Goal Kicking Greatness

Tony Lockett r10 1999 chaired off after 1300th goal the iconic photo
Tony Lockett is chaired off after kicking his 1300th goal in Round 10, 1999.

Many goal kickers have graced the Sydney Swans whether from sheer volume, record-breaking milestones or memorable moments.

Bob Pratt, Tony Lockett, Lance Franklin, Warwick Capper, Barry Hall and Nick Davis. These are the names that precede our modern day athletes. Relive their greatest achievements below.

Bob Pratt

Bob Pratt

Saturday May 19, 1934. It was a red-letter day for the South Melbourne Football Club when full forward Bob Pratt kicked a staggering 15 goals in a game against Essendon at Lake Oval.

It was a performance that surpassed the previous South best of 14 goals kicked by Harold Robertson in 1919 and set a club record that would stand for 61 years.

Considered one of the greatest full forwards of all time, Pratt is still the leading goal kicker for the Swans with 681 goals across 158 games, including kicking 150 goals in a single season for the red and white.

2003 saw Pratt named in the Sydney Swans Team of the Century. In 2009, he was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame as a Bloods Legend.

Tony Lockett

Tony Lockett r10 1999 kick

While Tony Lockett played just six seasons with the Sydney Swans (1995-99; 2002), and he will go down in history as one of the club's most prolific goal kickers.

Taking 462 majors in the twilight years of his career, Lockett kicked the most goals in a season on three out of five occasions: 121 in 1996, 110 in 1995, and 109 in 1998 – as well as holding the record for most goals in a game. No one could forget his 1995 blinder against Fitzroy.

In his 16th game for the Swans and his 199th overall, Lockett kicked 16 goals. It was 16 straight from 12 marks and 18 kicks as the Swans won 27.8 (170) to 6.8 (44). He more than doubled the entire Fitzroy score on his own.

Four years later on Sunday June 6, 1999, Lockett kicked a record-breaking 1300th goal. The Hall of Famer kicked 60 more goals before he retired in 2002 and still holds the prestigious title as the League’s highest ever goalkicker.

Lance Franklin

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It was a Friday night in March 2022, when the Sydney Swans faced off against Geelong at the SCG. It was forecast to rain as 36,000 members and fans filed into the stadium, but not even the wet weather could dampen the excitement of Lance Franklin’s imminent 1000th goal – and a storming of the field not seen since Lockett’s era.

Buddy sits fourth for most career goals with 1066 after retiring from AFL with 354 games and 18 seasons to his name. Franklin ended his great career being the only player in history to kick five or more goals against every other team in the competition.

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