Written by AFL Online on 31st Aug 2008
Hawthorn star forward Lance Franklin has become the first player to kick 100 goals in a season since Fraser Gehrig in 2004 and the first player to kick a ton in a home-and-away season since Tony Lockett in 1998.
Franklin needed just two goals going into Saturday nights clash against Carlton and he produced them in the first 25 minutes of the game sparking a crowd evasion which stopped play for 10 minutes and saw Buddy escorted from the field until the arena was cleared.
Despite the warnings from the AFL of heavy fines for pitch envaders, thousands of fans flooded the ground after the milestone goal.
Franklin becomes the first indigenous player to kick 100 goals in a home-and-away season and is the first Hawk to kick a ton since Jason Dunstall back in 1996.
Carlton’s Brendon Fevola, who was a long shot to kick his ton coming into the game on 92 goals, was cruely denied leaving him stranded on 99 goals for the season. Fevola was held goalless in the first half before bagging seven goals in the second half to leave him one short of the ton.