Toast Farewell and thank you, James Frawley, a premiership hero

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jameses

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Really disappointing to see all the negative comments regarding Frawley’s retirement on Instagram. Does being spiteful to a premiership Hawk make people feel special?

Anyway, fantastic career Chip! No Hawk will ever forget your 2015 Grand Final game! All the best in retirement.
 

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The fourth Hawk to cease playing for Hawthorn with exactly 100 games. George Dower, (100 games for Hawthorn between 1933 and 1940), Bill Pavey (100 games for Hawthorn between 1937 and 1945) and Paul Salmon (100 games for Hawthorn between 1996 and 2000) are the other three players.

Chip joined the Hawks as a free agent from Melbourne at the end of the 2014 season and made his debut for Hawthorn in round 1, 2015 against the Cats. However, he suffered an injury early in the game against the Bombers in round 2 and did not return until round 7 against his former club. With Brian Lake holding down full back for the majority of the season, there was some question whether the two key defenders could co-exist and arguably that question was exacerbated when Clarkson threw Frawley forward for a couple of games against Brisbane and Carlton late in the season (Frawley kicked three goals in each game). It came to a head when, in the qualifying final loss to the Eagles, Clarkson played Frawley up forward to very little effect, with Frawley having six touches and zero goals in Hawthorn's 32 point loss to the Eagles in Perth.

As folklore tells the tale, Frawley pleaded with Clarkson during the week before the semi-final to play on Tex Walker. As a contest, the game was over by quarter-time, and Walker played very little role in it, kicking 1.3 from 10 disposals for the game. The Hawks headed west for a preliminary final against the Dockers, and a match-up on the veteran Matthew Pavlich awaited. In the end it was no contest, with Pavlich kicking one goal from 11 touches as the Hawks booked their place in a fourth consecutive grand final and a shot at triple premiership glory.

As noted above, Frawley neutered Kennedy in the grand final and won his first (and only) AFL premiership in his first season with the club.

Frawley played 22 games for Hawthorn in 2016, including both final losses to Geelong and his former team Melbourne. 2017 was not a great year for Frawley, as injury restricted him to only eight games for the year, but he bounced back to strong form in 2018 and 2019 when he shut down a number of key forwards as the veteran full back. Unfortunately, 2020 was not a great year for the club or Frawley personally, with Frawley playing just 14 games for the season, but he was able to go out on a high with a very comfortable victory over the Suns in round 18.
 

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Really disappointing to see all the negative comments regarding Frawley’s retirement on Instagram. Does being spiteful to a premiership Hawk make people feel special?

Anyway, fantastic career Chip! No Hawk will ever forget your 2015 Grand Final game! All the best in retirement.
It never ceases to amaze me how much the internet just seems to bring out the biggest assw!pes in this world...
 

jameses

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It never ceases to amaze me how much the internet just seems to bring out the biggest assw!pes in this world...
Truly. The same happened with Connor Glass after he retired. Adam Saad turned his comments off because of all the abuse he was copping from Essendon fans, while Daniher deleted his Instagram before they could get to him.

Would love to see these people say it the players’ faces.
 

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Thank you Chip, you played a huge part in our 2015 triumph, and was a consistently valuable contributor. Shame we couldn’t give you a much deserved farewell in the last game but hopefully we get that chance soon, maybe at next years family day. Thank you.
 

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