Danny Frawley’s great mate Garry Lyon has delivered a stirring address to the two teams and fans for Frawley’s tribute match.
With Frawley’s beloved Saints in action against Melbourne, the Round Two clash was named ‘Spud’s Match’ in honour of Frawley and was delayed by two minutes to allow for the tribute.
Frawley’s wife, Anita, and three daughters were also on hand, standing together on the boundary line as Lyon delivered his inspirational address.
Lyon, who was one of Frawley’s closest friends, addressed the two teams and the crowd in attendance at Marvel Stadium with a stirring speech prior to the contest.
“Whether you’re sitting in the stands or watching at home on the TV, it’s a time to talk,” he said.
“If there’s an issue at home, if there’s a problem, if you think there’s something that needs to be said, we are encouraging you tonight to talk. That’s what Spud would have wanted you to do.
“If you didn’t know Danny Frawley like we did, he had his three great loves. He loved his family most of all, then he loved his mates, and he loved to compete.
“This time right here just before the game was starting was when he was at his best. He was standing alongside his mates and he was eyeballing the blokes standing across the line, and that’s what he was all about.
“I was thinking about it before, and I thought, ‘What would the message be to Jack Steele and the boys’, (it would be) ‘don’t you dare take a backward step tonight boys’. He’ll be watching.
“What would he say to Maxy (Gawn) and the Melbourne boys? Make sure you’re worthy of the honour of being involved in this game tonight. That’s what it’s all about. Look after your mates.”
The Frawley tribute match brought Lockett, his old St Kilda teammate and the AFL’s record goal-kicker, to Melbourne to watch a match for the first time since the 2000 season.
“Like everyone here, I loved the bloke, he was just fantastic,” an emotional Lockett told Seven before the match.
“It’s just great that the AFL and the club now have put together this game and we really need to make the most of it for Danny’s sake.
“It’s hard (to describe Frawley) in one or two words, but I would say inspirational. Danny was an icon at our club, but even bigger than the club, he was an icon in the industry.
“I’m very honoured and privileged to be here. Danny was a great mate of mine and my heart goes out to Anita and the three girls.”
One of the ends of Marvel Stadium was also named the Frawley end in honour of the departed AFL legend.
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