Dan Andrews is no match for Dane Swan.

Former AFL player Dane Swan has attacked Dan Andrews with a reminder that the Victorian premier will never match his achievements in The Frownlow Medal. Swan made the comments via Twitter while slamming the latest COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne.

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.

Swan questioned the premier’s competence and claimed that the state government ‘continually f***… Victorians’. He admitted to knowing nothing about politics before criticising the decision to impose another lockdown. When fellow twitter uses responded to his comments, he said:

“…if you don’t understand how Twitter works this is my account and I shall and will say WHATEVER the f*** I like whenever and however I like. Just like y’all motherf***ers do on your accounts. It’s not rocket surgery.”

Swan himself has never performed rocket surgery, but he has figured prominently in The Frownlow Medal. Meanwhile, Andrews has never received a Frownlow nomination.

Swan has been nominated for both The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which in itself is a rare achievement. He received his nominations for sending naked selfies to an unknown woman only to have those selfies appear in a women’s magazine. He also broke a club imposed booze ban and got into a scuffle with a security guard in Federation Square. He admitted to illicit drug use during his career, but only once he was retired and was trying to promote a book. He was also caught drink driving, and his podcast was shut down in 2019 when he made a joke about sexual assault.

Swan clearly possesses the credentials, integrity, intelligence and poise to manage a state’s response to a global pandemic, and is right in claiming that the Victorian premier will never come close to his off-field achievements.

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Scott Cummings and Dane Swan to host a brand new podcast.

Former AFL players Scott Cummings and Dane Swan will return to the airwaves with a new podcast called ‘Dirty Ditties’.

The exciting podcast promises side-splitting humour plus a summary of the off-field exploits which have earned footballers nominations for The Frownlow Medal and 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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was 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.

Dirty Ditties will replace the Humpday podcast which was axed after Swan and Cummings were heard making jokes about issues of sexual assault and mistreatment of women. The controversy also cost Cummings his role as AFL commentator on radio station 3AW.

“It’s all good fun,” the duo said of their new podcast.

“Assaulting women, slapping taxi drivers, public nudity, robbery, alcohol and gambling addiction, sex tapes and good old bar fights are are all just harmless fun, so is getting drunk and throwing your shoes at horses during a harness race. This is exactly what we’ll be celebrating in Dirty Ditties,” explained Cummings.

“If anyone thinks that’s not humour, they can fuck off,” added Swan.

Cummings, the 1999 Coleman Medallist, earns his first hall of fame nomination, while Swan is well known to Frownlow judges after naked photos of him ended up in a women’s magazine, he broke a booze ban, he admitted to illicit drug use and was once caught drink driving.

The Dirty Ditties podcast can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. Meanwhile,Cummings is being considered for the role of master of ceremonies for the grand awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Dale Thomas joins Dane Swan as a Frownlow nominee.

AFL player Dale Thomas has joined AFL legend Dane Swan as a nominee for The Frownlow Medal after being dropped from Carlton for an alcohol-related incident.

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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.

Thomas was stood down from the Blues for drinking within 48 hours of a game and his Frownlow nomination was strongly endorsed by Swan, who was also nominated for alcohol-related incidents.

Thomas will need an endorsement from a Frownlow hero such as Swan, because his opponents for The Frownlow Medal in 2019 have committed crimes such as assault, drink-driving and distribution of sex tapes, while some are still facing accusations of violence against women.

It is impossible to say whether Thomas will win the highest honour in Australian sport, but what is certain is that Thomas will share a beer with Swan at the awards ceremony later this year.

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