Arrow vs Koroisau is the key Grand Final showdown.

Jai Arrow will face off against Api Koroisau in the battle of the Frownlow nominees in the 2021 NRL Grand Final. Arrow and Koroisau are the only players in the decider to have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal this year and both earned their nominations for similar incidents.

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 and Arrow will clash in the middle of the field and it will be epic. They are fighting for a premiership and for bragging rights, having both been nominated for sneaking women into their rooms during this year’s State of Origin series. Penrith hooker Koroisau has the upper hand, because he brought his ‘companion’ into the Origin bubble twice, and because he is married. Rabbitohs forward Arrow, meanwhile, is not married and claimed the woman he met with was just a ‘dancer’, and that nothing scandalous happened.

Both players were punished for breaching COVID-19 biosecurity protocols, and for potentially shutting down the entire NRL competition, which was relocated to Queensland to escape the COVID lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

Who will win the battle between Arrow and Koroisau?

Who will win the NRL Grand Final?

Who will win The Frownlow Medal?

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Nadia Bartel joins the Frownlow WAGS club.

Nadia Bartel was filmed snorting a white substance at a party and has earned a place in The Frownlow Medal WAGS club. The ex-wife of AFL star Jimmy Bartel is the latest wife or girlfriend of a professional footballer to create her own public scandal.

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.

A video of Bartel appearing to snort cocaine at a party and breaching Victoria’s COVID public health orders was posted to social media by a friend, who claimed it was not meant to go public. The video was apparently supposed to be sent to the woman’s sister only, but went viral and did enormous damage to Bartel’s public reputation, and potentially to her personal brand.

Bartel’s friend blamed a cracked screen for her error. As excuses go, it’s in line with those of countless Frownlow nominees who have incriminated themselves on social media.

Bartel joins the following women in the Frownlow WAGS club:

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.

Belinda Simmonds is the wife of former NRL player Reece, and was accused of misappropriating more than $330,000 from a Shellharbour-based child care business between 2013 and 2018.

Nicole McGregor leapt to the defence of her husband Paul, a former NRL player and coach, when he was caught drink driving in 2016.

NRL WAGS were caught on camera passing items to each other in adjoining rooms and in rooms on other levels in 2021, which was a clear breach of the rules surrounding the NRL hub in Queensland. The photos forced the Queensland government to threaten to shut down the NRL competition.

Time will tell if Bartel is able to influence other woman to become Frownlow WAGS.

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Josh Dugan wants to tend the rabbits.

Josh Dugan is a simple man. Strong of stature and simple of mind, much like the character Lennie in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. He possesses more strength and physical power than the average man, along with the mid of a child.

Like Lennie, Josh just wanted to play with animals. This is how the NRL veteran found himself near Bathurst while he was supposed to stay within five kilometres of his home in southern Sydney. He was there to tend to animals. His COVID breach has earned him yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could have ended his career.

The Frownlow Medal celebrates the off-field achievements 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.

Dugan and a friend were stopped by police near Lithgow recently, miles from their homes in Gymea and Alexandria. Both men were ordered to return home immediately, which meant they should have headed east. Instead, they headed west and were found just 40 minutes later, in Yetholme, near Bathurst, which is about 150km from Sydney.

When the pair were caught, the former NSW and Australia representative apparently told police he was out bush to ‘feed animals’. In Steinbeck’s famous novel, simple-minded Lennie is kept in line by his friend George with the promise that he can tend the rabbits on the farm the pair dream of buying. Alas, George ends up shooting Lennie at the end of the novel, and Lennie never gets to tend to the rabbits. Poor Josh also missed out on feeding animals in the Central West, and was instead handed a fine of $10,000, and possibly more punishment. When the NRL and police investigations are complete, his NRL could be dead. He was only in Sydney because the Sharks didn’t select him in the playing squad which is in the COVID bubble in Queensland.

This is Dugan’s second Frownlow nomination in 2021, and follows his nomination in 2016. He was fined $25,000 in June for…breaching COVID protocols. On this occasion, he dined at a restaurant in Sydney while all NRL players were ordered not to attend hospitality venues such as pubs and clubs.

