Swans remind Buddy of rare blank

Teammates haven’t let Lance Franklin forget going goalless for the first time in more than a year.


The 2014 Coleman Medallist failed to kick a goal for the first time in 23 AFL games in Sydney’s win over Melbourne at the MCG last Saturday.

“It was quite funny, one of the boys actually put some doughnuts in my locker this week, and had a little bit of a laugh at that,” Franklin said at the SCG on Tuesday.

With 16 goals to his name so far, Franklin has four more than the corresponding stage last season.

The powerful forward wasn’t irked by his failure to register anything more substantial than a couple of behinds against Melbourne.

“Not at all, it’s all about a team game and playing a role for your football club,” Franklin said.

He proved there was more to his game than just kicking goals by picking up a personal season-high 22 touches against Melbourne

However, the 28-year-old spearhead warned there was plenty of personal and team upside left after the Swans’ 4-2 start.

“I think my form has been okay, but there’s still a lot of improvement not only in me, but improvement in all players on our list,” Franklin said.

“We’ve been up and down at times this season, but from this point on we want to play as consistent football as we can and it starts this week.”

Next up for the Swans is a Saturday night assignment at ANZ Stadium, against Geelong, the team Franklin has his worst winning percentage against, with just five victories in 17 games.

He played for Hawthorn during their infamous “Kennett Curse” period against the Cats, but his only game for Sydney against Geelong resulted in a whopping 110-point victory for the Swans at the SCG last year.

“We haven’t thought about that game at all,” Franklin said.