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Franklin’s Major Milestone

Lauderdale Football Club stalwart Nat Franklin notched up his 150th Tasmanian State League (TSL) game in the Bombers’ 68 point win against Glenorchy in round 10.

The major milestone comes during what has been a career best year for the Lauderdale life member.

The club captain, best and fairest winner, state representative and TSL Team of the Year member racked up 38 disposals, 18 contested possessions and six clearances in the win at Skybus Oval.

Franklin said the overwhelming support he received throughout the week leading up to the game made for a really special day.

“I actually played my first game for Lauderdale in 2014 at home against Glenorchy, so it was like coming full circle in a way,” he said.

“To be a Life Member with this club and play alongside my closest mates every week is something I hold very close to my heart.

“I’m pleased with how I’m going this year, my body feels right and I’m starting to string together some consistent games which is nice.

“Taking up the captaincy this year has been an amazing experience and I am lucky to have such a wealth of experience around me as well.”

With 10 rounds before finals, Lauderdale is sitting in third place on the TSL ladder, one spot ahead of reigning premiers Kingborough.

“The most important part of the day was getting the win and it’s great to see the team starting to gel and play in a style that will hold us in good stead for the rest of the year,” Franklin said.

“It’s been important to look after our home games and start to make Skybus a fortress for us which it has been in the past.

“Having several former captains in the leadership group provides a great base for us to lead and inspire the next crop of players coming through.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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