The AFL is set to host the third annual Spud's Game: A Match for Mental Health, on Friday June 23 to help raise funds for various mental health initiatives run out of the Danny Frawley Centre.

Previous years have shown a terrific initiative that not only honoured the great legacy of Danny Frawley, but also a great fundraiser for many supportive mental health organisations.

This year, Spud's game will feature a curtain raiser game at 7:20 (AEST), which will feature many popular football and Australian sports icons.

Former AFL players

Other Australian Athletes

  • Sharni Norder (Netball/AFLW)
  • Ryan Broekhoff (Basketball)
  • Archie Thompson (Soccer)

Daughter of Danny, Chelsea Frawley, will also take part alongside journalist Nat Edwards.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Garry Lyon, Tony Lockett and Stewart Loewe pause to remember Danny Frawley during the 2021 AFL Round 02 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on March 27, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Former Kangaroo Majak Daw is one of AFL's largest ambassadors for mental health, having opened up about his struggles during his AFL career. Close friends and fellow Saints clubmen Leigh Montagna and Brendon Goddard will also participate to honour an icon of the game

St Kilda Chief Executive Officer Simon Lethlean said the match was one not to be missed.

“Spud's Game is already a key fixture on the Saints' calendar, and this curtain raiser will only add to what I'm sure will be a great night raising much needed funds for the Danny Frawley Centre,” Lethlean told Saints Media.

“With the curtain raiser bounce scheduled for 7.20pm (AEST), we encourage everyone to be in their seats nice and early as to not miss a minute of the action.

“We'll make sure to have the ice baths ready at the Danny Frawley Centre for what we can only assume will be a few sore bodies, all in the spirit of a great cause.”

The last two Spud's Game matches have raised a combined total of over $1 million, with hopes to set a new record this year. All funds raised are contributed to organisations run at the Danny Frawley Centre.

“We still have a number of faces yet to be revealed, so we encourage everyone to keep an eye out for those announcements,” Lethlean said.

Those wishing to make a donation to Spud's Game, secure their seat or learn more information can visit

St Kilda will host Brisbane at Marvel Stadium on Friday, June 23 for Spud's Game.