Sydney send shockwaves through the AFL to defeat Melbourne without Buddy Franklin

No Buddy, no problem! Sydney send shockwaves through the AFL to hand reigning premiers Melbourne back-to-back defeats WITHOUT superstar forward Franklin after veteran’s striking ban

  • Sydney have sent shockwaves through the AFL by defeating Melbourne 
  • The Swans entered Saturday’s game without Buddy Franklin due to suspension 
  • However, they managed to stifle the Dees and seal a 12-point victory at the MCG
  • Saturday’s defeat consigned the reigning premiers to back-to-back losses  

Sydney Swans have defied the odds to defeat reigning premiers Melbourne without superstar forward Buddy Franklin in a landmark victory for the club. 

Franklin copped a one-week suspension after striking Richmond star Trent Cotchin during their dramatic victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground, giving the travelling side a sizeable task as they travelled to Melbourne.

However, the Swans stifled Max Gawn, Christian Petracca and Co, kicking two last gasp goals to seal a 73-61 victory in a morale-boosting win for John Longmire’s side.

For the Demons, it was their second defeat in as many weeks, having lost to top four contenders Fremantle last time out. 

More to follow.