#10 St Francis of the Rising Star


#6246

Depends if you are up by a goal or down by a goal.


#6247

Or if you are a forward or a defender.


#6248

#6249

If Francis was lighting it up for a South Australian side this year I’m not sure what I would do.

I’m glad we convinced him to stay because he is going to be a beauty.


#6250

Not sure if posted previously but I just stumbled across this. Enjoy!


#6251

His marking is immense!

I can’t work out though whether his kicking is an asset or a liability right now :thinking:


#6252

He does love that around the corner style kick.


#6253

Only a liability until the rest of his teammates realise what the hell he’s doing and how far ahead of the game the thinking is behind it.


#6254

He looks to bring the ball back in through the corridor (could have been BJ’s influence there). Risky, but when executed properly, it really opens the game up & allows us to exploit other teams with our pace.


#6255

Over the years in the VFL, he continually practiced audacious kicks out of defence, and a number were butchered badly. But in the AFL games at the end of last year, those kicks only missed the mark once or twice, with no serious consequences. Now that he will be picked in the best 22 every week in 2019, be prepared for some of these kicks to go astray, and maybe lead to a number of turnovers that lead to goals. He is not Robinson Crusoe in that regard. But hopefully he doesn’t lose confidence because of it. Those kicks are a weapon and few players ever try them, maybe because the risk is too high for most players.


#6256

The test for Francis is that sides will put time into him now. They’ll try and run him up the field, they’ll try to find mismatches for him, they’ll sweat his kicks into the corridor, they’ll try and run him around, they’ll let try and block him off the contest. I’m looking forward to seeing how he handles it.


#6257

Really really difficult to stop someone like Francis, in my opinion. Who to sacrifice? Do you change up your flow and plan for a rebounding defender? A tall, powerful, fast, marking, dangerous kick defender is a nightmare for opposition.


#6258

Francis marks best with a bit of a run at the ball. He prefers to start a bit behind the ball drop ( which he judges very very well) and has an elite vertical leap. But we have seen him dealt with in 2 ways. Blocking and playing behind him and pushing him under the ball.
The pushing in the back rule is being relaxed this year, and it will be possible to push players out of marking contests. It remains to be seen how this will be adjudicated and whether that will help him, but blocking is probably the main weapon which will be used against him this season.


#6259

Which is really something that only a big opposition fwd is going to do. Which means that Francis would be controlling where the forward is. So they would be looking to ‘defend’ Francis, instead of leading into spaces. It’s a nightmare, I tell ya!


#6260

It will need our players up the ground to put good defensive pressure on the opposition to ensure their kicks into the forward 50 is under pressure. That’ll make Francis’ job a lot easier.

It’ll also need out defenders to work well to ensure the opposition second and third forward options are not loose and provide easy un-manned marking targets.


#6261

How many PB’s he got this pre-season?


#6262

id say all of them lol