Former AFL teammates have paid emotional tributes to Danny Frawley on the St Kilda finest and fairest awards evening.
Two days after one of many Saints’ most liked figures died tragically in a automobile crash, their awards night opened with speeches and a video bundle honouring Frawley.
Fellow St Kilda stars Stewart Loewe and Robert Harvey choked on emotion as they remembered Frawley, who died the day after his 56th birthday.
After their speeches and the video tribute, fellow former Saints Nathan Burke and Michael Roberts had the viewers roaring with laughter as they advised tales concerning the Bungaree potato farmer and former St Kilda captain universally often called “Spud”.
Loewe mentioned when he was requested on Tuesday to pay tribute to Frawley, he was nonetheless in shock.
“What would Spud need? The reply was fairly apparent – put your go well with on, roll up your sleeves and get the bloody job accomplished. That is simply who he was,” Loewe mentioned.
“(Former coach) Kenny Sheldon talked about one thing yesterday that resonated …. he described ‘Spud’ because the glue that held all the pieces collectively at St Kilda.
“He was certainly one of my finest mates and he’ll at all times be my hero,.”
Harvey remembered that Chelsea, certainly one of Frawley’s three daughters, was a flower lady at his and Danielle’s wedding ceremony greater than twenty years in the past when she was three.
“Outdoors of his much-beloved household, his clear subsequent love was right here, at this membership,” mentioned Harvey, now an assistant coach at Collingwood.
Harvey remembered enjoying in Frawley’s final AFL sport and sadly considering that soccer wouldn’t be the identical with out him as a teammate.
“Effectively sadly we’re right here once more, however that is perpetually,” Harvey mentioned.
“When the previous crew get collectively … and we drink beers and inform tales about occasions previous, it is simply modified perpetually now.
“It is a loss that simply cannot be fathomed, it is a loss that simply cannot be actual.”
However Burke additionally urged Saints followers to inform their tales about Frawley.
He remembered earlier than the 1992 remaining towards Collingwood, Frawley advised the group to disregard Collingwood captain Tony Shaw and his relentless sledging.
On the coin toss, Frawley well-known punched Shaw within the chest.
“As common, the gums had been flapping and Danny misplaced it, it took a couple of second and a half,” Burke mentioned.
“He got here again and mentioned ‘ what I mentioned earlier than, neglect about that, I need you to smash the shit out of this mob’.
“We did and we gained.”