DANNY FRAWLEY was recruited from East Ballarat ( Victoria ) by the St Kilda Saints in 1984, and played 240 Games, kicking 13 Goals until his retirement as a player at the completion of the 1995 Season. Frawley made his name as a tight-checking Full Back for the Saints and was regarded as one of the most inspirational Club Leaders of his era. There are a number of Frawley’s Australian Football Player cards, and many of his team-mates cards available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Frawley was deceptively quick off the mark, had astute judgement, and had a very safe and reliable pair of hands. His contribution to the Saints was quite astonishing, when you consider that he was pitted, almost on a weekly basis, against some of the greatest Goalkickers that have played Australian Football. For example- Ablett, Dunstall, Kernahan, Quinlan, Beasley, Roach, Salmon, just to name a few. Danny Frawley always gave every ounce of his strength and energy to the Saints cause, and was intolerant towards any of his team-mates who did not show similar levels of courage and commitment.
Danny Frawley was the rock of St Kilda’s defence throughout his career, and his role as the close-checking physical defender, did not allow him to display more regularly, the ample skill levels he possessed in all facets of the game. Many individual Honours and Awards were indicative of Frawley’s standing within his circle of peers in the Footballing Family:- St Kilda Saints Club Best and Fairest Player Award in 1988, Appointmentt as Captain of St Kilda in 1987 ( became the Saints longest serving Captain up to his retirement in 1995 ), selected as a Victorian State of Origin player in 1987 ( he was a State Representative on 11 occasions), selected as an All Australian player in 1988, and was inducted to the St Kilda Saints Hall of Fame in 2007.
On retirement as a player, Frawley was eagerly sought as a special comments man for Australian Football matches on Radio and Television. His un-harnessed opinions, together with his robust sense of humour have proven very popular with AFL followers. He had also enjoyed a brief role as an Assistant Coach at the Collingwood Magpies prior to the Richmond Tigers appointing him as their Senior Coach for the 2000 Season. The Tigers just missed the Finals in Frawley’s debut season, however, they were to enjoy a successful 2001 Season, where they made the Preliminary Final, unfortunately being defeated by the eventual Premiers, the Brisbane Lions. Frawley could not extract the improvement required from his playing group to enjoy further Finals Experience during Seasons 2002, 2003 and 2004. Mid-way through the 2004 Season, Frawley announced that he would resign after the final Round game.
Danny Frawley continues to entertain AFL Fans through his Television and Radio interviews and commentaries, with his escapades in cohort with his former Hawthorn Hawks opponent, Jason Dunstall, capturing the lighter side of Football. Frawley still has plenty to offer, to listeners and viewers alike, so we trust that he remains within the AFL framework for the foreseeable future.
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