player to achieve this.[12] He then added to that by kicking another eight goals in a qualifying final against the Western Bulldogs, tying with Dermot Brereton for the most goals kicked by a Hawthorn player in a finals match. He kicked just one goal against St. Kilda in the preliminary final, before Hawthorn went on to win the Grand Final and the premiership. Although Franklin did not play a large part in the Grand Final, his two goals brought the season's total up to 113 goals. He then received the Peter Crimmins Medal (Hawthorn's best and fairest award) a week later for his consistent and high-level season.[13]


Buddy played his 50th AFL game, all with Hawthorn, against Essendon in Round 18, 2007

Franklin missed the 2009 NAB Cup after undergoing surgery on his thumb and his shoulder following Hawthorn's premiership.[15] On his return to senior football his form fell well short of his 2008 performances.[16] He played his 100th game in Round 19 of the 2009 AFL season against St Kilda at Hawthorn's second home, Aurora Stadium in Tasmania. During the game, one of Franklin's teeth fell out during a marking contest between the forward and Zac Dawson.[17]

After Round 21 2009, Franklin was suspended for two games as a result of a hip and shoulder against Richmond player Ben Cousins.[18][19] The Hawks appealed the decision, but failed.[20] As a result, Franklin missed the Hawks' final home-and-away match against the Essendon Bombers, which the Hawks lost and therefore missed out the finals, causing Buddy to miss Round 1, 2010.


After a disappointing year for Franklin and Hawthorn, the team had a positive start in 2010, defeating Richmond at Aurora Stadium in the first round of the NAB Cup. During the first quarter, Franklin kicked three of the five goals he kicked during the game.[21]

Without Franklin for its round one match against Melbourne, Hawthorn won comfortably by more than 50 points before losing their next six matches in succession. Franklin was suspended against Collingwood in Round 4 and also missed the Round 7 clash against West Coast but on return kicked five goals against North Melbourne and Essendon in Rounds 5 and 6 respectively. Franklin was back to his best form in Round 9 against Carlton at Docklands Stadium, in which he led Hawthorn to a 50 point win.[22][23] He contributed with five goals.[24] He showed glimpses of his 2008 form and looked to have his goal kicking form back as he was averaging more than three goals a game in his career, 106 games for 324 goals. However, in Round 10, Franklin was suspended for the third time in eight matches for a head-high bump on Sydney defender Martin Mattner.

In Round 13, just before the mid-year break, Lance Franklin effectively dragged Hawthorn over the line for a win against their arch-rival, Essendon.[25][26][27] He kicked five goals for the match, but his two last ones were the standout highlights.[28] The first one of which Franklin retrieved the football from team-mate Jordan Lewis near the wing and sprinted quickly along the boundary line towards goal, before kicking a bouncing ball through for a goal from 50 metres out at a tight angle. In his fifth and final goal for the night, Franklin ran up the ground towards the back half and again retrieved the ball. He then ran quickly towards the goal along the boundary line, but this time his shot for goal was much tighter. However, he still kicked a goal, sparking his team-mates, who were able to respond to the challenge by the Bombers.[28] Franklin ended up with 26 disposals and 10 marks, making him the "Man of the Match".[27][29] The win left Hawthorn in the Top 8, with their win-loss ratio at 7–6. Alastair Clarkson, the Hawthorn coach, later said: "He was pretty special. Those goals from the boundary were unbelievable stuff. He played consistently well right throughout the course of the game."[27][28]

Round 17 against St Kilda saw Franklin playing well after coming back from an ankle injury which had sidelined him the previous week against Brisbane. He kicked five goals, his best against the Saints.[30] Despite his performance, the Saints forced a draw during the final seconds of the match, resulting in both teams sharing the four points.

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Franklin's goal in Round 13 against Essendon

In the last round of the home and away season, Round 22, Franklin kicked six goals against Collingwood,[31] helping the Hawks clinch a three-point come-from-behind victory against the minor premiers. It was the first time he kicked more than five goals since 2008. On 13 September his memorable goal in Round 13 against Essendon was chosen as the "Goal of the Year". Frankin was also selected for the All-Australian team.


Franklin at training

After a moderately good year in 2010, Hawthorn started 2011 with a loss to Adelaide which saw Franklin play only a minor role in the match. The next three rounds saw the Hawks begin to show their premiership form as they beat Melbourne, Richmond and West Coast. In Round 8 at the SCG, Franklin kicked his 400th goal for Hawthorn in a six goal game as the Hawks beat the Swans by 46 points. He continued his consistent goal kicking form for the remainder of the year, including eight goals against Port Adelaide at the MCG in Round 21. By the end of the home and away season, Franklin had achieved his second John Coleman medal, despite spending a significant amount of time in the midfield.

Franklin was Hawthorn's sole target up forward in their qualifying final loss to Geelong, kicking four goals. However, in the fourth quarter, he landed heavily in a marking contest and hyper-extended his knee. While footage of the incident suggested possible damage to his ACL, scans later revealed that he had instead suffered bone bruising and bleeding. Nevertheless, most observers considered Franklin's season to be over. However, he returned the following week against Sydney, kicking four goals and playing an important part in the Hawks' eventual win.

Despite spending time in hospital with a virus in the lead-up, Franklin was a constant danger against Collingwood in their preliminary final. He kicked three goals, including a dramatic dribble kick from the forward pocket, which appeared to seal victory for the Hawks until Luke Ball kicked a late winner for the Magpies. Franklin was named the All-Australian full forward for his season.


