Greensborough’s very own Lance “Buddy” Franklin has earned an incredible seventh All Australian guernsey to add to his already impressive CV which includes two premierships, and soon-to-be four Coleman Medals. Last night’s award confirms Franklin’s status as the Diamond Valley’s most decorated AFL export, narrowly edging out Hall of Fame Legend Gordon Coventry, and Hawthorn star – turned media talent – Daniel Harford.
“Greensborough’s own Buddy Franklin” we hear you ask? Isn’t he originally from Western Australia? Well, quite simply, you’re wrong. You see, Franklin’s father – Lance Franklin Snr – once played footy for Greensborough when he was a young bloke, before moving to WA at the age of 21. We read it once on a Big Footy thread, so it’s widely accepted as a proper truth fact.
So, in the grand Australian tradition of claiming people as our own – just like that great Aussie horse Phar Lap, Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and, oddly, “Aussie Kim Clijsters” – it’s not unreasonable to consider Buddy Franklin as yet another top notch footy product raised on the fertile sporting fields of the Diamond Valley. Congrats Buddy, it’s always good to see a local boy do well on the world stage.