Quinten Lynch nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Quinten Lynch has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with a driving offence.

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.

Lynch was charged with drink-driving, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after failing to stop for a random breath test in 2004.

The former Collingwood and West Coast player will discover later this year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, and will be sent an Uber in order to ensure that he arrives at the awards night on time.

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Gideon Gela Mosby smashes a man’s skull for a shot at The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Gideon Gela-Mosby has earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with smashing a man’s skull and assaulting another man. Gela-Mosby is accused of punching the men late one night in Cairns in November 2020.

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 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 victims claim that the former Cowboys player approached the two men on the street and threw a surprise punch at one man, fracturing his skull. Gela-Mosby then allegedly punched the second man when he came to the aid of his friend. As a result, Gela-Mosby was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Gela-Mosby strengthened his bid for a place in the hall of fame with multiple driving offences. He committed his first offence in 2017 when he was caught driving without a licence. He then offended twice more in 2018, and on one occasion was caught driving to a bottle shop with an expired learner’s licence. He was fined multiple times and prevented from securing a driver’s licence.

Assault has earned many footballers a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, so will it prove a golden ticket for Gela-Mosby?

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Tesi Niu has a lot to learn.

Youngster Tesi Niu will need to lift his game dramatically if he is to compete with the big boys of the NRL and other football codes. Niu received his first nomination for The Frownlow Medal for a driving offence, but this will not be enough to win the prize in 2021.

The young Brisbane player was fined $400 and suspended from driving for six months after being found guilty of driving without a qualified licence.

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.

Niu faces very tough competition for Australia’s greatest sporting prize in 2021. Some experts are even predicting that this will be the toughest year ever, with four players still under investigation for sexual assault, other for domestic violence and physical assault – even before the NRL and AFL have started their seasons.

Experienced Frownlow nominees would advise the young Bronco to not only drive without a qualified licence, but to also drive drunk, speed, text and post a photo on social media while driving, and to swipe some parked cars before fleeing the scene…and that’s just for starters.

Niu might pick up some tips from teammates while they give him a lift to training. He could seek advice from his childhood idol, Anthony Milford, as well as previous nominees Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Jake Turpin, Keenan Palasia and Tevita Pangai Jr, plus hall of fame inductee Matthew Lodge.

All is not lost for the talented fullback and centre, however. He’s still young, so has plenty of time to improve his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal.

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Sam Burgess makes a comeback.

Sam Burgess has made another bid for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite having been inducted in 2020. The former NRL player was recently caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children.

Who says footballers are not great role models?

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.

Burgess was inducted into the hall of fame last year after a massive controversy which saw him accused of domestic violence, violence against women, intimidation and drug and alcohol abuse. His former club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, was also accused of covering up some of his misdemeanours and providing false samples for drug testing. The investigation into the incident continues.

Burgess received Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and first attracted the attention of judges when he posted a photo of himself on social media using his phone while driving. He has come a long way since then.

The rampagining forward, who is famous for playing in a winning grand final team with a broken bone on his face, will now be remembered for a sordid family scandal riddled with drug and alcohol abuse, violence and self-destruction – exactly what is expected of inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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