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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Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly make history.

NRL players Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have become the first players in the history of professional football to be punished for NOT sticking a needle into their arm.

The two Gold Coast Titans players were stood down by the NRL after refusing to have an influenza vaccination, and subsequently 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 NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Cartwright and Kelly refused to comply with the COVID-19 regulation as they have a personal objection to vaccinations, but authorities in Queensland stipulated that every single player must be vaccinated, or receive official approval to abstain from vaccination, in order for the NRL to resume on May 28. Cartwright and his wife have previously spoken out against vaccination of any form, and publicly declared their stance on social media.

Cartwright and Kelly have become the first players to be punished by their governing body, and to be nominated for Frownlow honours, for NOT injecting drugs into their body. The Frownlow Medal honours list is full of professional footballers who have been nominated, or rewarded for injecting all sorts of substances into their body.

The Titans players also join the growing list of players who have been suspended from a competition that is not actaully taking place – something of an achievement in itself.

This is Cartwright’s second nomination for Frownlow honours. The talented backrower was first nominated in 2017 after it was discovered he had enlisted former NRL player and fixer Lou Zivanovic to persuade his ex-girlfriend to abort his baby.

To make matters worse, judges of The Frownlow Medal have advised Kelly and Cartwright that they must be vaccinated if they want to attend the popular Frownlow awards night later this year.

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