Lance Franklin – Australian Football League (NSW)

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About Lance Franklin – Australian Football League (NSW)

Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin is an AFL superstar. With three Coleman medals, two premierships, five time all-Australian team member and recipient of the Peter Crimmins medal under his belt it’s easy to see why he’s referred to as the most exciting footballer of his generation. Lance’s professional AFL career started when he was drafted to Hawthorn Football in the 2004 national draft. Debuting in the first round of the 2005 season, Lance showed a strong presence up forward and played 20 out of 22 games, kicking 27 goals. From there Lance continued to work hard on his game and in 2008 established himself as one of the elite players in the competition. In this career-best season, Lance won his first Coleman Medal, kicked his 100th goal (first player of Aboriginal descent) and, in an already stellar year, went onto win the premiership with Hawthorn. The wins didn’t stop there with Lance named, in his first ever selection, full-forward in the All-Australian Team and recipient of the Peter Crimmins medal for his outstanding season.

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From 2009 Lance maintained his form and continued to deliver; playing his 100th game; winning goal of the year and named in the All-Australian Team in 2010 – 14; securing his 2nd Coleman medal in 2011 and winning his second premiership with Hawthorn in 2012. After nine seasons, 182 games and two flags with Hawthorn, Lance decided to play out the remaining years of his AFL career as a Swan – and in his first year, he didn’t disappoint.

 Despite taking a few weeks to find his feet in his new side, Lance showed on numerous occasions why he’s considered one of the most dangerous players in the competition and was able to lead the Swans to several victories with his on-field brilliance.

Sporting Achievements Coleman Medal Winner: 2008, 2011 and 2014 Peter Crimmins Medal: 2008 Premiership side: 2008, 2013 All-Australian Team: 2008, 2010 – 2012 and 2014 Hawthorn leading goal kicker: 2007 – 2012 Swans leading goal kicker: 2014 Lance’s on-field brilliance and impact on the game have earned him commentary from “the biggest sports star in town” to “the face of the franchise, but also the face of the AFL”. While some say that Lance’s stature has grown even bigger than “King Carrey”, Lance’s feet remain firmly on the ground.

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