New threat forces changes to NRL Dally M awards.

A looming threat forced the NRL to make unpopular changes to the Dally M awards night in 2021 – and it wasn’t the AFL. The NRL altered the traditional format of its awards presentation in response to the growing popularity of The Frownlow Medal 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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Rugby League fans slammed the new format which saw the awards stretched over two separate nights a week apart. The first instalment returned poor television ratings and attracted widespread criticism across social media. Experts suspected the downfall could be blamed on the timing of the AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony, but realised that it was the Frownlow award which was stealing the thunder.

“Every player wants to go to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal,” revealed NRL boss Andrew Abdo.

“It is a huge night of massive partying with no rules or restrictions with players from across NRL, AFL, Super Rugby and the A-League. Players get unlimited drugs, booze, women, music, sports gambling and no pesky journalists. No player can resist this, and it’s no wonder that party is more popular than the Dally Ms.”

Players have been displaying less interest in the Dally M night since the Frownlow Medal was introduced in 2015. In response, the NRL decided to experiment with a new format in order to win back players and fans.

“The Dally M used to be the most prestigious award in the NRL, but now it’s the Frownlow,” conceded Abdo.

“Just look at the number of NRL players who get nominated every year, and the fact that every medallist, except for 2020, has been an NRL player.”

The awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame will be held later this year. The potential venues include Northies, Jarryd Hayne’s Hillsong Church, Paul Vaughan’s house or the restaurant in which Adam Elliott and Millie Boyle enjoyed their toilet tryst.

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Anthony Milford does something newsworthy.

Anthony Milford Arrested for Assault is a better headline than ‘Anthony Milford Overpaid’ or ‘Anthony Milford Out of Form’. It’s also more likely to win him The Frownlow Medal in 2021.

The NRL player made headlines recently after being arrested in Brisbane for alleged assault of three people in the early hours of the morning. He was charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

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.

Milford is alleged to have become involved in an argument with his wife, and mother of his young child, as well as other people. He is said to have fled the scene. Police then hunted him though the streets of Fortitude Valley and arrested him, before making him spend the night in a police cell.

Alleged assault is also far more impressive than the incidents which earned Milford his previous Frownlow nominations. He was nominated for ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s famous homophobic social media post, and in previous years was nominated for a drunken incidents at the Canberra Raiders, and for breaking team curfew with the Queensland State of Origin team.

He leaves the Brisbane club this year after seven lacklustre seasons, and this could be the most memorable thing he does for the Broncos. Rabbitohs fans must be happy that they are already getting their money’s worth out of their 2022 recruit.

The alleged incident occurred near a nightclub called Ella Sabe, Spanish for She Knows. What does she know?

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The Frownlow Medal Power Couple.

NRL players Adam Elliott and Millie Boyle have become The Frownlow Medal’s Power Couple after being caught kissing in the toilets at a restaurant recently, and they will be the first couple in history to attend the Frownlow awards night together.

They will also have a toilet cubicle named after them in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, beside the Sonny Bill Williams cubicle.

Elliott and Boyle earned the status of Power Couple after being asked to leave a Gold Coast venue when it was discovered they had shared a kiss in the men’s bathroom. Media reports allege Elliott was shirtless, but Boyle stated publicly that the incident was nothing more than an innocent kiss after they’d had a few too many drinks.

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.

The Bulldogs and Broncos players are not the first pairing to be nominated for Frownlow honours, but are the first duo who both play a football code in Australia. Former AFL player and Wife Beater Nick Stevens, and his girlfriend Amelia Miller, were both nominated in 2016, but Amelia never played professional football.

Elliott has consequently been stood down for the remaining two games of the season and the NRL is investigating the incident, while Boyle has apparently not been sanctioned.

Boyle now becomes the second woman nominated for Frownlow honours, after fellow NRLW player Nita Maynard made history earlier this year with her nomination. Elliott, meanwhile, is very familiar to fans of The Frownlow Medal.

He claimed he would take “professional help in regards to issues with alcohol” after a series of off-field incidents. Just this year, he was accused of getting too close to the wife or his former teammate, Michael Lichaa during a party at Lichaa’s house. In 2018, he appeared dancing naked on the front page of the newspaper when the Bulldogs’ Mad Monday celebration got wild.

Media outlets are reporting that since the incident with Boyle, one of the people Elliott called to apologise for yet another mistake was the Canterbury-Bankstown club sponsor. He apparently told the sponsor that he will never cause an off-field controversy again, and will control his alcohol intake. He better not if he wants to win The Frownow Medal.

