Why is Latrell so angry?

Latrell Mitchell and his teammates are furious that the NRL’s new COVID-19 restrictions will destroy their chances of winning The Frownlow Medal in 2022.

Mitchell and fellow NRL players lashed out on social media after the NRL announced plans to ban players from venues such as nightclubs, pubs and cinemas in order to avoid the spread of COVID among teams and to keep the competition afloat.

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.

“How are we supposed to win the Frownlow?” Latrell asked angrily.

“Pubs and nightclubs are where we get our nominations and now we can’t visit them. A pub is where I got my first nomination in 2019. Me and the boys went for a few quiet ones at Old Bar Tavern and these random guys picked a fight with us. This rule is a joke!”

NSW Blues teammates and fellow Frownlow nominees Josh Addo-Carr and Jack Wighton joined Mitchell in condemning the new restrictions.

“This is rubbish,” declared Addo-Carr, who earned his first nomination alongside Mitchell in 2020 for a COVID breach in which they rode trail bikes on the beach and shot guns.

“Yeah, we could still ride our bikes and shoot our guns, cos that’s not indoors, but that didn’t win us the medal in 2020 and we can’t just do the same thing again. We need to do something original if we wanna win. How many nominations have come from inside a pub or club? Mate, it’s a deadset stitch up.”

Wighton was also incensed, as he came very close to winning the medal in 2018 after a pub fight earned him a 10-week suspension from the game.

“Footy players go to bars, get drunk or high, or both, then get into fights, urinate in public, harass women and post stupid photos of themselves on social media, and this is how they get nominated. If they take that away from us, we can’t show the Frownlow judges that we’re doing enough to win the medal.”

NRL players were also adamant that the medal must stay within their code after AFL player Elijah Taylor won in 2020. Hayne claimed it back for the NRL in 2021, but the restrictions placed on NRL players may create an unfair advantage for players from the AFL, Super Rugby and A-League.

Meanwhile, NRL players will also have restrictions placed on home gatherings, so Paul Vaughan has put away the BBQ tongs.

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Api Koroisau wins Husband of the Year.

NRL player Api Koroisau has added the Husband of the Year title to his State of Origin win and his nomination for The Frownlow Medal after being caught sneaking a woman into the NSW camp.

The devoted husband has been fined $35,000 and suspended for two games after breaching COVID-19 protocols to sneak a random woman into the NSW camp during the State of Origin series on two occasions. NSW beat Queensland 2 -1, and Koriosau beat Jai Arrow 2-1.

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.

Koroisau apparently met the woman via instagram and had been in contact with her during June. He then snuck her into the NSW Blues camp twice and breached biosecurity protocols. He thus cheated on his wife and created a scandal that could still shut down the entire NRL, which has been relocated to Queensland to escape the COVID lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

“I love my wife with all my heart and soul,” Koroisau said after being informed of his win.

“I’m so proud to win Husband of the Year and to be such a great role model to all young men in Australia.”

“I couldn’t stand being without Amy for so long in the Origin bubble so I invited another woman into the hotel tp replace her. I mean, one woman is the same as any other when it all comes down to it doesn’t it! Plus. they’ve got the same coloured hair so it’s basically the same person.”

Koroisua is highly skilled in the art of trespassing. He earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2018 after he was caught illegally entering a property in Bondi.

News reports also indicated that the instagram woman actually contacted Koroisau’s wife after the rendezvous. It is believed she asked Amy how Api takes his eggs.

The Panthers hooker and Fiji international also told the media that he is “…determined to become a better partner, father and protector…” But how can he get any better than Husband of the Year, Frownlow nominee and Origin winner?

By winning Father of the Year?

By winning The Frownlow Medal?

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WAGS demand their own category within The Frownlow Medal.

Calls are growing for a special section of The Frownlow Medal just for the Wives and Girlfriends of footballers after yet another controversy involving players’ partners.

Partners of NRL players were caught breaching COVID-19 regulations inside the special NRL bubble in south east Queensland. Many wives, girlfriends and children of NRL players are staying at the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise after the entire competition was moved to Queensland due to lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

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.

Photos in the media show WAGS passing items to each other in adjoining rooms and in rooms on other levels, which is a clear breach of the rules. It is believed some of the items are necessities like milk, while others are apparently marshmallows and lollies. Hotel managers subsequently warned guests via intercom not to pass items between floors and balconies.

The photos forced the Queensland government to threaten to shut down the NRL competition if there is any more evidence of another COVID-related breach.