If Dugan leaves the Sharks at the end of 2021, will he be offered the chance to play with rabbits, or any other animals which act as mascots for NRL teams?

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Anthony Mundine has finally done it.

Former NRL player Anthony Mundine has finally been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after breaching COVID regulations numerous times.

Mundine is one of the most divisive footballers in Australia and he earned his nomination for allegedly refusing to wear a mask and sign into a store, and for travelling out of Metropolitan Sydney without a reasonable excuse.

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 outspoken footballer has also made the news recently for posting messages on social media about the pandemic and vaccination. Most of the messages contain what experts regard as misinformation.

Mundine created controversy on a regular basis during his rugby league and boxing career, but has only now attracted the attention of Frownlow judges. For a player who created so much controversy and media headlines during his career, his Frownlow nomination is rather timid compared to the incidents which have earned nominations for other footballers.

Will we see more from ‘The Man’?

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Jack de Belin likes to share.

NRL player Jack de Belin is famous for his love of sharing. It earned him his first Frownlow nomination and it has earned him another, after he was belatedly fined for attending Paul Vaughan’s infamous house party.

De Belin has just returned to first grade after avoiding conviction for alleged sexual assault, and has now been accused of covering up his presence at the house party which saw twelve St George Illawarra players fined and 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.

After seeing almost the entire Dragons first-grade team get into trouble and earn nominations for severely breaching COVID-19 protocols, De Belin decided it was time to share in the fun and earn another nomination for himself. The former State of origin player was fined $1000 for breaching public health orders and will face further punishment from the NRL.

When media outlets first broke the story, none of them mentioned De Belin’s name. Fans assumed he had been smart enough to stay away from the controversial gathering, or that maybe he wasn’t invited – or maybe he chose to stay at home with his partner and their young child. Just hours after the initial story broke, however, De Belin was accused of attending the party and of covering it up.

De Belin and his teammates now await the punishment from the NRL, whole Dragons fans are wondering if they will have any players left to play their next game.

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Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.

Paul Vaughan’s house party has created 11 new nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Vaughan’s Dragons teammates have been nominated after they breached NRL COVID protocols and could face huge fines and severe punishment.

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.

Matt Dufty, Zac Lomax, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Josh Maguire and Josh Kerr earn their first nominations, while Frownlow judges are already familiar with Jack Bird, Tyrell Fuimaono and Corey Norman. All of the players attended a party at Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour, NSW, after St George Illawarra narrowly beat the Warriors. Players are not supposed to have guests at their house, in line with Greater Sydney COVID restrictions, and the players breached restrictions imposed by the government and the NRL itself. The players were caught out when neighbour’s called police with a noise complaint.

Media reports have also revealed that seven of the players fled down the street when the police arrived to investigate. The impromptu sprint session has earned more condemnation from fans and commentators.

All of the players have reportedly been issued with a standard $1000 fine, but the NRL is considering its own punishment for an act that could cost the players substantial fines, isolation, suspensions, time away from training and possibly competition points for the Dragons, who currently sit at 7th on the ladder.

Norman is the 2016 Frownlow medallist and is a serial nominee. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and earlier in 2021, when he got involved in a street fight outside Northies in Cronulla. Norman runs a clothing brand with fellow nominee James Segeyaro. It is called You Know the Rules. It seems he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Vaughan was also nominated in 2020, for a COVID breach.

The coming days will reveal the extent of the punishment for the Dragons players and the club. At least the 12 partygoers have had a good warm up for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

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Canterbury Bulldogs nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

The Canterbury Bulldogs are the fifth football club to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal after they copped a massive fine for failing to advise their players of COVID protocols. Five players broke bio-security protocols when drinking at pubs in Sydney and some feared they could shut down the NRL competition completely.

