Lance Franklin’s 300th AFL recreation is prone to be delayed due to a hamstring harm, suffered whereas serving to Sydney to beat former facet Hawthorn by 19 factors.
Franklin, collaborating in his 299th match, booted 4 targets on the SCG on Friday to assist the Swans prevail 12.10 (82) to 9.9 (63) over Buddy’s outdated membership Hawthorn.
The four-time Coleman medallist had been set to rejoice the most-significant milestone of his adorned profession subsequent Saturday on the similar venue, the place the Swans will host Gold Coast.
However a livid Franklin limped off late in Friday evening’s third time period, froze his troublesome left hamstring and performed no half within the fourth quarter.
The 32-year-old recommended after the sport he’s prone to be sidelined for 2 or three weeks nevertheless it could possibly be even longer based mostly on his stop-start restoration from a current minor hamstring pressure.
“It’s disappointing. It’s been a irritating yr,” Franklin mentioned on the Seven Community.
The Swans kicked 6.1 (37) within the first quarter, with Franklin dobbing two targets in his membership’s most-prolific begin to a recreation at dwelling in virtually a yr, however the Hawks fought laborious to scale back the 30-point result in a seven-point buffer at halftime.
Franklin struggled earlier this yr, having underdone groin surgical procedure that ruined his pre-season, then missed rounds 6-9 due to a hamstring harm.
The veteran had seemingly returned to his finest, backing up a match-winning haul of 5 targets in opposition to West Coast by creating all method of complications for opponent James Frawley, previous to tweaking his hamstring whereas taking off for a lead.
Swans coach John Longmire recommended there was no level speculating till Franklin had scans.
“He’s a champion participant. He had no pre-season,” Longmire mentioned.
“We are able to’t do something about it now. We’ll see how this rehab is and get him going once more.”
Alastair Clarkson was unhappy to see former cost Franklin’s 300th celebrations delayed.
“He’s made an ideal contribution to the sport, each at our membership and up right here,” Clarkson mentioned.
Sydney held on regardless of Franklin’s absence and a doable concussion to ruckman Callum Sinclair, who won’t keep in mind his 100th recreation.
Sinclair’s head slapped the bottom at a nasty angle when he tried to take a low mark quickly after kicking the opening purpose of the ultimate quarter.
The 19-year-old Nick Blakey stood up for the Swans with two targets and a spectacular pack mark within the last time period, whereas Luke Parker spearheaded an impressed Sydney midfield who hardly resembled that which struggled a lot throughout their 1-6 begin to the season.
A few half-time spot-fires recommended it was going to be one more shut and cantankerous contest between the rivals, whose previous six conferences had been determined by a median margin of eight factors.
4-time premiership ahead Jarryd Roughead, recalled after an prolonged stint within the VFL, snapped a second-quarter purpose however couldn’t stamp his affect on the sport as a lot nearly as good mate Franklin.