Melbourne star Angus Brayshaw has elected to sidestep the AFL’s night of nights.
Brayshaw is still recovering from a sickening collision with Collingwod’’s Brayden Maynard in the Dees’ qualifying final loss.
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The midfield star who finished third in the Brownlow Medal count in 2018 will watch on from home on Monday night, News Corp reports.
His decision to ditch the biggest night of the year alongside fiancee Danielle Frawley will see his place at the Melbourne table taken by Jack Viney and his partner Charlotte.
“I think the last two years Jack got suspended so we haven’t been since the one in the hub,’’ Charlotte said.
“There’s not too many events where you get to have a gown custom made for you. It’s also so good seeing what everyone else is wearing and seeing the vision of the stylist and designer come to life.”
The widow of St Kilda legend Danny Frawley, Anita Frawley, has opened up on the trauma her family has shared with the Brayshaws since her future son-in-law, Angus, was knocked out.
The incident split the football world and sparked outrage as debate raged over whether an accident could attract penalty at the tribunal.
Despite Brayshaw being knocked out cold and lying motionless on the MCG turf for two minutes, Maynard was exonerated at the tribunal, with Tribunal chair Jeff Gleeson KC ruling that Maynard’s decision to brace himself in the manner that he did was “reasonable”, and that he had no time to form the intention of bumping.
“The events of the past few days have been extremely traumatising for my family,” Frawley told The Australian.
“We request that we be given privacy to deal with our ongoing trauma, especially during the week of the anniversary of Danny’s death. Discussions about CTE and concussion need to be ongoing and the protection of athletes’ brains has to be sacrosanct.
“There can be no diversion from this as we, as a family, do not want to see anyone else go through the trauma and pain that has and continues to effect us.”
Angus’ uncle James, who now works as a commentator for Seven, further told of the family’s pain, with brother Andrew having had his jaw broken by a brutal off-ball strike from West Coast’s Andrew Gaff in 2018, and mother Debra being present at the ground for both incidents.
“Deb’s done it very tough,” Brayshaw said on Seven’s Talking Finals.
“She was at Optus Stadium when Andrew’s incident happened (in 2018), she was at the ground on the weekend.
“It is so hard (for parents to watch their children play football), because it’s such a brutal game.
“To sit in the stands among 90,000 people and watch your son lie and not move for two minutes – I don’t … we all reached out to her and I hope she is okay and I think she’s battling with it to be honest.”