James Frawley (footballer)

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James Frawley
James Frawley 2018.1.jpg
Frawley playing for Hawthorn in April 2018
Personal information
Full name James Frawley
Nickname(s) Chips [1] [2] [3]
Date of birth (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 33)
Original team(s) North Ballarat Rebels
Draft No. 12, 2006 national draft
Debut Round 9, 2007, Melbourne
vs.  Kangaroos, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
2007–2014 Melbourne 139 (18)
2015–2020 Hawthorn 100 0(6)
2021 St Kilda 002 0(0)
Total241 (24)
International team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
2010–2011 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2021.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

James Frawley (born 20 September 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played with the Melbourne Football Club, Hawthorn Football Club and St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Contents

AFL career

While completing his final year at Damascus College Ballarat, [4] Frawley was recruited from the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup following from his junior ranks at the East Ballarat Junior Football Netbal Club in the Ballarat Football Netball League. He was taken by the Melbourne Demons with their first round pick (12th overall) in the 2006 AFL Draft. He is the nephew of a former St Kilda captain, Danny Frawley.

Melbourne (2007–2014)

Frawley with Melbourne in 2007. James frawley.jpg
Frawley with Melbourne in 2007.

Frawley debuted for the Demons in Round 9, 2007 and played all of his games in defence. He played nine senior games in his first year of AFL football.

Not known for his kicking efficiency, Frawley had a tough and uncompromising defensive style of play.

The 2010 season was a breakout year for Frawley who, at still only 21 years of age, became one of the premier defenders in the league. His season was capped off by being named in the back pocket for the 2010 All-Australian squad [5] and finishing second to Brad Green in Melbourne's Best and Fairest. [6]

Coming off his breakthrough season in 2010, Frawley's 2011 season started with a setback as he was sidelined for up to three months after tearing his pectoral muscle in January. [7]

In 2014, under the new coaching structure of Paul Roos, Frawley began to play more of a forward role. His defensive efforts inside Melbourne's forward 50 was a contributing factor towards their on-field improvement.

Hawthorn (2015–2020)

On 6 October 2014, Frawley exercised his rights as a free agent and joined the Hawthorn Football Club. [8] He was to play under his eighth coach, three of which were caretaker coaches. [9]

Frawley featured in the club's 2015 premiership winning team at the end of the season and played an instrumental role in the victory, keeping Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy goalless for the entire match. [10]

On 8 October 2020, Frawley retired from the AFL. [11]

St Kilda (2021)

Frawley backflipped on his retirement and joined St Kilda as a delisted free agent on 26 November 2020. He had announced his retirement from the Hawks at the end of 2020 but was lured out of retirement and was eligible for selection as a delisted free agent following the first list lodgement on 25 November. [12] Frawley played in a practice match against North Melbourne in February. He also played in the Saints' Community Series win against Carlton, but suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and did see out the match. As a result of the injury, Frawley is expected to miss eight to ten weeks of the regular season. [13] After two games for St Kilda, Frawley retired for the second time at the conclusion of the 2021 AFL season. [14]

Statistics

Legend
 G  Goals  K  Kicks  D  Disposals  T  Tackles
 B  Behinds  H  Handballs  M  Marks
AFL playing statistics
SeasonTeamNo.GamesTotalsAverages (per game) Votes
GBKHDMTGBKHDMT
2007 Melbourne 890035326721150.00.03.93.67.42.31.70
2008 Melbourne 81100663810444210.00.06.03.59.54.01.90
2009 Melbourne 8201115412427889380.10.17.76.213.94.51.90
2010 Melbourne 82111234157391123490.00.011.17.518.65.92.33
2011 Melbourne 82111238154392109320.00.011.37.318.75.21.52
2012 Melbourne 819012158029596450.00.111.34.215.55.12.40
2013 Melbourne 817011658625197340.00.19.75.114.85.72.00
2014 Melbourne 8211516219101320156460.70.810.44.815.27.42.23
2015 # Hawthorn 1218611488423288320.30.18.24.712.94.91.70
2016 Hawthorn 122200191112303114480.00.08.75.113.85.22.20
2017 Hawthorn 12800773911652130.00.09.64.914.56.51.20
2018 Hawthorn 1220001858627191300.00.09.34.313.64.61.50
2019 Hawthorn 1218001576121877270.00.08.73.412.14.31.51
2020 [lower-alpha 1] Hawthorn 121400774512241100.00.05.53.28.72.90.70
2021 St Kilda 242001310231020.00.06.55.011.55.01.00
Career [15] 241242221741209338312084420.10.19.05.014.05.01.89

Notes

  1. The 2020 season was played with 17 home-and-away matches per team (down from 22) and 16-minute quarters with time on (down from 20-minute quarters with time on) due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honours and achievements

Team

Individual

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