You should’ve stopped after this… 5 games? Seriously?
Francis hasn’t beaten anyone of note at AFL level. Let alone played a meaningful string of games in 1 season, let alone over many years as Hurls has. Sorry, there is no comparison. Francis has potential, but realised exactly none of it. I hope he does become the player we envision he could, but he is so far off it we should be comparing him to anybody, let alone calling him better than Michael Hurley, dual All Australian…
In reference to the “can they play together”, I think they can. We are obsessed with this back or forward thing…
T Daniher, back or forward?
M Harvey, back or forward?
Lucas, back or forward?
Hurley, back or forward?
Ambrose, back or forward?
Carlisle, back or forward?
Hooker, back or forward?
Hurley, Hooker and Francis can kick a goal. Give them half a quarter up forward, it’ll keep the opposition guessing and chasing us.
To me, yes we want a settled backline, but with injuries, one of Ambrose, Hurley, Francis etc are really all available. You also have rotations during the game.
They can play in the same side. Its fine, really. I think all defenders, whether in the rebounding / intercept role or not, need to be able to stop an opponent on any given day. If a forward is winning the battle with a particular defender, swap defenders. It happens all the time (and happened about a dozen times in a game I watched one day v Geelong in 93).
Jeez, I wonder why we actually play young players. I can just see Hurls, Hooker, BJ all being handed walking frames so they can make it off the field in 2025, and then we won’t have to “gift” games to Guelfi, Francis, Clarke, Redman, and Mutch because they haven’t beaten anyone of note.
In comparing Francis to Hurls its simply to justify that he is ready to play at AFL level, not that he is already an AA player.
Your first paragraph is irrelevant to our debate here. I wasn’t saying anything about playing youngsters or other.
What I was saying is, Francis has not performed to a level that has had him ready to play AFL, even as a “young player” being given an opportunity. If he had, he would’ve played!
I was referring to your assessment of his marking abilities at AFL level based on 5 whole games, which I think is ridiculous. I think he should be played, by the way, and I think we should be playing all our youngsters that are showing something ahead of the older players who are not performing and not the future.
Benny, I am happy to rest my case, and maybe we can discuss again at the end of the season, after ( hopefully) Francis gets a block of games and we can see how they compare to resolve the dispute on the question of who is a better mark at this point in time.
Really. Francis in after 1 good game. And to replace another kid who has more than done his role.
I think people’s fantasies are running away with them a bit. Francis will get his turn, but I would be absolutely staggered it was this week.