The NSW Waratahs club captain admitted to urinating on the public bar at the Woollahra Hotel, in Sydney, while celebrating his buck’s party. He was suspended as club captain and fined $4000 for the incident.
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 Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
Phipps has announced his candidacy for The Frownlow Medal this year, but will find it hard to enter The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame up against some of the true masters of public urination.
Former NRL player Todd Carney is the most famous urinator, and his ability to demonstrate such impressive accuracy and control, as well as maintaining recommended levels of post-match hydration, saw him inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
Former NRL player Greg Bird also earned a nomination during his wedding weekend, but outshone Phipps when he urinated on a Police car in Byron Bay.
Bird and Carney head a list of past and present NRL players, and Frownlow urinators, including Craig Gower, Anthony Watmough, Willie Mason, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen, Terrence Seu Seu and Frownlow legend Julian O’Neill.
Phipps will discover later this year if he has done enough to win The Frownlow Medal.
First published in May, 2018.