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Why are we called Rebels?

Marika Koroibete, Isi Naisarani and Pone Fa’amausili play rugby for the Melbourne Rebels but got into trouble for being rebels. The trio were dropped from the next Wallabies game after breaking team curfew to have a few drinks together, and have earned nominations 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Koroibete, Fa’amausili and Naisarani will not play in the Bledisloe Cup against the All Blacks after taking leftover alcohol to their room to continue drinking after an official team function. The players apparently kept drinking for more than two hours and were reported by a team official.

The official statement from the Wallabies said there was “no illegal behaviour, no damage and no complaints made. No further investigation will take place, or any further action”. Thus, there was no rebellion, aside from breaking curfew. Even when the Rebels rebelled they did not stage a rebellion or do anything particularly rebellious. They must be wondering why they’re called Rebels.

Koroibete was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2019 for ‘liking’ the homophobic social media posts which saw Israel Folau kicked out of rugby in Australia. Naisarani and Fa’amausili earn their first nominations, and all three players will be looking forward to the Frownlow awards night, where they can drink as much as they like for as long as they like.

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David Nofoaluma winds back the clock.

NRL player David Nofoaluma used an old-school trick to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal when he turned up to training hungover. While his NRL colleagues are earning nominations for COVID-19 breaches, Nofoaluma employed a tried and true tactic to stake a claim for the most prestigious 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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Nofoaluma reportedly arrived at training hungover after attending a wedding the night before. He was not suspended or fined but was sent home and later dumped from the team’s leadership group. He now joins a very, very long list of Frownlow nominees who were part of a football leadership group.

Fortunately for the winger, he won’t have to attend training the morning after the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which will be held later this year.

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I’m not drunk, I’m happy…

NRL player Victor Radley has denied the allegations which have earned him his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal in just a few months. Radley was reportedly kicked off a flight recently for drunken behaviour, but claims he was just in a good mood.

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.

The Sydney Roosters player was kicked off the flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney for alleged drunken behaviour, and was forced to fly back home the following day. He claims he was just laughing loudly and not drunk, but he is still under investigation by the NRL. This follows an earlier investigation after he landed himself in trouble for tackling a man on the street late one night in Byron Bay in December 2020.

The Roosters might be losing their patience with the talented back rower. He didn’t play against the Titans, and only flew up to watch a friend play, because is currently suspended for a head high tackle in a game a few weeks ago. He has already weakened a team without Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend, Lindsay Collins, Brett Morris, Angus Creighton and others, as well as James Tedesco who was on Origin duty.

When Radley was eventually allowed onto the plane, he joined Roosters players and officials on the same flight – awkward.

Some pundits even tipped Radley to play for NSW this year. At this rate, he may not play at all. At least he can console himself with the knowledge that he is in a much stronger position to win The Frownlow Medal, which will be awarded later this year.

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Curtis Scott caught on camera.

NRL player Curtis Scott will star in a new reality TV series called The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera, after submitting an audition tape in which he allegedly punched a man during a nightclub fight in Canberra.

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.

The CCTV footage Scott sent to Frownlow judges is blurry, but appears to show the Canberra Raiders player punching a man several times. Scott’s supporters claim he broke the man’s nose and caused him concussion, but this is yet to be verified. Police were not involved in the incident and Scott has not been charged, which means he was able to get his hands on the CCTV footage and send it immediately to Frownlow headquarters.

The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera will feature footballers in pub fights and street fights, and footballers urinating in public or on police cars, as well as players pooing in other people’s shoes or taking illicit substances. Audiences can also expect to see drunken players dancing naked, plus exclusive footage of former first-grade players inside prison.

Scott is free to play the lead role in the exciting new series as he has played hardly any football in the last two seasons since moving to the Raiders. He missed a large chunk of the 2020 season after serving a suspension for clashing with police on Australia Day. He earned a patriotic nomination for Frownlow honours on that occasion when he was arrested by police who found him asleep under a tree at Moore Park, and claimed he resisted arrest. Scott was in contention to win The Frownlow Medal last year until all of the charges against him were dropped.

Scoring the lead role on a reality TV show is a popular career path for underperforming footballers, and is a path paved by Frownlow nominees such as Beau Ryan. Scott is hoping that his new found fame will help him finally win The Frownlow Medal.

