Zaine Cordy is a good AFL player. Not great. He has played at the highest level for Western Bulldogs and won a premiership in 2016, but he won’t go down as one of the greats. That’s why he is so elated to have earned his 15 minutes of fame and a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
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 star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.
Cordy chose Mad Monday to grab his 15 minutes, and got so drunk that he was photographed slumped on the wall of the pub in Melbourne before being carried into a taxi by Bulldogs teammates.
Getting drunk at a Mad Monday celebration is mild compared to other actions which have earned Fronwlow nominations, and that is why Cordy will only be famous for 15 minutes.
Once he recovers from his hangover, Cordy still has 4 months to impress judges of The Frownlow Medal, which will be awarded later this year.