Jack de Belin vs. Jarryd Hayne. The showdown for The Frownlow Medal.

Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin could fight out The Frownlow Medal in 2019 after both being charged with alleged sexual assault.

The two high-profile Rugby League players are currently leading the race for the most prestigious award in Australian sport, ahead of part-time porn stars, nudists, drunks, thugs, drug addicts, bigots, gamblers, drink drivers and taxi slappers.

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.

Standing in the way of Hayne and de Belin winning the award are their lengthy court cases, and a long list of fellow footballers putting their hand up for the prize. The legal proceedings which will determine the players’ innocence or guilt may not be finished by the time The Frownlow Medal is announced later this year, which throws the competition wide open.

Every winner of The Frownlow Medal so far has played Rugby League, and NRL players dominate the nominations again this year.

Scott Bolton and former Cowboys teammate Ben Barba are in contention, while Zane Musgrove and Liam Coleman still have a chance, despite being kicked out of the NRL. Dylan Walker was nominated for allegedly assaulting his partner, but was not found guilty, ruling him out of the race.

NRL players got nude this year, appearing on the front page of newspapers, on social media and all over the internet, in a desperate bid to be noticed. Some played Slap the Taxi and an entire club, the Cronulla Sharks, got themselves banned from a local venue due to the behaviour of some of their players.

AFL player Jaidyn Stephenson poses the biggest threat to NRL dominance, as he has earned the longest suspension from the game, serving 10 games on the sideline after being found guilty of betting on AFL games. AFL colleague Majak Daw provided the most bizarre incident when his body was found beside the Yarra River.

Israel Folau could follow fellow code-hopper Karmichael Hunt and take out The Frownlow Medal, after refusing to remove a homophobic post from social media and losing his contract with Rugby Australia. A host of fellow footballers, including AFL player Gary Ablett Jr. earned Frownlow nominations for ‘liking’ his posts.

The A-League continued its poor showing in The Frownlow Medal, with only Ken Ilso nominated for testing positive to a banned substance.

As the winter codes near the business end of their respective seasons, the race is well and truly on for The Frownlow Medal.

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Israel Folau seeks divine intervention in the race for The Frownlow Medal.

Rugby Union player Israel Folau has looked to the heavens for assistance to win The Frownlow Medal in what has become the toughest year ever to claim the prestigious award.

Folau asked the almighty to raise him above a depraved bunch of drunks, fornicators, exhibitionists and alleged rapists who have also been nominated for the most sought-after award 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.

Folau refused to remove a homophobic tweet and when his contract was subsequently torn up by Rugby Australia, he earned favouritism for Frownlow honours. However, he faces tough opposition.

Challenging the controversial tweet are multiple allegations of violence against women. Rugby League players Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin are still involved in court cases concerning allegations of sexual assault, while Zane Musgrove was kicked out of the NRL for a case of violence against women. His partner in crime on that occasion, Liam Coleman, also remains in the running for the Frownlow.

Ben Barba, meanwhile, was accused of assaulting his partner and the mother of his children, and even though the allegations were dropped, they cost him his contract with the Cowboys and he is no longer playing in the NRL.

Dylan Walker was favoured to win, until he was found not guilty of assaulting his partner, which means that the front runner at this stage of the season is another Cowboys player, Scott Bolton.

Bolton pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a nightclub and, as a result, remains the only footballer to have been awarded a Wife Beater Tattoo, and is the player with the strongest claim to The Frownlow Medal.

Fellow NRL players have put their hands up. Micheal Chee Kam and Tautau Moga clashed with ride share drivers, and Jaeman Salmon was found guilty of driving offences. Meanwhile, Dylan Napa, Tyrone May, Tyrone Phillips and Coleman all appeared in lewd sex tapes on the internet.

The Folau tweet was ‘liked’ by in a host of fellow players from AFL, Super Rugby and the NRL, who also received nominations, while a number of AFL players earned nominations for alcohol-related incidents.