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 club paid a $50,000 fine after Dylan Napa, Brandon Wakeham, Sione Katoa, Corey Waddell and Aaron Schoupp went out for a few drinks in Bondi and Coogee, in the heart of Sydney’s latest COVID-19 outbreak. The players were fined around $1000 each, but the club copped the biggest fine because the NRL found it had not done enough to advise players of the latest rules regarding player movement.

Canterbury is now the fifth club to be nominated for an award that is normally reserved for individual players. Fellow NRL clubs Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs were nominated, alongside AFL clubs West Coast Eagles and Collingwood Magpies. The clubs earned their place among Frownlow hopefuls for offences such as covering up a player drug test and domestic violence accusations, to institutional racism, a racist social media post, and a Frownlow classic – having an entire team kicked out of a restaurant for drunken, anti-social behaviour.

Frownlow judges are hoping that the Bulldogs don’t forget to tell their players exactly where and when the Frownlow awards night will be held later this year.

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Scott Morrison to pay Josh Dugan’s fine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will pay Josh Dugan‘s fine after the Sharks veteran was caught breaching COVID protocols.

Dugan earned yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal when he was caught dining in a restaurant in Sydney recently, in contravention of the NRL COVID-19 bio-security protocols. The ageing centre was fined $25,000 and the prime minister has promised to reach into his own pocket to cover the fine.

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.

Dugan was initially shocked at such a generous offer from the leader of the nation, despite the fact that Morrison is the club’s number one ticket holder.

“Yeah, nah mate, I couldn’t believe it,” Dugan explained.

“But then Scotty told me why. He said he loves the Sharks. Well, he loves them now, he grew up in the Eastern Suburbs so he’s probably a Roosters fan, but anyway. He goes to all our games and stuff, but said he paid my fine for a different reason.”

“He said he kind of feels like it’s his fault that I got fined. See, he handles all that COVID vaccination stuff, because he’s the PM, and it’s been a real shambles. He said that if more people in Australia had been vaccinated by now, pretty much everyone could go to restaurants whenever they want. We wouldn’t all be in lockdown and you wouldn’t get fined just for going out for dinner with a mate.”

“So, I said, yeah, that makes sense – thanks for the money Scotty.”

Dugan will also have to stay away from the Cronulla team for a fortnight, and Morrison is expected to join him in his period of isolation.

“We’ll sit on the roof in bean bags and drink Bacardi Breezers, cos that’s the kind of classy guy that Scotty is.”

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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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Elijah Taylor wins The Frownlow Medal.

AFL player Elijah Taylor has won The Frownlow Medal in 2020 after also earning a Wife Beater tattoo for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Taylor earned two separate nominations in one year and this helped him defeat rivals Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin and become the first non-NRL player to win the award.

Taylor pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend and was sacked by the Sydney Swans as well as being fined $5000. He had already been suspended earlier in the year for breaching strict COVID-19 protocols to sneak the same woman into the Swan’s team hotel in Perth. 2020 was the 19-year-old’s debut season, and he looks unlikely to play AFL in the future.

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.

Taylor’s rivals included the three alleged rapists, as well as another suspected wife beater in Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. He also saw off challenges from 50 other footballers, and 30 fellow COVID-19 breachers including Nathan Cleary and Lachie Hunter.

During the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, Taylor paid tribute to the ingrained misogyny of professional football in Australia and the confidence it gave him to physically assault his ex-girlfriend. He thanked his fellow nominees and also thanked the judicial system for failing to reach a verdict in the sexual assault cases of Hayne and De Belin.

“I knew they were my toughest competition, and I have to give credit to them for their performance this year, but I’m just glad the judges saw that I put in the hard yards and I’m lucky to come away with the win.”

The AFL has finally lifted the award from the NRL, which had taken the honours every year since 2015. Former AFL player Karmichael Hunt won the award in 2018, but he also played NRL and Super Rugby.

Ironically, Taylor was later caught trying to sneak someone into the awards venue, until judges reminded him that this is the Frownlow, so anything goes. Taylor can now spend the 2021 AFL season admiring his shiny new medal and staring at his Wife Beater tattoo.

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