On September 28, 2013, Hawthorn’s Buddy Franklin and Jarryd Roughead performed their final recreation collectively as teammates.
The duo was a part of Hawthorn’s 13-point victory over Fremantle, claiming the premiership in entrance of over 100,000 followers on the MCG.
They kicked three targets between them.
It has been an eventful 5 and a half years since that final Saturday in September 2013; their careers taking two totally different, but equally sensible paths.
Shortly after the 2013 premiership, Buddy accepted a mega nine-year, $10 million take care of the Sydney Swans and left his associate in crime, Roughy, and fellow Hawthorn teammates in Melbourne.
They met on the identical stage 12 months later, this time on opposing groups, as Hawthorn defeated Sydney within the 2014 grand last.
Roughy and the Hawks did it once more in 2015, whereas in 2016 Buddy and his Swans as soon as once more fell on the last hurdle, in a grand last defeat to the Western Bulldogs.
They’ve each confronted their very own well being challenges.
On the eve of the 2015 last sequence, Franklin stepped away from soccer to prioritise his psychological well being, which he mentioned had been “a difficulty for a short while”.
Franklin’s psychological well being points coincided with Roughy’s most cancers diagnoses, which noticed him step away from the sport for the whole 2016 season.
Regardless of the challenges confronted by the pair, who each turned 32 earlier this 12 months, there has additionally been loads of success.
Six premierships, ten All Australians and 5 Coleman medals between them… simply to call just a few.
And they’re two family names that will likely be remembered and celebrated for many years to come back.
With each new season, the pair face a unique destiny and totally different circumstances to navigate by means of.
2019 has introduced a brand new set of challenges that has left the pair, their followers and the soccer world questioning the place to from right here for Buddy and Roughy?
This challenge is just not essentially that of every participant, however the golf equipment themselves.
Every membership has loved an period of sustained success that seems to be coming to an finish… for now anyway.
For the primary time in a really very long time, each the Swans and Hawks are dealing with the very actual chance of a listing cleanout and rebuild.
So what does that imply for Buddy and Roughy?
Effectively, they’ve each been the subject of commerce in 2019.
It began with Buddy earlier this 12 months, when Collingwood legend Tony Shaw prompt that the Swans ought to look to commerce the famous person ahead to a 3rd membership, as he believes the premiership window for each events is closing.
Then it was Roughy’s flip, with Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew all however confirming his membership is making an attempt to lure the previous Hawthorn captain as much as Queensland.
Whereas it will most certainly be in a mentoring position, that doesn’t make it any much less a giant story. Simply ask former Hawthorn teammate turned Brisbane Lions defender Luke Hodge.
The fixed commentary and hypothesis surrounding the 2 males is all properly and good and even considerably anticipated because of the media saturation in our recreation.
However the factor is, each are nonetheless key gamers and contributors to their golf equipment, even whether it is in a unique capability.
They proved that on Friday evening.
Let’s begin with Buddy.
Regardless of his damage considerations, everyone knows his functionality and that he’s nonetheless a famous person of the competitors.
Gamers might lose their health and decelerate with age, however they by no means lose their expertise.
Buddy, in recreation 299 was no exception.
On Friday evening, he kicked 4 first-half targets earlier than struggling a hamstring damage towards his previous facet.
And that’s been the story of his season up to now.
He’s nonetheless bought the wow issue and continues to be having a significant affect on video games however he’s suffered a few damage hiccups alongside the way in which.
He’s bagged 23 targets from 9 appearances in 2019, proving he’s nonetheless as succesful and as essential as ever.
It’s his spark that Sydney nonetheless must encourage them to victory.
On Friday evening, he began what the following technology managed to complete and whereas they’re nonetheless in that transitioning interval, it’s clear that they nonetheless want him on their facet.
On the different finish, Roughy didn’t have as a lot of an affect, however as all true leaders do, he stood up in a few massive moments. His one aim got here late within the second quarter to deliver Hawthorn again to inside seven factors on the primary change.
He additionally had three tackles and 5 one-percenters for the night, taking up a strain ahead position. He tailored to suit the group’s necessities.
However Roughy’s significance to the Hawks shone by means of properly forward of the spherical 14 conflict, in his interview with AFL360.
Final Tuesday evening he spoke candidly about his type in 2019, notably about being dropped following spherical seven.
“Everybody asks are you offended or are you unhappy? We’ve had our careers. I really feel extra unhappy for somebody like Paddy McCartin going by means of what he’s going by means of,” he mentioned to hosts Mark Robinson and Gerard Whateley.
“Now us, as a footy collective, have been robbed of seeing a No. 1 draft decide go at it. If you put it into perspective like that, us taking part in VFL for half a 12 months doesn’t actually matter.”
His skill to view the state of affairs and touch upon it as if he have been an outsider, somewhat than in it himself is invaluable to the membership and really displays the selfless character that he’s.
Placing the membership’s wants earlier than his personal is not going to solely quick observe their unofficial “rebuild”, however he’s utilizing it as motivation to enhance his personal recreation and compete for a spot again within the senior facet.
Jarryd Roughead and Buddy Franklin will endlessly be two greats of our recreation.
The place they’ve been, what they’ve finished and what they’ve conquered has been nothing in need of inspiring.
And they’re nonetheless very much-required figures at their respective golf equipment, albeit in a unique capability.
Their expertise and management continues to be second to none.
We ought to be embracing their strengths and the way they execute them in several roles at their golf equipment.
Buddy might solely handle two thirds of a season resulting from damage, however when he’s on, he’s nonetheless probably the most harmful ahead within the recreation.
Roughy continues to be important in these key moments in play and as a Hawthorn chief, he can encourage others to step up and take the reigns.
Whereas we’ve nonetheless bought them, we should always get pleasure from them and have a good time them.