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Ever wanted to punch your boss?

Rod Owen felt like punching his boss, so one day the former AFL player did just that and in the process earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

The man known as ‘Rocket’ got so fed up one day that he lashed out at his boss. The punch broke the boss’ nose and jaw so badly that his face had to be surgically reconstructed with microplates and titanium screws. Owen was sentenced to 18 months in Dhurringile prison farm, and served nine months.

What was discovered only recently was that the boss provoked the hiding with a joke about paedophilia, and that Owen himself was molested as a child. He was abused by a man named Darrell Ray, who was his primary school librarian and sports coach. He was also abused by Albert Briggs, who was an official at the St Kilda club where Rod played as a child and an adult. Owen revealed that Briggs molested him in the change rooms before junior Grand Final at the MCG. Briggs left the club a hero, Owen eventually left in disgrace.

The abuse as a child traumatised Owen for years, and provoked drug, gambling and alcohol addiction.  At just 23 years of age, he’d accrued a $150,000 gambling debt and his alcohol and drug benders could last for weeks. He is remembered for 63-day bender, after which a teammate found him lying unconscious and bloodied in a gutter outside the Portsea pub. He was also caught drunkenly driving at 150 kilometres per hour down the Nepean Highway.

The highly-talented athlete also paid $30,000 in compensation in 2004 to a woman who complained that he had assaulted her outside a Melbourne hotel.

Owen’s story mirrors that of rugby union star Tony Daly, whose life spiralled into drug and alcohol addiction, and crime, in response to abuse he suffered as a child at boarding school. Both players have taken legal action against their respective schools.

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Danny Jacobs and Lance Picioane need a lift to the Frownlow awards.

Can anyone give Danny Jacobs and Lance Picioane a lift to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame? The former AFL players won’t be driving after involvement in a drink-driving incident, and they can’t afford an Uber after being hit with a $5000 fine.

Jacobs and Picioane would love to be at the night of nights with a host of other famous footballers, and could share the ride with some of the other players who were 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.

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.

Jacobs registered a blood alcohol reading more than double the legal limit in 2004, and to make matters worse, he lied about the incident to Hawthorn Hawks officials. Jacobs apparently said he was just sitting in the driver’s seat listening to some tunes and waiting for a friend to drive him home from a nightclub, but it was later discovered that he had been driving and had made two illegal turns.

Police followed him and carried out the breath test which confirmed his guilt.

Picioane, meanwhile, is implicated in the scandal because he was ill and asked Jacobs to drive the car, even though he knew Jacobs was drunk.

Both players were fined and ordered to undertake drink-driving courses and community service, while Picioane was suspended for one game. Jacobs was not suspended because he was injured at the time.

What is most important now is getting the two former Hawks to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, to be held later this year.

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Half-price drinks at Northies.

Northies in Cronulla is offering half-price drinks to any footballer who has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The move recognises the enormous contribution the club has made to the medal, and the enormous contribution nominees have made to the club’s bank balance.

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.

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.

“Northies has a long and proud connection to The Frownlow Medal,” announced the club. “For that reason, we are proud to offer half-price drinks to any footballer who has been nominated for Frownlow honours, especially considering that many of those incidents happened right here.”

“Northies has hosted many scandals which have led to Frownlow glory. 2016 winner Corey Norman got a follow up nomination here just a few weeks ago, alongside his buddy James Segeyaro. Ben Barba won the medal in 2019 and it was here that he got caught with cocaine after the great Sharkies victory in 2016, and got kicked out of the NRL for the first time.”

“Of course, who will ever forget the images of Todd Carney urinating into his own mouth – right here in this very club”

The bar was also referenced by current Sharks player Toby Rudolf during the post-match interview which landed him in trouble, and Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson got themselves into hot water on a night out that began at Northies.

“We are unable to confirm or deny if Toby has pulled here,” the spokesperson stressed.

The popular venue also made history recently.

“We even hosted the first Frownlow nomination for a woman when Nita Maynard took on some of our security guards. We respect diversity so we are very proud to be the site of such a milestone for women.”

The move is also seen as an attempt by the club to earn the right to host the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame at the end of this year. The party of the year has previously been held at venues such as The Star casino in Sydney or Hillsong Church, but the Cronulla watering hole is adamant it can host the function successfully.

“The number of Frownlow nominations that have been earned here proves that this is a place where footballers can let loose and have fun.”

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