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‘He’ll always be my hero’: Frawley honoured at Saints best and fairest

Danny Frawley’s long-time teammates Robert Harvey and Stewart Loewe paid tribute to the late St Kilda captain at an emotion-charged Saints best and fairest on Wednesday night.

The Trevor Barker Award count at Crown Palladium had a sombre tinge following the tragic death of Frawley in a car crash on Monday.

Danny Frawley, centre, celebrates a Saints win with Stuart Loewe and Robert Harvey in 1995.Credit:Getty Images

Club greats Harvey and Loewe, both close mates of Frawley, opened the night’s proceedings with moving words about the man they both played alongside for years.

“He was larger than life,” said Loewe, who along with Nathan Burke succeeded Frawley as Saints captain at the end of 1995.

“He was the country kid. He was a footballer, he was our skipper. He was a coach. He was a spud farmer, he was a media personality, he was a husband, he was a dad. He was a brother. He was a friend to many. And he was one of my best mates, and he’ll always be my hero.

“He had enormous empathy. He had an insatiable hunger to be the best that he could be. He was the man that I just adored.

A tribute to former St Kilda player Danny Frawley at the 2019 Trevor Barker Award presentation at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Wednesday night.Credit:AAP

“Tonight is about reflection, it’s about perspective, and understanding about what life is truly about.

“All he ever wanted for this club, was success. And we know if we can keep filling this room with people like him, we will get it.

“Rest in peace mate, I love you…we know the big man will always be watching over us.”

Dual Brownlow Medallist Harvey spoke of the heartbreak felt by Frawley’s wife Anita and daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle.

Saints fans write tributes to former St Kilda player Danny Frawley during the club’s best and fairest award evening.Credit:AAP

Harvey said reunions of former Saints teammates wouldn’t be the same.

“It’s just changed forever now. For the guy that told most of the stories, he just won’t be there,” Harvey said.

“Forever in our hearts, we just love you.”

Burke was also interviewed by another of Frawley's teammates Michael Roberts about memories of the full-back, and concurred with Loewe’s description of Frawley as “the glue” that held the Saints together.

A video montage of Frawley, accompanied with the musical backing of Danny Boy, was also shown to the crowd.

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