The NRL partners are just the latest to surround themselves in scandal.

Amelia Miller is the most famous WAG in Frownlow circles. She not only stood by her boyfriend Nick Stevens when the ex-AFL player was in court for domestic violence charges. She not only listened to details of the horrific and repeated assaults on his ex-girlfriend which earned him a prison sentence, but she verbally attacked the victim via social media. Her verbal attacks only ceased when she posted updates boasting about the designer-label clothes she was wearing to the court case every day.

Taylor Winterstein is the wife of Frank, and Shanelle Cartwright the wife of Bryce. Both of the NRL WAGS made headlines for their public stance against any form of vaccination, even when Bryce’s refusal to get vaccinated almost ended the season for his Gold Coast Titans team in 2020.

Their social media stance forced Instagram/Facebook to place restrictions on their accounts in order to prevent dangerous and misinformed anti-vaccination messages gaining traction.

Frownlow judges are considering the creation of a special category for WAGS, and will seek consultation from all relevant stakeholders, including the wife of Api Koriosau. The NRL player was recently accused of allegedly brining a woman, who was not his wife, into his hotel room during State of Origin camp. Not once, but twice. Allegedly.

Judges are also deciding whether to invite WAGS to the debaucherous awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Meet Jai Arrow’s mystery guest.

Fans of the NRL will have the chance to meet Jai Arrow‘s mystery guest when he attends the award’s night for The Frownlow Medal later this year. And he won’t have to sneak her in.

Arrow was kicked out of the Queensland State of Origin camp for brining an unknown person into the team bubble and breaching strict COVID-19 bio-security protocols. He was also fined $35,000 and will miss two games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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 talented back rower knew he was breaking team rules, and knew the consequences. Just days earlier, most of the St George-Illawarra team had been fined and suspended for attending a house party, and Paul Vaughan had been sacked. Despite this, Arrow organised the rendezvous. He now leaves a hole in a Queensland team which is already missing David Fifita, as they try to prevent NSW from taking a clean sweep.

Arrow can console himself with his Frownlow nomination, and with the knowledge that he won’t have to smuggle his plus 1 into the Frownlow awards night, because anything goes. The only question is where the party will be held. So far, the leading candidates are Northies and Paul Vaughan’s house.

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Paul Vaughan is ‘The Whale’.

NRL player Paul Vaughan will now be known as ‘The Whale’.

Why?

Because he’s always breaching.

What’s more, his Shellharbour neighbours now have another whale to spot along the Illawarra coastline.

Ok, yes, it’s a Dad joke, but hey, it’s lockdown, everyone’s going a bit crazy and it’s still not as bad as hosting a house party with your teammates in the middle of a pandemic which could shut down the NRL. The party has earned Vaughan his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could result in severe punishment for his St George-Illawarra teammates and possibly the club.

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 house party was apparently attended by as many as 15 Dragons players and was thrown after players and staff were all given very strict instructions about socialising and personal movement outside of training and competition. Authorities found out about the party after neighbours apparently filed a noise complaint. News outlets are suggesting that the breach could force the NRL competition to stop, or at least destroy the Dragons’ season.

Vaughan earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2020, for a COVID breach. On that occasion, he signed into a cafe under a false name and was fined $10,000.

The prop will soon find out his punishment for this latest blunder, and whether the Dragons will be able to field a team when they play their next game in a fortnight. Meanwhile, he has offered his Shellharbour home as the venue for the Frownlow awards night later this year.

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COVID breaches are so last year…

Breaching COVID-19 protocols was a competition in itself for professional footballers in 2020, and Corey Waddell and Sione Katoa have not moved on. The Canterbury players and some Bulldogs teammates recently breached NRL protocols with a few drinks at a bar in Bondi and have been nominated 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.

Waddell and Katoa joined Dylan Napa, Aaron Schoupp and Brandon Wakeham at some watering holes in Bondi and Coogee despite NRL players being instructed to avoid places like this during the latest COVID scare in Sydney, which is centred upon the Eastern Suburbs.

The five players were all issued with fines. Waddell must pay $1500 and Katoa $1250. The Bulldogs club was hit with a massive fine, because the NRL found that it did not do enough to inform the players of the new rules regarding player movement outside of training and games. This diminishes the responsibility of the players and makes it very difficult for them to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021.

The football public and the Australian people had though that COVID breaches were a thing of the past, and that no foootballer would ever again earn a Frownlow nomination for breaking protocol. Then again, without a national vaccine rollout, COVID breaches are still a problem in 2021. Maybe the Bulldogs players can point that out to Scott Morrison the next time they play the Sharks.

