IT HAS been a decade of dominance for Lance Franklin.

With 639 goals across 198 games throughout the 2010s, the goalkicking superstar known as 'Buddy' was far and away the League's most complete and lethal forward.

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Franklin won a premiership, three Coleman Medals, two Goal of the Year awards and was named in seven All Australian sides throughout the decade to well and truly confirm his position as the best forward of the last 10 years.

Lance Franklin shares a laugh with Gerard Whateley at the 2018 Virgin Australia AFL All Australian awards. Picture: AFL Photos

With help from Champion Data, here is the third and final part in our three-part 'decade in review' series.

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639 – Lance Franklin (Hawthorn/Sydney)
574 – Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
562 – Josh Kennedy (West Coast)

Franklin has clearly been the most dominant goalkicking force over the last 10 years, finishing the decade with 65 more goals than Riewoldt despite playing in 18 fewer games. His biggest season over the decade was with the Hawks in 2011, when he bagged 82 goals. Together with Riewoldt and Kennedy, who fall second and third on the list respectively, the trio won eight of the 10 Coleman Medals throughout the 2010s. Jarryd Roughead and Jeremy Cameron are the other two winners. 



354 – Eddie Betts (Carlton/Adelaide)
297 – Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
290 – Kieren Jack (Sydney)

The clever small forwards dominate this list, with Betts helping to contribute to the most scores over the last decade. The creative mastermind is some way clear of Breust in second. Jack, predominantly a midfielder throughout his time with the Swans, is surprisingly third. 

Kicking goals or setting them up, Eddie Betts did it all in the forward 50. Picture: AFL Photos


1753 – Lance Franklin (Hawthorn/Sydney)
1613 – Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
1597 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Franklin doesn't just kick the goals, either. He also helps create them. The Swans' superstar is No.1 in the League for score involvements over the last decade, some way clear of the next in line. Of the 1753 scores he was involved in, he produced 1098 of them from his own boot (639 goals, 459 behinds). That equates to 62.6 percent of the final total. A pair of midfielders in Pendlebury and Martin trail him, but by some distance. 

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729 – Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
647 – Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
607 – Josh Kennedy (West Coast)

Riewoldt's threat inside 50 is reflected in him winning three Coleman Medals this decade, but it's also highlighted by him taking the most marks inside the forward arc over the last 10 years. The deep target is closely followed by Hawkins and Kennedy on the list. 

Jack Riewoldt soars for a mark over Giant Lachie Whitfield. Picture: AFL Photos


1155 – Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide/Geelong)
1054 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
963 – Joel Selwood (Geelong)

If there's one man you want bursting clear of a stoppage and slamming the ball inside 50, it's Dangerfield. Fortunately for the Crows and the Cats over the last 10 years, he's done that more than anyone. Dangerfield leads Martin for inside 50s this decade, with his new skipper in Selwood trailing the pair.

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