AFL player Majack Daw is the first footballer from outside the NRL to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal in 2019, following a bizarre series of events which saw him rescued from the Yarra river.
Daw is reported to have fallen from Bolte Bridge into the Yarra recently and had to be rescued by emergency service workers late at night. It is believed he had fought with his girlfriend, mixed prescription medication then hopped in his car. His car was found at the top of the bride while Daw was rescued from the river. He suffered serious injuries and was sent to hospital
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, while Karmichael Hunt is the most recent recipient.
The North Melbourne defender becomes the first AFL player to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal in 2019 after a string of nominations for NRL players, most of whom have been charged with violence against women.
North Melbourne fans are anxious for the defender to recover from his injuries, and to find out whether he has done enough to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.