Danny Frawley legacy at St Kilda Saints helps bring James Frawley out of retirement


“It’s an honour to be here, the Danny Frawley Centre opening up. Everyone knows he went through his battles.

“It’s a great thing for the community to have somewhere they can go if they are struggling … and get some help.”

James Frawley barracked for the Saints as a kid, and watched his late uncle Danny captain the club. Credit:Getty Images

Frawley also reflected on his time growing up and supporting St Kilda with the rest of his family.

“My old man, pretty much my whole family, barracks for St Kilda,” he said.

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“I used to go down to Waverley every weekend and the old man and we’d go down the rooms and hang out with the players, that’s where my passion started wanting to play footy.”

The defender was first approached by Roughead in Noosa and informed of St Kilda’s interest. He had around six weeks off in Queensland following his retirement before the approach, and had planned to play VAFA footy and begin looking for work.

“I was a bit surprised and it went from there,” he said. “I’d had a few more beers than I usually would and a couple of meals I wouldn’t usually eat.”

The 2010 All-Australian said he was putting no limits on how much longer he might last at AFL level. If 2021 went well, who knows what 2022 could hold, he said.

“I am pretty genetically blessed with the old man and Mum were both pretty quick, my Pa [grandpa] ran Stawell [Gift], I am pretty lucky [to still have speed],” he said.

“When I told Dad and he loved it … he said to me, ‘At least I can go back to barracking for St Kilda now’.”

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The AFL draft prospect who stopped potential top pick Logan McDonald


West Australian draft prospect Denver Grainger-Barras says he took the points when he lined up on potential number one pick Logan McDonald earlier this season.

Speaking on SEN Afternoons on Friday, the key defender from WAFL club Swan Districts, who talent scout Kevin Sheehan has likened to West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern, says he went to McDonald to shut him down after the key forward talent had a big first half.

“I tried to not let it get to me too much in the week leading up to the game,” Grainger-Barras said.

“Logan had started the game off amazing. He kicked three goals in the first half, so I was given the job at half-time to play on Logan which I was super excited to get to play on him and do that role for the team.

“We had a pre-season practice match against (McDonald’s WAFL club) Perth, and they were getting stuck into me the whole team very vocally and physically, so I knew it was going to be a challenging match.”

Grainger-Barras, who is tipped by many to be a top five pick in the upcoming draft, said his coaches instructions were clear.

“I was given a really strict role to go and stop Logan, but at the same time to play my game and impact through the air and I feel like I kept that balance really well,” Grainger-Barras said.

“I kept Logan without a goal in the second half and I took some really good marks and some big intercepts in the second half as well.”

The Swans would go on to defeat McDonald’s Perth side by 27 points, with Grainger-Barras ending the match with 16 disposals, eight marks and the points over his fellow draft mate.







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Roughead role revealed in Frawley backflip


Jarryd Roughead’s persistence over some beers got Hawthorn premiership defender James Frawley thinking that his AFL retirement call may have been premature.

The 32-year-old on Thursday joined his third club, linking up with St Kilda as a delisted free agent, just six weeks after pulling the pin on his 239-game career with Melbourne and the Hawks.

It is a homecoming, of sorts, for Frawley who arrives at the club he supported as a child and where his late uncle Danny is one of its most revered figures.

But it was his former Hawthorn teammate Roughead, who now works at St Kilda, who proved to be integral in the retirement backflip.

“I planned to play at a VAFA (amateur level) side and start trying to work out what I wanted to do after footy; the next 20-25 years of my life,” Frawley said on Friday.

“Then I had a few beers with Roughy up in Noosa and just got chatting and he said St Kilda might be keen – that was the first I heard of it and I was a bit surprised.

“A bit weird coming to a third club but really excited to get out here and try to help this group strive to get better and hopefully to the ultimate success of a premiership.”

Frawley said his entire family is wrapped he had opted to finish off his career with the Saints.

He believes Danny, who died in September 2019 after a long battle with his mental health, would be thrilled, too.

But James is certain his uncle, a renowned prankster, would have some choice words for him.

“Pretty much my whole family barracks for St Kilda. We used to go to Waverley basically every weekend and watch the club play.

“When I left Hawthorn, he (Frawley’s father) goes ‘at least I can go back to barracking for St Kilda now’.

“(Danny would) probably come in and give me a headlock and a punch in the arm and say ‘you’ve got a big name to live up to, don’t stuff it up’.”