Ken Ilso is the lone nominee for the A-League, which yet again failed to match the other football codes in the race for The Frownlow Medal.

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Shocking revelation sends Dylan Walker into despair.

NRL player Dylan Walker burst into tears recently when he was presented with the news that he has been ruled out of the race for The Frownlow Medal in 2019. Walker saw his chances of glory slip away when he was found not guilty of assaulting his partner and the mother of his child.

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.

Emotions flowed during an interview with an Australian media outlet as Walker finally realised the magnitude of his actions and his failed attempt to win the biggest prize in Australian sport.

Walker had been accused of allegedly assaulting his partner in the street in the early hours of the morning after an argument while he was playing video games. His partner changed her statement during the court case and Walker was ultimately found not guilty. As a result, he was allowed to return to playing NRL for the Manly Sea Eagles and was ruled ineligible for The Frownlow Medal.

The talented centre will have to do something very special in order to win The Frownlow Medal this year, as fellow players hold standing nominations for actions such as assault, violence against women, rape, sex tapes and drug and alcohol abuse.

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Kalifa Faifai Loa nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Kalifa Faifai Loa has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following incidents of poor discipline.

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 and Karmichael Hunt was 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.

Faifai Loa was sacked by the Newcastle Knights for disciplinary reasons in 2008. He was also charged with drink driving during his career and was ejected from more than one homestay, as a youngster, for disciplinary reasons.

Faifai Loa was also drawn into the drug possession and trafficking scandal involving numerous players from the Gold Coast Titans, as well as Karmichael Hunt. Faifai Loa was cleared in court of any charges related to this incident.

Faifai Loa will discover later this year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Tautau Moga plays ‘slap the taxi’ during NRL off-season.

Tautau Moga has invented a new pre-season training drill for NRL players called ‘slap the taxi’.

The Newcaslte Knights centre developed the game during a night out in Newcastle on Boxing Day and is hoping that the drill will prove popular enough to be integrated into strength and conditioning sessions, or at least popular enough to win him The Frownlow Medal in 2019.

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.

Media reported that Moga was refused entry to a pub in Newcastle before the incident with the taxi driver, for which he has been charged with assault.

The incident has earned Moga a Frownlow nomination and has seen him become the eighth rugby league player to be charged with some form of assault since the 2018 grand final. The charge is also similar to that levelled against Wests Tigers player Michael Chee Kam, although Chee Kam allegedly scuffled with a Uber driver.

This is Moga’s second nomination for Frownlow honours. In 2016 he was nominated for throwing eggs at cars with some of his then North Queensland Cowboys teammates.

To find out more about Moga’s rivals for The Frownlow Medal in 2019, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.

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Dylan Napa wants a bit of Frownlow action.

NRL player Dylan Napa was getting a bit toey. He was keen for some action. He’s put in a few months of pre-season training, the NRL won’t start for a few months and he was getting bored. Meanwhile, many other players were putting their hands up for The Frownlow Medal.

So Napa went and got his own nomination after a website posted an old video of him enjoying some off-field recreation with a young woman. The video spread through the internet and his new club, the Canterbury Bulldogs, was forced to make a statement before Napa has even played a game for them.

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 Queensland State of Origin player actually earns his third nomination for the prestigious medal. He was nominated in 2016 and 2017, but missed out in 2018, when some of his new Bulldogs teammates earned nominations for getting their gear off and having images splashed all over the media during a Mad Monday celebration.

Napa is hoping that his effort at bonding with his fellow doggies is enough to win him the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

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Harley Bennell chooses Frownlow honours as his New Year’s resolution.

AFL player Harley Bennell just announced his New Year’s resolution to the public – win The Frownlow Medal in 2019. The Fremantle Dockers player was reportedly asked to leave a Cottesloe hotel on Sunday for being too intoxicated and subsequently earned a nomination for the biggest 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. Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was 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.

