1. Buddy joins an illustrious list
Lance Franklin had to wait until the 17th-minute mark of the third term to join an illustrious list with 900 majors. The goal was typical Franklin, winning a free kick after bursting away from Robbie Tarrant before nailing the resulting set shot from the left flank on the edge of 50 metres. Heading into the game requiring one major for the milestone, Franklin was well held by Tarrant in the first half before exploding in the final term. Tarrant entered the game under an injury cloud and required a fitness test just minutes before the opening bounce after a corkie last week. Franklin sits ninth on the all-time goalkicker list behind Tony Lockett, Gordon Coventry, Jason Dunstall, Doug Wade, Gary Ablett Snr, Jack Titus, Matthew Lloyd and Leigh Matthews.
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2. Higgins enhances Brownlow chances
In a week where Shaun Higgins was identified as the AFL's most roughed-up player, a George Hewett tag did little to halt the midfielder's influence. After a number of key scalps earlier in the season, Hewett was beaten for a second consecutive week as Higgins racked up a game-high 33 disposals and eight inside 50s. Hewett went to the Brownlow Medal fancy at the opening bounce which he repeated at stoppages for much of the match.
3. Worst attempt on goal for the year?
Full of confidence after kicking the opening goal of the second term, Will Hayward attempted an inside-out snap to even the scores moment later, which went horribly wrong. Hemmed into the left forward pocket, the youngster opted for his preferred right boot before kicking the ball deep into the crowd. Hayward finished with 2.2 on a good day for the Swans' small forwards, Ben Ronke continuing his hot debut season form with five majors.
4. Medicos kept busy
The respective medical teams endured a frantic opening half with key injuries to Roo Kayne Turner and Swans skipper Josh Kennedy. Turner copped a wayward knee from Swans defender Dane Rampe in the opening stages and was ruled out of the game after quarter time. Roos medicos re-watched the incident on numerous occasions to learn the full extent of his concussion. Kennedy's back seized up just minutes into the second term, requiring assistance from the Swans' physios to take his feet after treatment on the boundary line. He was later ruled out of the game, watching from the sidelines as his team stole the victory late.
5. Flying order for debutants
The Melbourne Airport arrivals gate got even busier this week with dashing trips from the parents of both debutants Colin O'Riordan (Sydney) and Alex Morgan (North Melbourne). The Irishman's mother and father arrived into Sydney on Friday and were joined by his girlfriend at Etihad Stadium. It was the first time the 22-year-old from County Tipperary had returned to the venue where he impressed Swans' recruiters during the 2015 AFL Draft Combine. Morgan's parents cut short an Italian holiday, while his brother delayed a holiday to Bali to ensure they witnessed the former Bomber's AFL debut.