AFL legend Danny Frawley killed in crash near Ballarat
Danny Frawley has died in a car crash near Ballarat. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a devastated legion of friends and fans. Anyone with information, who witnessed the crash or with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Pictures: People we lost in 2019 1/92 SLIDES © Bruce Yan/South China Morning Post/Getty Images Chester Williams (Aug. 8, 1970 – Sept. 6, 2019) The South African Rugby World Cup winner died in Cape Town at the age of 49 due to a heart attack. At the time of his death, he was coaching the University of the Western Cape.
Nick Riewoldt pays tribute to Danny Frawley
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St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt has paid tribute Danny Frawley, crediting him as the "glue" that kept the Saints together and recalling some of his hilarious antics around the club.
Frawley's recent death in a single-car accident near Ballarat on Monday, September 9 - the day after his 56th birthday, rocked the AFL community amid finals footy.
On Wednesday, around 3,000 people gathered at Moorabbin Oval, the ground where Frawley played 72 of his 240 games, to give the beloved personality one final send-off following an emotional 90-minute funeral service at nearby Kingston Town Hall, in Melbourne.
AFL community mourns Danny Frawley
The AFL community is paying tribute to former St Kilda player Danny Frawley, who died in a car accident.
Tributes from the club legend's nearest and dearest flowed all day, but a touching tribute from St Kilda's longest serving captain Riewoldt gave an emotional insight into Frawley's ability to bring people together with a smile.
"Danny Frawley is a St Kilda man," Riewoldt said on Fox Sports' Danny 'Spud' Frawley: A Tribute. "He was, and played with, some of the most iconic Saints champions."
"We've heard so many tributes over the last week from his former teammates describing his desire to compete, his toughness and his leadership. Perhaps the description which all players would aspire to is being referred to as the 'glue', which big Stewart Loewe dubbed him.
"Through a rough period for the Saints, he was the glue, he kept the players together. He led them, inspired them, made them laugh and secured their bond. He stuck by the Saints. His leadership was not bound to his playing career exclusively. He was the glue that bonded generations of Saints men and our supporters.
Frawley's passion endeared him to all in footy
Danny Frawley was one of the game's most enduringly endearing characters. Few people within the AFL community knew more people, or were more known, than ???Spud'.
"In his recent time back Moorabbin as a coach, he'd regale us with stories of the legendary 'Plugger', the Saints social club, of the animal enclosure and playing on the game's greatest forwards. For players caught up on the professional clock-in-clock-out culture, he was our portal to another era, another game, another time in our club's history.
"He'd challenge players to play tougher, to stop whinging, but most of all to have fun. Sometimes appropriately, and sometimes not, like when he lifted our spirits by riding a Harley out during one of our training sessions. I still can't believe he did that. He inspired a new generation of Saints men, and we all are, and will be greater for it."
Earlier in the day, current coaches Damien Hardwick, Brett Ratten, Luke Beveridge and Alastair Clarkson, AFL chief Gillon McLachlan and past greats Jonathan Brown, Mark Ricciuto and Nicky Winmar were among the 800-strong crowd to pack the town hall.
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The emotion-charged gathering was uplifting at times, funny at others, sometimes sad, sometimes downright heart-breaking.
But the love for Frawley was there throughout.
"We were just a team, we were just best friends ... we just laughed and had fun," Anita Frawley said choking back tears in a tribute video put together by renowned AFL filmmaker Peter Dickson that finished the service.
"... We would always hug for a bit too long.
"I just wish that he was here now so that I could give him one of those really awkwardly long hugs."
Well known for his exploits on the field, then as a coach at Richmond and media personality, the larger-than-life character became a strong advocate for mental health issues when he revealed his own battle with depression.
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Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
St Kilda's annual best and fairest dinner has opened with an emotional tribute to club great Danny Frawley, who died tragically on Monday in a car crash. Roberts raised a toast to Frawley, who died the day after his 56th birthday, and there was also a video tribute. Loewe and Harvey were choked with emotion as they gave their speeches. "He was one of my best mates and he will always be my hero," Loewe said. The Saints great added that when he was asked to speak about Frawley, he was still in shock and had to think about it.
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Geelong Cats v St Kilda Saints (2009 Grand Final)
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Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles (2006 Grand Final)
Midfielder Daniel Chick smothered a kick by Ryan O’Keefe with shepherd and handball, which led his team to a victory over the opponent.
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Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats (2005 Second semi-final)
Forward player Nick Davis helped his team win the second semi-final match in the league by delivering a left-foot snap in the last three seconds of the fourth final-quarter.
Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions (2004 Grand Final)
Gavin Wanganeen, who was the utility player in the match gave a dream finish to the match by snapping powerfully from 45m.
North Melbourne v Richmond Tigers (2003 Round 11)
Jason McCartney made a remarkable return to football after suffering severe burns in the 2002 Bali Bombings. He booted a goal in the first quarter and the Kangaroos went on to win the game.
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood Magpies (2002 Grand Final)
Lions won the match with the help of Jason Akermanis’ left-foot shot, which is regarded as one of the best grand finals of the decade.
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Fraser Brown tackled Dean Wallis in the last minute which helped Essendon win the match.
Adelaide Crows v St Kilda Saints (1997 Grand Final)
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Sydney Swans v Essendon (1996 Preliminary Final)
In the preliminary finals, Tony Lockett drew all the attention in the last few seconds as he hit a behind after the siren. This helped the Swans to win the game and enter finals for the first time since 1945.
(Pictured) Tony Lockett of the Swans fights with a Fremantle Dockers defender during an AFL match at the SCG in Sydney.
North Melbourne v Hawthorn Hawks (1994 Qualifying Final)
Wayne Carey, who was suffering a calf injury during the time of the match did a goal from outside 50 leading the North to a victory over Hawthorn in the qualifying round.
Essendon Bombers v Carlton Blues (1993 Grand final)
Michael Long’s stellar performance in the match helped him earn a Norm Smith Medal. He ran rings and seemed untouchable during the game.
Geelong Cats v West Coast Eagles (1992 Grand Final)
Peter Matera was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for the best player afield. He made five goals from the wing, out of which one was a long bomb on the run.
(PIctured) (L-R) Glen Jakovich, Karl Langdon and Peter Matera of the Eagles celebrate with the premiership trophy after the AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Hawthorn Hawks v Geelong Cats (1989 Grand final)
In the grand finale of the game, Dermott Brereton’s ribs were left broken and kidney bruised by Mark Yetes. However, he did not stop from playing and kicked a goal later.
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Hawthorn Hawks v Sydney Swans (1987 Qualifying Final)
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Fitzroy v Essendon (1986 Elimination Final)
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Carlton v Collington (1979 Grand Final)
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Hawthorn Hawks v North Melbourne (1978 Grand Final)
Phil Baker pulled down the Mark of the Year after licking six goals in the game. His high leaping marks were the highlight of the match.
North Melbourne v Collingwood Magpies (1977 Grand Final)
To level the scores between the two teams in the grand final of the game, Ross Dunne kicked a goal in the last 40 seconds.
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Carlton Blues v Collingwood Magpies (1970 Grand Final)
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Eddie's emotional tribute to 'brave' Frawley.
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