Rugby League players Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings are the latest footballing besties to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal.
The Manly halves pairing captivated Frownlow judges with their torrid tiff, which earned Cherry-Evans a $10,000 fine and saw Hastings potentially banished from the NRL.
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 Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.
The playmakers proved that halves who play together stay together when they were involved in more than one altercation in Gladstone, Queensland. It is believed the second tiff happened at a strip club. There are unsubstantiated rumours that it started when a stripper tried to get between the two star-crossed lovers. This followed several off-field incidents involving Hastings.
Like every great football bromance, the relationship was repaired after the players kissed and made up, put the incident behind them and committed themselves to winning games and moving forward…
The pair will now attend the grand awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year. They will take their place at the Bromance table alongside Justin Hodges and Corey Oates, James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman, Wayne Carey and Anthony Stevens, Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon, as well as Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr, and Daniel Connors…
First published in April, 2018.