Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.

Paul Vaughan’s house party has created 11 new nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Vaughan’s Dragons teammates have been nominated after they breached NRL COVID protocols and could face huge fines and severe punishment.

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.

Matt Dufty, Zac Lomax, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Josh Maguire and Josh Kerr earn their first nominations, while Frownlow judges are already familiar with Jack Bird, Tyrell Fuimaono and Corey Norman. All of the players attended a party at Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour, NSW, after St George Illawarra narrowly beat the Warriors. Players are not supposed to have guests at their house, in line with Greater Sydney COVID restrictions, and the players breached restrictions imposed by the government and the NRL itself. The players were caught out when neighbour’s called police with a noise complaint.

Media reports have also revealed that seven of the players fled down the street when the police arrived to investigate. The impromptu sprint session has earned more condemnation from fans and commentators.

All of the players have reportedly been issued with a standard $1000 fine, but the NRL is considering its own punishment for an act that could cost the players substantial fines, isolation, suspensions, time away from training and possibly competition points for the Dragons, who currently sit at 7th on the ladder.

Norman is the 2016 Frownlow medallist and is a serial nominee. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and earlier in 2021, when he got involved in a street fight outside Northies in Cronulla. Norman runs a clothing brand with fellow nominee James Segeyaro. It is called You Know the Rules. It seems he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Vaughan was also nominated in 2020, for a COVID breach.

The coming days will reveal the extent of the punishment for the Dragons players and the club. At least the 12 partygoers have had a good warm up for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

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One response to “Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.”

  1. The Fine Doesn’t Fit the Crime!
    Not really a Crime…
    It has been proven around the world that Lockdowns do Nothing toward the narrated purpose or attempted goal.
    And by the way, Science tells us that 99% plus …of Masks used don’t stop the Virus (proven)…
    And these guys are all family; seen by all of us as they Tackle, Roll in each others Sweat and Spit and Snot and at times Blood in games and at Training; which means they share more bacteria with each other on a football field than any Husband and Wife sharing a bed together every night…
    Just ask the Health Minister in South Australia ?
    Those in the club and anybody else that put rediculous penalties on these players, Should Be Ashamed of themselves!
    They are all family with one another and should be recognized as that.
    They eat and drink together
    They shower together
    Share the same toilets
    They hug and kiss!
    Shame on you St. George🤯Illawarra
    Worst Performance by Any Club in the NRL
    Maybe Worst Performance by any Club Period…
    This Needs to be Fixed ASAP!
    …Before these Players’ Fan Base Go Follow another Team/Club as I would expect

    *All in the name of a virus that has a 99.7% recovery rate!
    Follow “Sweden”
    No Lockdowns
    No Masks
    No Jabs
    Over COVid – August 2020
    …and Now Declared as the most Financially Successful Country in the World today!
    *Com’mon Aussies’
    Support your Family of Players
    Not the Club that Treats them with such Disrespect!


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