Saving David Fifita.

Feature film Saving David Fifita is set to hit cinemas in time for the July school holidays. The family-friendly blockbuster follows the NRL champion and the efforts of two clubs to bail him out of messy legal situations, as well as his attempts to win 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.

Fifita takes centre stage in the fast-paced flick which details his time in police custody in Bali, and his trespassing charge in Queensland in late 2020, as well as the efforts of the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans to save their highly-paid star and get him back onto the footy field.

The Queensland Origin star was arrested in December 2020 after trespassing at a Gold Coast property. Residents claim an intoxicated Fifita walked into a bedroom where a woman was sleeping, and they called the police. Fifita was then arrested on the street, but he was released with a caution, because he claimed he was simply looking for another resident and accidentally walked into the wrong bedroom.

The NRL has since reopened the investigation into the incident, and Fifita has earned a third Frownlow nomination, because it has been revealed the Titans arranged a $10,000 payment to the property residents. As a result, Fifita is expected to be served a breach notice, and could miss game 2 of State of Origin.

Saving David Fifita also features previously unseen footage of the Broncos bailing him out of jail in Bali in 2019, when he earned his first Frownlow nomination. The rampaging back-rower was arrested for an alleged assault outside a nightclub in Seminyak. On that occasion, he was freed after a representative from the Broncos flew to Bali to arrange his release. Exactly how that release was secured is known to only a few people. What is known is that after the Broncos got him out of police custody in a foreign country, Fifita signed with the Titans.

It is believed the Titans have now established the Fifita Fund, and are putting money aside in case their star player needs to be saved from the law in the future.

Saving David Fifita will screen at all major cinemas throughout July. Check local guides for details.

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Do you want to play for the Brisbane Broncos this year?

If you’ve ever dreamt of playing NRL for the Brisbane Broncos this might be your chance, because 10 more players breached COVID-19 protocols and the club might not have any eligible first-grade players for the rest of the season.

Kotoni Staggs, Jake Turpin, David Fifita, Cory Paix, Keenan Palasia, Sean O’Sullivan and Corey Oates joined three development players at the Everton Park Hotel in Brisbane and earned nominations for The Frownlow Medal, as well as $140,000 in fines for the club. The players will each be fined 5% of their salary.

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.

The breach brings to 27 the number of professional footballers who have earned Frownlow nominations for coronavirus breaches in 2020, and continues the horror year for the Broncos.

The proud club started the season with serious injuries to many key players and is one place away from the wooden spoon. They are in a public spat with one of their young stars, Tevita Pangai Jr. who also broke bio-security protocols to attend the opening of a barber shop. Even club legend Alan Langer, who spends 80 minutes on the field every game anyway, can’t make a comeback because he breached bio-security regulations to have a drink at a pub and was nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Oates and Fifita, meanwhile, earn their second Frownlow nominations. Oates was nominated in 2017 for a bromantic tiff with Broncos legend Justin Hodges, while Fifita got himself locked up after a pub fight in Bali last year. The Broncos bailed Fifita out, but he still decided to sign a contract with the Gold Coast Titans for next season.

Some NSW residents and NRL fans must love what they’re seeing at the Broncos this year.

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Jarryd Hayne calls for Hillsong to host Frownlow awards night.

Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne believes the awards night for The Frownlow Medal must be held at Hillsong Church in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Hayne is a member of the hugely popular Evangelical megachurch and is a favourite to win The Frownlow Medal in 2019 after being charged with sexual assault.

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.

Hayne believes Hillsong Church is a superior venue to The Star, Sydney, which is the traditional home of the award’s night for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

“Sure, lots of guys have been nominated for stuff that happened at The Star,” Hayne conceded.

“Even Corey (Norman, 2016 Frownlow Medallist) got busted with pills there, but Hillsong is better – it rocks. It’s a huge venue, they have wicked concerts and stage shows and the atmosphere is massive,” he argued.

The former NRL player, who has not been found guilty of sexual assault, also believes it could attract distinguished guests to the ceremony.

“We could get ScoMo to go. He loves new age Pentecostal churches and he’s a huge footy fan. He could hand out the awards. I reckon if we told him he could wear a baseball cap and sink some schooners, he’d do it for sure.”

Holding the ceremony at Hillsong may also appease two other leading candidates, Israel Folau and Manase Fainu, who have an affinity with churches in the western suburbs of Sydney. Folau lost his multi-million dollar Rugby Union contract for expressing views he cultivated at a church in western Sydney, while Fainu will soon face court after being accused of stabbing someone during a brawl outside a church in western Sydney.

Hillsong faces strong competition for hosting rights. The Star is a very popular haunt with Frownlow nominees, while La Favela nightclub in Bali is where recent nominees Nelson Asofa-Solomona and David Fifita attracted the attention of Frownlow judges.

Wherever the event is held, all in attendance are sure to be filled with some sort of spirit.

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Bali bar biff earns David Fifita a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

One of the hottest prospects in the NRL has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being arrested in Bali for alleged involvement in a violent incident at a nightclub. David Fifita was arrested and thrown into a cell on the party island after being accused of fighting with a security guard.

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.

Fifita was arrested after an alleged assault at La Favela nightclub, the same location where Nelson Asofa-Solomona earned his recent Frownlow nomination. It was also reported that he had not been fully questioned by police because he was too drunk to properly answer questions.

The Frownlow nomination comes just weeks before the announcement of The Frownlow medallist for 2019, and just weeks after Fifita captained the junior Kangaroos. An official from Fifita’s club, the Brisbane Broncos, has flown to Bali to assist the young star through the investigation.

So, will Fifita win The Frownlow Medal for 2019?

That is a very tough question to answer. This year has been one of the most competitive since the award’s inception, with contenders such as Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin, Jaidyn Stephenson, Scott Bolton and Manase Fainu all attracting the attention of judges.

Fifita now has to hope that he is released from his Bali jail cell in time to attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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