NRL players Matt Moylan, Waqa Blake and Peta Hiku have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being dropped for one game for breaking team curfew.
The Penrith players skipped out of the team hotel for a quiet beverage in Melbourne while their team mates tucked themselves into bed. The trio were then dropped for the game against the Rabbitohs, which the Panthers subsequently lost by one point.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.
Moylan, Blake and Hiku face tough opposition for The Frownlow Medal, from players such as ex-Tiger Tim Simona, who bet on his own games, encouraged his partner to abort his baby, abused drugs and alcohol and blew most of his substantial NRL salary and was banished from the NRL.
The Frownlow Medal winner will be announced later in the year.
First published in April 2017.