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Dylan, what have you done this time?

NRL player Dylan Napa has earned yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal, this time for something as simple as a COVID breach. Napa and Bulldogs teammates Brandon Wakeham and Aaron Schoupp breached NRL protocols when they visited a pub in Bondi, and fans feared they could send the entire NRL and State of Origin into lockdown.

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.

Fortunately, the second game of Origin is still scheduled for Sunday night, but the Canterbury trio have been forced to self isolate and undertake a COVID-19 test.

The Bulldogs players visited Royal Hotel in Bondi in contravention of a directive from the NRL that staff and players must stay away from the Waverley Local Government area, where the latest COVID outbreak originated. One of the people who has tested positive to coronavirus visited the Royal Hotel.

Wakeham and Schuopp earn their first Frownlow nominations, but Napa is well known to judges. He was nominated in 2016, 2017 and 2019. His highlight reel includes being banned from Queensland Origin camp for 12 months after breaking curfew, and being kicked off a flight for intoxication. He also got knocked out by a drug-addicted cleaner at a party in Palm Beach, Sydney, and a video of him having sex with a woman was posted all over the internet. Compared to these incidents, a simple COVID breach is quite mild. Napa will have to lift his game.

Napa, Wakeham and Schoupp are hoping all COVID restrictions are lifted by the end of the year, so they can attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Adelaide Crows stuck in 2020.

The Adelaide Crows thought it was still 2020 and earned themselves a huge fine and a nomination for The Frownlow Medal after breaching COVID-19 protocols.

The AFL club was fined $50,000 after five players and three staff were not wearing face masks properly on a commercial flight recently. This happened just over a year after the club was heavily fined for…breaching COVID-19 protocols.

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 Crows were punished in 2020 after their players did not follow a directive to train in pairs while in quarantine at a Barossa Valley resort. Assistant coach Ben Hart was stood down for six weeks, as a result, while 16 players were handed one-match bans.

2020 saw countless footballers nominated for breaches of coronavirus bio-security protocols, and it seems the Adelaide Crows never learned their lesson. On this occasion, fellow passengers on the flight from Sydney to Adelaide reported the breach to the AFL, and the fine was swiftly imposed.

They say a week is a long time in football, and the Adelaide Crows just proved that a year is an eternity.

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James Roberts and Will Smith learn how to fight.

NRL players James Roberts and Will Smith are hoping their trip to a boxing match has taught them how to trade blows with the big boys, and has not only earned them a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Roberts and Smith breached bio-security protocols and will soon realise that that’s not going to be enough to win the medal when this year’s favourites have been accused, or found guilty, of sexual assault, as well as stabbing someone, common assault and a good old pub brawl.

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.

Roberts and Smith face potential sanctions from the NRL for a bio-security breach while attending the recent fight between Tim Tszyu and Dennis Hogan in Newcastle. Neither player wore a mask despite being told by the NRL that all players and staff must wear masks at public venues.

Roberts really should know better. He earned Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2017 and 2019, for incidents such as public drunkenness and alcohol abuse, accusations of harassing a female bartender and pulling another woman’s hair, fighting with security and using up many ‘last’ chances. All of these actions are far more likely to convince Frownlow judges than failing to wear a mask while watching two grown men beat the frownlow out of each other. Smith, meanwhile, receives his first nomination.

Roberts also earned his fourth ticket to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, where he and Smith can party all night without a mask, or consequences.

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Sydney Stack nominated for The Frownlow Medal again…and again.

AFL player Sydney Stack has become the second player in history to earn three nominations for The Frownlow Medal in the same year, after being arrested for breaching quarantine and disorderly conduct, plus a controversial social media post.

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 player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Stack was arrested during a brawl outside a pub in Perth recently, and spent time in a police cell over the Christmas holidays. While processing the arrest, police also realised that Stack was supposed to be in self-isolation and not out partying. To strengthen his bid for The Frownlow Medal, Stack also posted an image wearing a ring reading ‘1%er’, which is apparently associated with bikie gangs.

He is a 1%er, as only fellow AFL player Tyson Stengle has also earned three Frownlow nominations in the same year.

The Richmond rookie scored his first Frownlow nomination earlier this year when he was banned for 10 games, after he and teammate Callum Coleman-Jones were involved in a fight outside a Surfers Paradise strip club.

Will Stack become the first AFL player to win The Frownlow Medal?

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