Judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are searching for former AFL player Gach Nyuon in order to issue him with his second Frownlow nomination. The former Essendon rookie has not been in contact with judges since he failed to appear in court on charges of armed robbery and assault.
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, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.
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.
Nyuon has recently been playing lower-grade football and has fallen from the lofty heights of the AFL. He now becomes one of the select few footballers to have been nominated for both The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
The ex-Bomber received his first nomination in 2016, when he was charged with public intoxication, threatening to kill an Uber driver, resisting arrest and property damage. He didn’t win the Frownlow that year because NRL player Corey Norman got himself involved in even more off-field drama. However, Nyuon has a very good chance of redeeming himself this year and earning induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.