Sport

'The bag' is back

Hawk superstar Lance Franklin turned it on against the Kangaroos.
Hawk superstar Lance Franklin turned it on against the Kangaroos.

WOW, suddenly 'the bag' is back.

Just when we were lamenting how starved of the big individual goalkicking haul we AFL fans had become, it has made a stunning return.

Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt served up the entree on Friday night against the Saints, booting 8 goals to back up his 6 the previous round against Hawthorn. He had slotted just 17 in the preceding eight weeks.

Then, like a blast from the past, Hawk superstar Lance Franklin turned it on as only he can against the Kangaroos, delivering the main course - 13 goals in an amazing display. 'Buddy' had registered just 11 majors in the six weeks prior.

The race for the Coleman Medal had been intriguing, but Franklin (34) and Riewoldt (31) have made it exciting again.

Heading into round 10, Tom Hawkins had led the goalkicking table with 24.

Now, no disrespect to the Geelong powerhouse - the game has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades with the way teams set up - but Tony Lockett used to swallow that miserly number up in a couple of afternoons when he was at the peak of his powers with the Saints.

Big 'Plugger' dined out on hapless opposition to boot bags of 12, 10 and 12 in his first three games of 1991 on his way to 127 in 17 games for the season.

That was just a sample of his massive appetite. He registered double-figure tallies on 22 occasions throughout his 281-game career.

Staggering, but not shocking. 'Bags' were a regular occurrence in his day.

Of course, there was his old sparring partner, Hawk Jason Dunstall, who kicked 10-or-more 16 times, including hauls of 12, 12, 12 and 17 (one short of Fred Fanning's all-time record of 18) in 1992 alone, and fellow legend Cat Gary Ablett Snr, who notched three bags of 14 (1989, 1993 and 1994) and a couple of 12s (in 1990 and 1993).

Collingwood magician Peter Daicos, West Coast champ Peter Sumich and Adelaide livewire Tony Modra had bests of 13, while even the likes of Billy Brownless slotted 11 in a game long before a became a clown on The Footy Show, and Mark 'Jacko' Jackson and Warwick Capper each snagged 10, when they were already clowns, with Geelong and Sydney respectively.

So much was expected of the stay-at-home key forwards that helmeted spearhead John Hutton, the No.1 draft pick in 1991, got axed by the Brisbane Bears after just one season - a season which yielded a couple of bags of 8 and a total of 43 in 18 games. Not a bad effort by today's standards.

But, times have changed. Shorts are baggier, coaches want a greater spread of goalkickers so as not become too predictable, and players pretty much play everywhere.

On Saturday though, Franklin actually spent the majority of the game in the attacking 50m arc, much to the benefit of the Hawks. He finished with 9 marks inside that area, though, in true Buddy-style, his goals came from every which way - snaps, on the run, you name it.

For SuperCoach devotees, his game equated to 236 points - one of the highest ever tallies.

Franklin's bag was the most since Scott Cummings booted 14 for West Coast in 2000 and only the 13th time since then the 10-goal barrier has been breached by a player.

MOST GOALS SINCE 2000
14 Scott Cummings WC (2000)
12 Mark LeCras WC (2010
11 Matthew Lloyd ES (2003); 11 Stephen Milne SK (2005)
10 Matthew Lloyd ES (2001); 10 Matthew Richardson RI (2004); 10 Fraser Gehrig SK (2004); 10 Scott Cummings WC (2000); 10 Josh Kennedy WC (2011); 10 Jack Riewoldt RI (2010); 10 Jonathan Brown BL (2007); 10 Fraser Gehrig SK (2006)

MOST GOALS IN A GAME ALL-TIME
18 Fred Fanning ME (1947
17 Jason Dunstall HW (1992); 17 Gordon Coventry CW (1930)
16 Tony Lockett SY (1995); 16 Peter McKenna CW (1969; 16 Peter Hudson HW (1969); 16 Gordon Coventry CW (1929)
15 Kelvin Templeton FO (1978); 15 Tony Lockett SK (1992); 15 Bob Pratt SM (1934)

Topics:  afl




I was gonna scare him...

Grafton Courthouse.

Woombah woman gets suspended sentence after sending man through wall

Junior candidates gear up for fun times

2016 Junior Jacaranda Princess candidates (from left) Kate Smith, Faith Sullivan, Maeve Dougherty, Ariana Smajstr, Lucy Hackett, Chloe Hallam and Annelise Uren.

Aspirants are stepping out in style

Successful appeal on phone possession sentence

Grafton jail.

Phone found during search of cell

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

The proof is in the harmonies

FINALISTS: Jacob Reynolds, Grace McDonald, Chloe Skinner and Mitch Reynolds are Living Proof.

Local band hope to win big at competition

Coming up on your TVs this September...

Don't miss A Place to Call Home as season four launches this September.

HERE'S a sneak peek at what's coming up on Foxtel.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m