Buddy 1000, Lance Franklin 1000th goal, ground invasion, SCG plans, game to be stopped 20 minutes

The AFL is reportedly preparing for a mid-match break of up to 20 minutes as it creates plans for Lance Franklin’s upcoming 1000th goal.

Buddy heads into Friday night’s clash with Geelong sitting on 996 majors, four away from becoming the sixth member of the four-digit club. He kicked one goal against GWS in Round 1.

Nine reports the league has prepared a 20-minute video package of Buddy’s highlights to be played after he kicks his milestone major.

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It may not be played in its entirety with plans for a midgame break of “up to 20 minutes” as ground staff remove all supporters who have surged onto the field.

The two teams are likely to be escorted from the ground with Franklin interviewed in the rooms before play resumes.

On paper fans who run onto the SCG, or whichever ground Franklin kicks his 1000th goal, will be fined $5500 but as a practical matter that will be difficult.

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Around 40,000 fans are expected to attend the Swans-Cats game even though rain is predicted.

Jason Dunstall, Gary Ablett senior and Doug Wade have been invited to the game by Sydney, with Tony Lockett knocking them back.

Franklin averages just over three goals a game and hasn’t kicked four goals against the defensively-sound Cats since 2018.

“It’d be a great result when he’s able to hit that mark but it’s not something talked inside the football club because it’s talked about outside the club,” Sydney coach John Longmire said.

“We have other focus areas. I take the view it will happen when it happens. There are other things for us to focus on as a team. There’s no point focusing on it too much because you can’t control that aspect of the game anyway. We have other things as a team to look at.”

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