St Kilda and Hawthorn would hold up opposite ends of the ladder when the 1986 season came to an end but you wouldn’t have known it when the two teams met at Moorabbin in Round Four. A young Saints team, ambushed the unsuspecting Hawks to kick the first four goals of the match. With seven goals from Tony Lockett and three from Danny Frawley, the Graeme Gellie coached team stood toe to toe with the eventual premiers until the final siren.
Yes, you read that right. Danny Frawley kicked three goals!
In an era full of superstar full-forwards, the demand for his goal-stopping abilities meant he was very rarely presented with the opportunity to display his wares at the opposite end of the ground. This is perhaps why he was so happy to do so when given the chance by Coach Gellie in 1986.
“It’s harder but I am happy to play anywhere for the sake of the team,” he told the Football Record in May 1986. “I played all my football in Ballarat on the forward line so I’m not really a stranger to it and you have to be versatile these days – you only have to look at Essendon to see that.”
He would end the year with seven goals to his name for his only top ten finish in the club’s goalkicking. In no other season would he kick more than two goals, which makes his three goals against Hawthorn in 1986 a performance worth remembering.