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A Sydney Swans fan has made headlines for scattering her grandmother's ashes on the Sydney Cricket Ground turf during the middle of celebrations for Lance 'Buddy' Franklin's 1000th AFL goal.
Spectators inside the SCG rushed onto the field to celebrate the milestone moment after Buddy became just the sixth player in AFL/VFL history to reach 1000 goals.
It made for truly memorable scenes which won't be forgotten anytime soon - especially for one die-hard Swans fan, it seems.
The old girl would be smiling!
Love you Nan xx
Krystal takes a solid hip and shoulder :joy:#Buddy1000 #Bloods#AFLSwansCats @sydneyswans @Buddy_Franklin @scg pic.twitter.com/CT6xqlXL8L
- LNP is REALLY bad with:moneybag:Vote Them Out! #Auspol (@JoelBrown_JB) March 25, 2022
During the chaos unfolding on the pitch, one woman decided it would be an appropriate time to scatter her nan's ashes on the field.
In a clip posted on social media, the fan donning all red can be seen sprinkling the ashes from a bag as people rushed past either side of her.
It wasn't long before the video went viral online with some people praising the move while others questioned it.
One person tweeted: "I thought it was a beautiful moment. The oval belongs to everyone."
While the ABC's Avani Dias added: "This is so beautiful."
As one guy said: "Ahh this is a lovely story. Honouring the Nan's wishes and spreading her ashes in the centre."
I had a chat to Joel, the guy that scattered his nan's ashes. Not something I'd do to be honest but it clearly meant a lot to the family.
- Kyle Pollard (@KylePollard) March 26, 2022
This is so beautiful :sob::sob::sob::sob:
Swans fans scatter nan's ashes on SCG during Buddy Franklin celebrations https://t.co/0xEKOo7EG1
- Avani Dias (@AvaniDias) March 26, 2022
Lovely moment but could have waited a couple of minutes when everyone had stopped running past :joy:#Buddy1000 https://t.co/vue7JWcVxU
- Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) March 26, 2022
Lance Franklin has united the football world after booting his 1000th goal on a show stopping night at the SCG.
A wild party broke out on the field, with one woman using the moment to scatter her nan's ashes. @cstanaway #9News pic.twitter.com/kjD7URXXf8
- 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) March 26, 2022
As Swans fans flooded onto the SCG to celebrate Buddy Franklin's 1,000th goal, two supporters took the opportunity to honour their late grandmother by sprinkling her ashes onto the turf. pic.twitter.com/GvJOauVTOS
- Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 27, 2022
But not everyone was as touched by the act as others were.
One bloke took to Twitter, saying: "Gross."
While The Code's Lachlan McKirdy tweeted: "Lovely moment but could have waited a couple of minutes when everyone had stopped running past."
As the ABC's Kyle Pollard added: "Not something I'd do to be honest but it clearly meant a lot to the family."
But it was TV presenter Tony Jones who really took issue with the gesture, slamming it while appearing on the Sunday Footy Show.
"Here's the ashes. I'm sorry, I love the spectacle but I don't like that. Time and place, people," Jones said.
"The ashes is beyond the pale. That's ridiculous... I think we all agree on that."
The woman's brother, who filmed the moment, told the ABC's Kyle Pollard about the motivations for their plan.
"Nan passed away mid-last year aged 93. She was originally a Victorian but moved to Gosford in the early 80s. She supported Footscray but once she came up here she got involved with the Gosford Tigers and that led to her becoming a passionate Swans fan," Joel Brown said.
"She always said she wanted to do a coin toss on the SCG but she never got a chance.
"And she did say from time to time that she wanted some of her ashes scattered at the SCG so this was our chance to honour that.
"It was a little bit symbolic, or a sort of consolation prize almost. It was a really emotional moment."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/JoelBrown_JB
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