Magnificent seven: The link between Noble and Franklin

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Collingwood defender John Noble’s late goal in the Magpies’ thrilling one-point win over Adelaide in round seven made him an unlikely hero, but it would take a brave person to say it put him in the same company as Sydney champion Lance Franklin.

Well, Snap Shot is nothing if not brave – particularly with the comments section closed – because we discovered that Noble and “Buddy” indeed have something in common.

John Noble celebrates his late goal against Adelaide on Sunday.Credit: Getty Images

Sunday’s win was the seventh time in Noble’s 76 games so far that he has been involved in a game decided by one point, meaning a remarkable 9.2 per cent of his games have been decided by a one-point margin.

Buddy won’t want to be reminded, but Sydney’s one-point loss to the Giants on Saturday was also the seventh time in his remarkable career he has been involved in a game decided by a one-point margin.

Of course, Buddy has played 354 games and kicked 1054 goals, meaning just 1.97 per cent of his games have been decided by the narrowest of margins.

The comparison underlines Collingwood’s remarkable run since Noble made his debut in a one-point win over West Coast in 2019 when Nathan Buckley was coach.

Lance Franklin keeps an eye on the ball as he slots a goal against the Giants.Credit: Getty Images

The 26-year-old, who became a rookie via the mid-season draft, has kicked just five goals – including

In contrast, Noble’s alchemist coach Craig McRae played in just four one-point wins in his 195 games at the Lions, and Collingwood’s longest-serving player – Noble’s teammate Scott Pendlebury – has played in 12 one-pointers in 364 games so far. The champion missed Sunday’s thriller after suffering a poke in the eye on Anzac Day against the Bombers.

In one indication of how remarkable Collingwood’s run is, Nick Daicos has already played in 14 games decided by less than 10 points in his 32-game career, including three one-point games.

Having established Noble’s connection to Buddy, we asked footy statistician @sirswampthing which player had played in the most games decided by one point, and it’s former Sydney and Fitzroy great Paul Roos with 14.

Sir Swamp, who has a cult following on Twitter, also confirmed that Collingwood’s Isaac Quaynor has the highest percentage of games decided by one point for players who have played more than 50 games. More than one in 10, or 10.6 per cent of his 66 games, have been decided by just one point.

Of course, as is often the case when it comes to Collingwood, Buddy can have the last laugh knowing that one of his one-point wins came over the Magpies in last year’s preliminary final, with Noble (and Quaynor) on the losing side.

That’s until his teammates start referring to Buddy as “Nobes” when Collingwood faces Sydney at the MCG on Sunday.

Kylie’s flag duties

AFL executive Kylie Rogers was as surprised as anyone to find herself holding on to a corner of Geelong’s 2022 premiership flag when it was solemnly carried to a flagpole in the flag unfurling ceremony that preceded the Cats’ round six game against Sydney.

Rogers accepted the Geelong hierarchy’s invitation to fill the role as a representative of the AFL alongside club luminaries such as Joel Selwood, Cameron Ling and Meg McDonald.

The catch was, however, that each person holding the flag had to wear a Geelong scarf as part of the deal, which obviously would have made it difficult for Sydney CEO and Cats’ premiership captain Tom Harley to take part.

AFL executive Kylie Rogers represented the AFL at the unfurling of the Cats’ flagCredit: Getty

While honoured and humbled to take part in such a significant moment for the club, the sight of Rogers in a Cats scarf took a few who know the AFL’s commercial executive well by surprise, as her true allegiance is closer to the inner west of Melbourne than the outer west.

It’s fair to say Rogers would have liked to have slipped into the background, but the cameras caught her front and centre in the Cats scarf, which surely means her membership dues are in the mail.

On the coach’s whiteboard

Before you go, here are …

Five places Snap Shot thinks Hawthorn skipper James Sicily would be prepared to live given he showed how much he loves golf and good food in his heartfelt apology to Tasmanians for his less-than-thought-through comments about the Apple Isle.

James Sicily’s comments about Tasmania sparked some heated reaction.Credit: AFL Photos

They said:

“There have been a few other things that have been a priority for the AFL which have been incredibly important to the game,” AFL Commission chair Richard Goyder at the announcement of Andrew Dillon as the league’s new CEO when asked why the selection process took so long.

But they forgot to say:

“There have been a few other things that have been a priority for the AFL, which have been incredibly important to the game – like keeping Gillon McLachlan at the AFL until season’s end.”

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