Franklin struggled early in the season with inaccurate goal kicking, scoring 21 goals, 36 behinds in the first nine matches.[32] He dramatically reversed his fortunes in Round 10 when he booted a career high 13 goals, 4 behinds, to assist in the demolition of North Melbourne in Launceston by 115 points.[33] He also became they 5th player of the year to reach 500 career goals in a 162 point thrashing of AFL newcomers GWS Giants. He is the second indigenous player to reach 500 goals, the fifth Hawthorn player, the seventh youngest and the 10th quickest from debut.[34] He injured his hamstring in round 14, but surprisingly played the next week before he injured it further and was substituted out of the game.[35] It was announced at the end of the season that Franklin was the most popular player in the AFL in terms of products sold online in 2012. According to IMG Sports Technology Group, the organisation which handles e-commerce facilities for the AFL and the AFL clubs, Franklin was more than twice as popular as the second ranked player, teammate Cyril Rioli.[36] In the 2012 AFL Grand Final he kicked three goals but Hawthorn were defeated by the Sydney Swans.

2013: Second premiership and move to the Sydney Swans[edit]

Lance Franklin Tatoos

Franklin played in the 2013 AFL Grand Final in which Hawthorn defeated Fremantle. This was the second time that he played in a Hawthorn premiership winning side. He kicked 60 goals for the season, the first time since 2006 that he'd kicked less than three goals per game, as he became less of a focal point for the team's attacks.[37] However his season was dominated with media focus on his contractual situation.

Before the 2013 season started, Franklin announced that he would not discuss his contract with Hawthorn until the end of the season. Having played for nine seasons at Hawthorn, he was classified as a restricted free agent at the end of the season.[38] Greater Western Sydney[39] and Fremantle were considered the most likely destinations if Franklin was to choose to leave Hawthorn.[38]

On 1 October 2013 the Giants withdrew their offer of $1.2 million per year for six years in the belief that Franklin was set to sign with the Sydney Swans.[40] The Hawthorn Football Club released a statement on 1 October which revealed that Franklin would explore his options in the free agency period.[41] The Hawks had the right to refuse any free agency offer and keep Franklin if they could match the terms of an offered contract.

The Sydney Swans' chairman, Andrew Ireland, said on 1 October that the contract offered to Franklin was a nine-year deal and that Franklin's management first approached the Swans about the move shortly after the 2012 AFL Grand Final, when Franklin played in a losing side against the Swans.[42] On 2 October, Franklin said that he did not make his decision to move to Sydney until the "last minute". He also said that he was "looking forward to getting up to Sydney. It's a great footy club and as I said I had to pack my bags up at Hawthorn and saying goodbye to the boys is something very tough, and upsetting too."[43] On 3 October, Franklin's manager, Liam Pickering, revealed that the nine-year contract is so back ended that he will be making less money in his first two years with the Swans than he was at Hawthorn in 2013.

Franklin officially joined the Sydney Swans on 8 October after Hawthorn decided against matching the offer made to the restricted free agent.[44] A day later Franklin was unveiled by the Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[45] A week later Franklin travelled to Ireland with the Australian team for the 2013 International Rules Series. It was the first time Franklin had represented Australia and he managed one over in his first game. Following the first game he travelled back to Australia for a wedding and was unable to participate in the second test.[46]

2014: First season with Sydney[edit]

In 2014 Franklin continued to wear the number 23 that he previously wore for Hawthorn.[47] He made his debut for the Sydney Swans in Round 1 of the 2014 AFL season in the Sydney Derby against crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney at Skoda Stadium and finished the game with one goal.

Franklin won his third Coleman Medal kicking 67 goals in 19 matches during the home and away season.

Personal life[edit]

Franklin's father, Lance Sr, lived in Melbourne, and played hockey for Victoria before he moved to Western Australia at 21. Lance Sr represented Western Australia in field hockey.[48] His mother Ursula (née Kickett) is part-Aborigine (Nyoongar).[1][49] His older sister, Bianca Giteau, plays in the ANZ Championship for the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Franklin has a variety of tattoos dedicated to his Indigenous heritage.[50] He is currently dating 2010 Miss Universe Australia model Jesinta Campbell.[51]


Statistics are correct as of Finals Week 3 of the 2014 season [52]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Franklin won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Hawthorn 38 20 21 13 140 73 213 75 39 1.1 0.7 10.7 3.7 10.7 3.8 2.0
2006 Hawthorn 23 14 31 9 98 58 156 53 25 2.2 0.6 7.0 4.1 11.1 3.8 1.8
2007 Hawthorn 23 22 73 62 201 92 293 123 49 3.3 2.8 9.1 4.2 13.3 5.6 2.2
2008 Hawthorn 23 25 113 88 308 75 383 158 50 4.5 3.5 12.3 3.0 15.3 6.3 2.0
2009 Hawthorn 23 21 67 46 187 129 316 109 48 3.2 2.2 8.9 6.1 15.0 5.2 2.3
2010 Hawthorn 23 18 64 42 205 115 320 100 68 3.6 2.3 11.4 6.4 17.8 5.6 3.8
2011 Hawthorn 23 22 82 61 250 151 401 130 73 3.7 2.8 11.4 6.9 18.2 5.9 3.3
2012 Hawthorn 23 19 69 64 250 100 350 111 71 3.6 3.4 13.2 5.3 18.4 5.8 3.7
2013 Hawthorn 23 21 60 37 214 115 329 86 52 2.9 1.8 10.2 5.5 15.7 4.1 2.5
2014 Sydney 23 21 75 49 256 97 353 134 66 3.6 2.3 12.2 4.6 16.8 6.4 3.1
Career 203 655 471 2109 1005 3114 1079 541 3.2 2.3 10.4 5.0 15.3 5.3 2.7

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2005 1
2006 5
2007 5
2008 20
2009 4
2010 10
2011 20
2012 12
2013 5
Total 82
Green / Bold = Won


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