Buddy’s big nemesis IF LANCE Franklin is to turn around an average record against Geelong then he will have to overcome old nemesis Tom Lonergan in Friday night’s preliminary final showdown at the MCG. Lonergan, 32, has been one defender that has had the upper hand in battles against the Sydney Swans superstar, with Franklin’s impact against the Cats particularly diminished in finals games. Remarkably, Franklin has taken just one mark from 29 contests when opposed to Lonergan in..
Tom Lonergan began his career like many other footballers, he started in junior footy and slowly worked his way up to senior level. But his AFL career took a scary turn just seven games in with the Geelong Football Club. In Round 21 in 2006, Tom went back with the flight of the ball just as there were two oncoming players heading straight for him. One of them was Melbourne player Brad Miller who had turned his body at the last second and collided straight into the side of Tom.