#10 St Francis of the Rising Star


GM of Football, Dan Richardson, has released the following statement in regards to the MRO decision on Aaron Francis…

“Our consideration to challenge was significant but based on all information available to us, we determined the charge would be difficult to overturn at tribunal,” Richardson said.

“The decision to accept the fine was agreed on by all parties, in consultation with Aaron.”

Aaron Francis accepted his $2000 fine for rough conduct after his bump on Jaeger O’Meara was graded as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

“we determined the charge would be difficult to overturn at tribunal”

Ok if it’s difficult then, don’t worry about it. Sure everyone is up in arms about it, but if it’s too difficult…

It’s also too difficult to beat Carlton who are literally one of the worst teams from the last 10 years.

This club…





too difficult to contest
too difficult to beat carlton
too difficult to organise 22 players to play
too difficult to drive to tulla
too difficult to wake up in the morning
too difficult to live
too difficult. all too difficult.


You forgot the best one

To difficult to get to Wangaratta :joy:


So any contact to the head now will be graded as such? A high tackle for example?


should have been inserted between ‘too difficult to organise 22 players to play’ and ‘too difficult to drive to tulla’… an oversight on my part


Whatevs Richo.


Now? It’s been like that for a number of years now.

ANY contact, … incidental or not, … Gawn.


too difficult to contest… weak


I’ve see a few Dusty fends that dont

Careless conduct with low impact to the head…

Poor old Dusty would be broke if that was upheld.


Except on about 10 occasions this year when the rulings have been tweaked to allow for incidental head contact. Prime example Burton electing to bump and knocking out Higgins.


The fact he had to do that release says more about esendon fans than anything else


It was needed given how weak we look by not fighting it. Also I think the content says more about the club. No willingness to fight. We might not win so we won’t even bother trying.


WE stand for nothing. WE roll over like dead cockroaches. We really are pathetic.


Does it say anything about the countless opposition fans who were not just surprised, but angry at the decision?


Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Also, fark the AFL.


We may as well fold. We stand for nothing.

Embarrassed for the club.


If they contested it surely the video evidence gets sidelined and it all comes down to Jaeger saying if he was hit in the head or not. Hawthorn would do us in…


The overreaction in this thread is over the top. And not the Stallone type.
He elected to bump, the player was injured (concussed), Hawks shopped us in with the medical report.
That’s more than likely why the fine was issued. The whole year has been based around and injury based fine system, not the action.
“Oh, he was hurt, someone has to burn for this!” That’s it in a nutshell. If Omera jumped up quickly without consequence, more than likely nothing happens.


Irrespective of hysteria or not, there do seem to be different rules for different players/teams. Yes, it is supposed to be that the head is ‘sacrosanct’ but it seems to depend on whose head and who makes the contact. We do seem to be on the receiving end of any fines, etc. a lot more than some.