Bennell has caught the attention of Frownlow judges in the past. He was nominated for the medal twice in 2017 and has been involved in enough scandals in previous seasons to also qualify for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

His Frownlow resume includes driving without a licence, poor discipline and accusations of drug use with current Frownlow medallist Karmichael Hunt. The talented player was eventually released by Gold Coast Suns for a drunken incident and was also drunk when he was kicked off a Virgin flight.

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Martin Kennedy Was Smuggling More Than Budgies.

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Former NRL player Martin Kennedy has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested at his Bondi home for involvement in an international wildlife smuggling ring.

 

Suspicious Bondi locals alerted police to the fact that the ex-Roosters and Broncos player rarely wore ‘speedos’ to the beach and the subsequent investigation revealed he was, in fact, smuggling wildlife.

It is not yet known if police seized a rooster or an energetic horse in the raid.

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. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.

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 Todd Carney.

Kenendy is still actually serving a suspension from the NRL for breaching the anti-doping policy and for trying to delete evidence of his wrong-doing from his phone.

Police were quick to squash any vicious and unsubstantiated rumours that Kennedy supplied a very prominent Rooster with the dog which earned that player a nomination for the 2016 Frownlow.

Kennedy now faces tough opposition for a place in the Hall of Fame from ex-footballers who have been charged with offences such as a drunken bromantic tiff, armed robbery, a street brawl and even the rape of a 14-yr-old girl.

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First published in March 2017.

Mitchell Pearce Top Dog in Fight for The Frownlow Medal.

NSW Origin half Mitchell Pearce leads the race for the 2016 Frownlow Medal following a scandalous drunken incident at an Australia Day celebration.

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. Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.

Viral images of Pearce interacting with a canine during the festivities see him lead the race for the highly prestigious award which celebrates the off field achievements of players from the NRL, AFL, A League and Super Rugby.

Pearce has staked his claim very early in an effort to emulate Roosters team mate Kenny-Dowall.

“I’ve been putting in the hard yards in the off season…” said Pearce “…and I had the chance to put some points on the board early in the competition and I made the most of that chance.”

First published January 2016.

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Shaun Kenny-Dowall Wins Inaugural Frownlow Medal

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Sydney Roosters Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall has won the inaugural Frownlow Medal ahead of a star studded list of players from Rugby League, Football, Rugby Union and Australian Rules Football.

The New Zealand born back earned the most votes thanks to his promotion of family values and his tireless work for the community based organisation, Neighbourhood Watch.

The prestigious 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.

Kenny-Dowall narrowly edged out Gold Coast Titans player David Taylor and Karmichael Hunt from the Queensland Reds, as well as fellow Roosters backline maestro Michael Jennings.

“I can’t believe how I feel right now, I’ve got no words to describe it. It’s just an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as your Ben Cousins’ and your Todd Carney’s” said Kenny-Dowall.

“But I’ve got to give credit to all the boys at the Roosters and all the fans on social media. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for you guys and I couldn’t have done it without you”.

Kenny-Dowall trailed Hunt and Taylor at the beginning of the season but consistent work off the field throughout the latter half of the year kept his name on everyone’s mind and earned him a strong presence on social media, which converted into votes.

Awards host and former AFL star Ben Cousins highlighted the uniqueness of the new award.

“It’s the first of its kind. It creates bragging rights for a full year for one of the codes and hopefully it will see players continue to astound us with their off field exploits for years to come”.

As well as the prestigious trophy, the victor was presented with a long list of prizes.

  • Two nights twin share in the famous government lodgings in Long Bay, on Sydney’s beautiful eastern beaches, including one complimentary interactive spa experience and one complimentary individual portrait photography session.
  • A three month volunteer internship with an Australian federal service agency.
  • One complimentary RSA course from a nationally accredited training provider.
  • 12 month cab charge.

“Wow, I don’t know which one to take first” Kenny-Dowall exclaimed “I’m thinking of the Long Bay option and normally I’d take the missus but after the season we’ve had at the Roosters, maybe Jennings will go with me”

First published November 2015.

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