NRL player Maika Sivo waited until the day before the official announcement to earn himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
With two days left of the calendar year, Sivo involved himself in an alleged incident of annoyance at a hotel in Fiji and placed himself in contention to win the greatest prize in Australian sport.
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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
The leading try scorer for season 2019 has been charged with ‘indecent annoyance’ for allegedly pulling on the skirt of a female bartender at a hotel in Fiji.
The timing of the incident earns Sivo the honour of receiving the latest ever nomination in the history of The Frownlow Medal, so he has already won two accolades in his first season in the NRL.
Can he add Frownlow honours to that list?