Danny, who played for 240 games for St Kilda and captained the club with distinction, will soon be memorialised at Moorabbin, with a new $16 million community wellbeing hub centre to be named after him.





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NRL 2020: biggest player transfers, Latrell Mitchell, Rabbitohs, Sonny Bill Williams Roosters, Kyle Flanagan, Brodie Croft, Broncos, Ryan Matterson, Eels


It’s not an NRL season without some big and sometimes unexpected player movements.

This year we saw the return of cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams in a highly unusual deal, Val’s Holmescoming to rugby league and Latrell Mitchell in new colours AND in a new position.

Some of this year’s player movements were an overwhelming success — like Harry Grant becoming the Wests Tigers’ cult hero — while others fell flat.

Foxsports.com.au has dissected 10 of the biggest transfers for 2020, whether the deal was done last year or they were mid-season signings, and rated them on how well the transfer worked out.

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Delisted Lion finds new home, defender re-signs


Adelaide has swooped for former Brisbane defender Mitch Hinge.

Hinge joined the Crows on a two-year deal as a delisted free agent, taking up the opportunity to return home to South Australia.

The 22-year-old played three games for the Lions after being selected with pick 20 in the 2017 rookie draft.

“We’re delighted to add Mitch to our playing list for season 2021,” Crows list boss Justin Reid said.

“He stands at 190cm tall and offers plenty of versatility across a wing or half-back.

“Mitch is competitive, excellent one-on-one, has a strong left-foot kick and the ability to play either a lockdown role or use his power and attacking skills to break lines.

“He was an emergency for both of Brisbane’s finals this year in a really talented squad and has shown what he can do at state league level, so we really see a lot of opportunity for him at the club.”

Brisbane shored up their defensive stocks for 2021 by re-signing Ryan Lester.

Lester, 28, inked a two-year contract extension on Thursday.

“I feel very proud to have been at the one club for a long period of time and that it is going to continue for a couple more years,” Lester told Brisbane’s club website.

“Not many players get to be at the one club and I’m grateful for that and for the experiences I’ve had.

“This last season was the best we’ve had in my time at the club and hopefully there’s many good times ahead.”

Lester has played 144 games for the Lions since debuting in 2011.

Brisbane also delisted speedster Cedric Cox.







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State of Origin 2020 result: Queensland team photo, Cameron Munster, drunk, hungover, Skipper and the Prez podcast


It may have been the secret to Cameron Munster’s historically good Origin series.

If he could survive a two-hour Queensland team photo torture session straight after several days of Melbourne Storm premiership celebrations and no sleep, what could NSW throw at him he couldn’t handle?

Like Munster’s Wally Lewis Medal-winning performance in the Maroons’ 2-1 series win, the 26-year-old’s display while having photographs taken with his teammates before game one will go down in Origin folklore.

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NRL 2021 Draw: strength of schedule, who each team plays twice, who has the hardest draw, analysis, Brisbane Broncos


The 2020 season finished only just over a month ago but the draw for next year is already here.

With the help of the Fox Sports Lab, we have broken down just how difficult each team’s draw is.

The strength of the schedule is based off the Lab Predictor’s ratings for each team, which also factors in how teams have historically gone at scheduled venues.

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Rendell’s Trade Grades – St Kilda


Former AFL recruiter Matt Rendell has delivered his assessments of each of the 18 clubs and their performances in the recent Trade Period.

It was another successful trade period for St Kilda who again landed some quality players from other clubs to strengthen an improving list.

See Rendell’s Tyrepower Trade Grade for the Saints below:

Trade Grade: A-

Rendell says:
Brad Crouch is the key here because he has cost them nothing, hasn’t been overpaid and at his best he is a super player who could take them to the next level.

Jack Higgins suits the brand of football very well, which is starting to mirror Richmond’s and they got him cheap as well.

Shaun McKernan is a handy back-up to Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder, while Marshall can play key defence as well.

Beautiful top-ups and would have received an A had they been able to offload some players who couldn’t make their team last year in Jimmy Webster and Luke Dunstan.

Rating is based on Crouch being his best at no cost.

Ins:
Brad Crouch (from Adelaide)
Jack Higgins (from Richmond)
Shaun McKernan (Delisted free agent, from Essendon)

Outs:
Nick Hind (to Essendon)

2020 draft hand:
21, 64, 67, 74, 93

2020 season performance:
Wins: 11
Losses: 8
Position: 6th (lost Semi Final)

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