Football’s greatest bromance.

Help us find football’s greatest bromance. Help us choose the teammates who broke each other’s bones as well as each other’s hearts before kissing and making up for the sake of the team?

The Fronwlow Medal takes a close look at some of the most passionate pairings in Australian professional football and takes a trip down memory lane to highlight some of the most romantic Frownlow nominations in history.

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.

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.

Football’s greatest bromances:

NRL

James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman

Daly Cherry Evans and Jackson Hastings

Jamal Idris, Lee Te Maari and Ben Barba,

plus fellow Bulldogs Corey Allen and Jacob Kiraz

Brisbane Broncos:

Corey Oates and Justin Hodges

Payne Haas and Albert Kelly

Tom Flegler and Jordan Riki

Super Rugby

Matt Dunning and Des Tuiavi’i

Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani

AFL

Steven May and Jake Melksham

No, Wayne Carey does not qualify for this particular award. He had a romance with his teammate’s wife, not his teammate.

West Coast Eagles:

Daniel Kerr and Ben Cousins

Daniel Connors and Ben Cousins

Daniel Chick and Andrew Embley (prompted by Ben Cousins)

Do you know of any football bromance, from Australia’s four major codes, which should be included in this list?

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Steven May and Jake Melksham take their bromance to the screen.

AFL players Steven May and Jake Melksham will star in an undisclosed reality TV show this year after forming football’s latest steamy bromance. The Melbourne teammates had a public tiff and have been promised starring roles in numerous reality TV shows as well as 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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne 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.

May and Melksham were dining at a Melbourne restaurant when their playful banter escalated into a passionate ‘scuffle’ as their feelings overflowed. News spread quickly and TV producers contacted their agents immediately.

May was suspended for one game by the Demons leadership group, because he was not supposed to be drinking while recovering from an injury, while both players will take part in community service “…to ensure they understand the responsibility and impact they have as role models within the community.”

Like all committed partners, and all professional footballers, May and Melksham are incredibly ‘remorseful’ of their actions and are said to have kissed and made up. In this way they are following the example of other football bromances and Frownlow nominees, such as NRL players Corey Oates and Justin Hodges, Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings, James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman, as well as Rugby players Matt Dunning and Des Tuiavi’i.

The interest of reality show producers indicates the depth of feeling in the scuffle, although it lacks the intrigue of the threesome involving NRL players Jamal Idris, Lee Te Maari and 2019 medallist Ben Barba.

Closer to home, West Coast Eagles teammates Daniel Kerr and Cousins had a famous fist fight in 2002.

The Melbourne veterans are yet to decide on a name for their pairing. They considered MenM but they’re not rappers, so are tossing up M2, MelMay, MaMey and Stemay Jake, and have asked their social media followers to vote on a name. What is certain, however, is that the players will use the TV roles to release a single entitled: “Jake’s Melksham brings all the boys to the yard”

MelMay will find out later this year if they become the first couple to share The Fronwlow Medal, and viewers will find out later this year which reality TV show will feature the streamy bromance.

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Another bucking Broncos bromance.

Payne Haas and Albert Kelly are the latest Brisbane Broncos to have a public lovers tiff and earn themselves nominations for The Fronwlow 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.

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.

Haas and Kelly were caught on camera in a drunken brawl at a team hotel recently, and a video of the expletive-laden fight was circulated on social media, prompting a police investigation.

The video appears to show Haas calling Kelly a f***ing c***, while also holding his hand to his throat and delivering a punch to Kelly’s head which would earn him an automatic red card during a game. He then shoves the playmaker in the face in such a way that Kelly would definitely be sent for a HIA.

The passionate bromance brings back memories of Corey Oates and Justin Hodges, who earned Fronwlow nominations in 2017 for a drunken fight while at the Broncos.

Haas and Kelly have both been nominated for Frownlow honours before, increasing their chances of winning the medal this year.

Haas was suspended for four games in 2019 for failing to co-operate with a NRL Integrity Unit investigation, and was banned for three games in 2021 for an altercation with police in Tweed Heads.

Kelly, meanwhile, was nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2016. He was involved in the Cronulla Sharks supplements saga in 2011, and suspended by the Newcastle Knights in 2012 for an incident at a nightclub. He spent a few years playing in England and is trying to revive his NRL career.

Oates and Hodges later kissed and made up. Broncos fans will be hoping their star prop and their half can do the same.

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