Player ratings: Buddy Franklin vs Carlton Blues, Round 23 2017

Image courtesy of Phil Hillyard

There aren't many games these days when players single-handedly outscore their opponents.

The last time Franklin went big, he kicked 13 goals against North Melbourne in his second last season for Hawthorn, with Anthony Hudson's famous catch-cry "thirteen! thirteen!" still ringing the ears of football fans.

His 10 goal haul against Carlton was his 2nd biggest in his stellar career, and sealed his fourth Coleman medal coming from 5 behind to win it.

B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
HB: Nic Newman, Lewis Melican, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Jake Lloyd
HF: Gary Rohan, Lance Franklin, Dean Towers
F: George Hewett, Kurt Tippett, Sam Reid
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Kieren Jack
I/C: Harry Cunningham, Will Hayward, Zak Jones, Callum Mills

40: Nick Smith
Another solid night, very tidy on the ball, not often beaten, did a good job on Pickett.
39: Heath Grundy
Will never make All Australian even though he's been the best full back in the league since 2012/13.
43: Lewis Melican
Did what he had to do with minimal fuss. Didn't have a great game with ball in hand.
10: Zak Jones
Yes sir, can we have some more of that run and dash and inside 50 kicking please, sir.
24: Dane Rampe
Something about 70s porn star mo's that makes him perform well, along with that absurdly good robe. I really want one.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
Had his moments, played just over half the game, clearly being managed.
28: Nic Newman
Comes straight back in, ignores Buddy, dishes it to Rohan and kicks his own in the last quarter. HE IGNORED BUDDY! Should get -10 for that.
5: Isaac Heeney
Not a great night, could have had 3 goals, should have had 3 goals, finished with 1 and not much of an impact on the game.
29: George Hewett
I love the way he goes about it, 20 disposals, 10 contested.
26: Luke Parker
Some of the centre clearance work was as good as it gets, but then again, Carlton resembled blue cones at times.
12: Josh Kennedy
Didn't miss a beat and would have been best on ground if it wasn't for Franklin shenanigans
44: Jake Lloyd
Just keeps it ticking over with nous and skill.
22: Dean Towers
Better performance, racked up 16, had a few really good moments and stepped up when Sinclair and Tippett were both off the ground.
23: Lance Franklin
10 goals, 25 disposals, 11 contested, 2 contested marks from 10, 6 inside 50s, more than 650 metres gained, 10 goals. Wow. One of the best individual games you'll ever see. Kicked 10.2, his contract is $10.2m, numerology...
15: Kieren Jack
Deserves a 9 alone for that spectacular smother, had his moments, was a bit quiet throughout.
8: Kurt Tippett
Struck down early in the 1st after kicking his goal, injured throughout and didn't play the final quarter.
20: Sam Reid
Kicked a sausage, might have done 1 or 2 ruck contests, and spent almost the entire 2nd quarter in defence when the Swans were leaking like a sieve
7: Harry Cunningham
Rusty, had a few moments, still finished with 14 and 4 tackles.
9: Will Hayward
Mr Efficiency. 3 kicks, 3 disposals, 3 goals. Did some defensive work, and his goals are always valuable...
16: Gary Rohan
Had a really good game, some massive defensive acts inside the forward 50, superb chase down tackle and smother, and finished with 3 goals, including a spectacular adventure into the crowd
18: Callum Sinclair
Rolled his ankle early in the 2nd and was slowed a little, but still finished with 22 hit outs, 17 disposals, 6 marks, 3 clearances, 4 tackles and 5 inside 50s. No way he gets dropped off the back of that performance, keeping Kruezer honest.
14: Callum Mills
I like the finer things in life, good food, well made covfefe, succulant fruits, rich chocolate cakes and Callum Mills.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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