Parents are being urged to name their new-born Corey after Corey Horsburgh became the fifth player with that name to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal. Horsburgh earned his nomination for low-range drink driving on the same day that a fellow Corey from the same club was nominated for the same offence.
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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.
“Corey is trending,” explained judges of The Frownlow Medal.
“Horsburgh and Harawira-Naera from the Canberra Raiders are the latest players to be in contention for Frownlow honours this year, and they were both nominated for drink driving on the very same day. Their first name must have something to do with that.”
“Let’s not forget that the winner of the Frownlow in 2016 was Corey Norman, who won for all manner of off-field scandals and was recently nominated again for a brawl outside a pub. Then there’s Queensland Origin hero Corey Oates and fellow Bronco Cory Paix, who have been nominated in the past.”
“If you want your child to have a strong chance of winning the most coveted award in Australian sport, call them Corey.”
Judges also reminded parents that the precise spelling of the name is not important, and that Corey/Cory is an ideal name for a boy or a girl.
“All of the Coreys who have so far been nominated have been men, but female footballers from across the four codes are also eligible for the Frownlow, it’s just that none of them have ever done anything scandalous.”
The Canberra Coreys await sanctions from the Raiders and the NRL while they continue their pre-season training, and the Australian public waits to see if anyone named Corey will be good enough to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021.