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Sheedy's high praise for Francis

Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy has heaped praise on young Bomber Aaron Francis, labelling him as a “possible champion”.

4:30pm  Nov 2, 2018

Francis trade update

Essendon is open to facilitating a move for Aaron Francis to return to South Australia, if it can secure an appropriate deal.

3:28pm  Oct 9, 2017

Francis Sidelined

Essendon youngster Aaron Francis, will spend time on the sideline after injuring his calf.

7:00pm  Apr 12, 2016

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BTV: 2018 Bests | Marks

9:51am  Oct 12, 2018

RD 23 | Game Breaker: Aaron Francis

11:00pm  Aug 24, 2018

Senior List

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Aaron
Francis

Defender

Height
193 cm
DOB
10-08-1997
Weight
92 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2018
5
Career
10
Goals
2018
1
Career
3
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
325
Avg
65
AaronFrancis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Loxton North (SA)
Recruited from: West Adelaide
Draft history: Pick No.6, 2015 national draft
Debut: Round 18, 2016
Brownlow votes: -

Player Sponsors

Brad & Kerree Dunn - SA Bombers

Gwenda Muller - True To The Red Sash 40

One of the league’s most exciting prospects having broken through late in 2018 in a brilliant display of his immense talent. 

After taking leave from the club to deal with mental health challenges earlier in the year, Francis performed brilliantly in the VFL and deservedly earnt his return to the senior side in round 19.

From then on, the 21-year-old was absolutely outstanding, impressing with his clean disposal and ability to read the play, and raking in 10 contested marks across the final two rounds of the season. 

A mark of the year contender in the last round against Port Adelaide was the cherry on top of a golden month of football, and with eight senior games now under his belt, the future appears blindingly bright for the South Australian.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 3.0
    • Disposals 13.2
    • Marks 6.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 65.0

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 23
Handballs 5 Sydney Swans Rd 19
Disposals 19 Port Adelaide Rd 23
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 23
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Port Adelaide Rd 23
Goals 1 St Kilda Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 94 Port Adelaide Rd 23

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 99 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Fremantle L 106 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Western Bulldogs L 104 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Port Adelaide W 106 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Collingwood L 101 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Melbourne L 72 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Hawthorn L 67 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Carlton L 91 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats W 84 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GWS Giants W 60 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond L 43 - 114 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions W 62 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 North Melbourne W 125 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Collingwood L 62 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 51 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle W 99 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans W 109 - 66 9 5 14 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 59
20 Hawthorn L 107 - 103 5 2 7 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 36
21 St Kilda W 122 - 79 10 3 13 4 0 2 0 3 1 0 68
22 Richmond L 81 - 73 12 1 13 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 68
23 Port Adelaide W 89 - 111 15 4 19 11 0 1 3 4 0 0 94
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 51 15 66 32 0 8 4 11 1 0 325

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 3.8
    • Disposals 11.9
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 56.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Handballs 7 Fremantle Rd 7, 2017
Disposals 19 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Goals 1 St Kilda Rd 21, 2018
AFL Fantasy 94 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Essendon 51 15 66 32 0 8 4 11 1 0 325
2017 Essendon 10 12 22 7 0 0 1 3 1 3 93
2016 Essendon 20 11 31 12 0 5 2 5 1 2 145

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Awards

AFL Awards

2018 Rising Star nominee

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut Brisbane Rd 18, 2016 Marvel Stadium L 37