AFL 2022: Lance Franklin 1000 goal, Sydney Swans Chad Warner, Ollie Florent photo

Swans players have revealed there was a “hero” in the mosh pit madness that saw two stars stranded outside the SCG.

Swans players Ollie Florent and Chad Warner have revealed it was no accident that they ended up outside the SCG in the mayhem that followed Lance Franklin’s 1000th goal.

Warner, 20, had the honour of booting the Sherrin to Franklin to set up the milestone moment which sent Sydney into a frenzy.

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It took nearly half an hour for security to drain the venue and return the jubilant pundits back to their seats.

While Swans teammates and Franklin had fought their way back to the Swans’ dressing rooms, Florent and Warner were stranded outside the SCG among the public.

It has now been revealed the pair ended up on Driver Avenue, outside the Moore Park venue as an elaborate flanking manoeuvre to return to the Swans’ rooms without needing to push their way through the crowd that had gathered out the front of the Swans’ players race.

The pair have told The Agefans were doing double takes as they walked several hundred metres to the entrance Swans players use to enter their facilities.

The pair had chosen to leave the venue through the away team players race, but were unable to return to their home team dressing room under the bowels of the stadium.

It has now been revealed it was a Swans staff member who instructed them to head back via the public road that runs along the main stadium entrances.

They were forced to take the long way back because of the spectator mob.

“I was thinking, ‘If I go down here, it could be a bit dangerous.’ The initial part of the mosh pit, you had to use a fair bit of strength to get yourself up,” Warner said.

He described it as “total chaos”.

Florent says there was one moment where he fell down and needed to be helped back to his feet surrounded by the rushing wave of fans.

“I was getting pushed over, I was on my back at one stage,” Florent said.

“I was like, ‘Chad, Chad, get me up!’ And he went full hero mode, moved people out the way and got me up.”

It got even weirder once they finally got outside the venue and calmly walked among the fans outside the stadium.

“We were walking with them, going out the gates, as a fan would, walking along the street,” Warner said.

“They were all just looking at us like, ‘what the hell are you doing out here?’ We were talking to each other to say, ‘I can’t believe we’ve still got a game going on right now — and we’re outside.’”

Florent said the pair were “buzzing” as fans called out to them during their walk.

“It was pretty funny, people’s reactions,” Florent said.

“‘Aren’t you meant to be playing a footy game? What the hell, the game’s still going boys!’ Stuff like that. We were pretty much buzzing the whole time, it was hilarious. [Warner] was walking with a big spring in his step, that’s for sure.”

Amid the chaos, a Sydney spectator filmed Warner celebrating his small but vital contribution to the milestone moment.

“I f***ing kicked it to him,” the estatic Swan screamed.

Warner also told CODE Sports: “Yeah it was crazy. I had a lot of running room and I was about to bomb it over his head but I saw him at the last minute and thought I have to go there don’t I? It was a moment that will go down in my life forever. It’s just crazy.

“I saw the goals first and then I thought in the back of my head where’s Lance, he was the only bloke I was thinking about and he had that much space. I just checked at the last minute and it was great, a pretty nice kick straight to him.

“He’s an amazing competitor. I reckon he’s a big child at heart, he just loves playing with us young boys. Great for me obviously, my development and that.

“He’s always got time for you which is amazing, especially a massive figure like him to hang out with him and all that stuff. He’s an amazing bloke and an amazing father now as well.”

Amid the wild celebrations, Geelong star Zach Tuohy inadvertently bumped into a fan who was sprinting towards the Sydney Swans hero.

Cameras at the SCG captured the moment Tuohy accidentally flattened a fan donning a black coat, who quickly returned to his feet and legged it towards the man of the moment.

But Tuohy showed his class by picking up the spectator’s wallet, chasing after him and returning it before heading to the sheds.

Originally published as What really happened before Swans players’ incredible photo

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