Tayla Harris Gives Grand Final Day Tribute To Danny Frawley
The late AFL icon Danny Frawley was the inspiration behind some grand final day heroics from Tayla Harris.
AFLW star Harris lined up for a Longest Kick competition before the big game got underway on Saturday, and she showed up a host of big names from the men's league.
Her punt flew more than 61 metres, placing her third in the Fox Footy kicking game, out of 12 participants. The Carlton icon was just shy of the winning punt of 66.8 metres, from Melbourne's Clayton Oliver.
Harris is already a legend of the AFLW, with the iconic photo of her booting a monster goal against the Western Bulldogs in March now immortalised in bronze outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But she has gone a step further in etching her name into history books with a podium finish in Saturday's longest kick contest, and she has revealed where her inspiration came from.
"That was for you Spud," she tweeted on Sunday morning, followed by an emoji of a heart.
Spud was the nickname of former St Kilda champion and Richmond coach Danny Frawley, who was earlier this month killed in a car crash in Victoria.
Frawley's death sparked a huge outpouring of sympathy and grief from the AFL community, with tributes pouring in from across the country.
Frawley, nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm, played 240 games for St Kilda before coaching Richmond to the 2001 preliminary final.
He went on to commentate the AFL for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network as well as work part-time as a defensive coach with his beloved Saints.
Harris had earlier tweeted a photo of her with Frawley, saying before the competition that it "won't be the same without Spud today".