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SportRiewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley

19:51  18 september  2019
19:51  18 september  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

AFL legend Danny Frawley killed in crash near Ballarat

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.

Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley

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

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

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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Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
Riewoldt pays tribute to Saints 'glue' Frawley
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