Jordan De Goey suffers massive blow after court ruling.

Jordan De Goey is devastated after learning that his chances of winning The Fronwlow Medal have decreased following a court ruling in the United States. Authorities have dropped charges of groping a woman that led to the AFL player being arrested in New York recently.

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.

De Goey had been charged with allegedly groping a woman on the dance floor in a nightclub and assaulting her male friend when he came to assist. The groping charges have been dropped, while the other charges are still being considered.

Before the decision, the Collingwood star was a solid chance of winning The Fronwlow Medal. His charges were severe enough and he had already been nominated twice before in 2021. He has also been nominated many times in previous years, for charges including speeding, drink-driving and driving without a licence.

Furthermore, he was accused of allegedly assaulting a woman in Australia a few years ago, but has a talent for evading prosecution for such charges.

However, the competition for Frownlow honours is extremely strong this year. NRL star Jarryd Hayne is in prison for raping a woman and at least 40 other footballers are in contention. Losing the charge of groping a woman will make it difficult for De Goey to defeat his rivals. That said, history shows that if anyone can do it, Jordan can.

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Cameron Munster blamed for Qld Origin humiliation.

Cameron Munster faces the axe from State of Origin II after it was revealed he was wearing light blue underwear during the 50 – 6 loss to NSW in game 1.

Coach Paul Green has two weeks to decide whether to drop the star playmaker, who chose to wear undies that were exactly the same colour as the NSW jerseys during the game in Townsville. TV cameras exposed the treacherous act when Munster was caught in a scuffle with opposition player Liam Martin and his maroon shorts slid down. During the scuffle, Munster is also alleged to have kicked out at Martin while he was on the ground. A striking charge could see Munster forced out of game 2 in Brisbane, but it is the wardrobe choice which has Queenslanders more concerned.

“No wonder we lost. Munster wore blue undies,” commented an enraged Qld fan on social media.

“Sack him!”

“Is he colour blind?”

“Traitor!”…wrote others.

Green was also incensed at the actions of the player who guided the understrength Qld team to victory in the 2020 series.

“Cameron should know better,” Green stated.

“He should never have worn light blue undies in an Origin game, it’s unforgivable.”

Green would not be drawn on whether he would leave Munster out of game 2.

“Look, it’s hard to say. He made a massive error which probably cursed the team and cost us the game, but we have to be realistic. We’ve got a lot of injuries. Ponga is still injured. Grant is missing match fitness. Fifita didn’t perform and every player performed pretty poorly, so it’s hard to drop a player with so much talent. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Instead of dropping Munster, Qld staff proposed another solution.

“We need to dress the players before the game.”

“We’ve got a million assistant coaches and ex-players just hanging around the dressing room every game, so we might as well put them to work. We’ll match one ex-player with every current player and help them get dressed before the game. They can even pack their bags for the boys at the hotel, make sure they bring their mouthguard and boots and stuff like that – and tie the players’ shoelaces.”

Munster was asked for comment, but instead he kicked out at the reporter and stormed off to the changeroom.

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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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An Aussie, A Kiwi and A Fijian Walk Into A Bar…and Order A Frownlow.

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NRL players Matt Moylan, Waqa Blake and Peta Hiku have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being dropped for one game for breaking team curfew.

The Penrith players skipped out of the team hotel for a quiet beverage in Melbourne while their team mates tucked themselves into bed. The trio were then dropped for the game against the Rabbitohs, which the Panthers subsequently lost by one point.

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. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.

Moylan, Blake and Hiku face tough opposition for The Frownlow Medal, from players such as ex-Tiger Tim Simona, who bet on his own games, encouraged his partner to abort his baby, abused drugs and alcohol and blew most of his substantial NRL salary and was banished from the NRL.

The Frownlow Medal winner will be announced later in the year.

 

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First published in April 2017.

Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili Nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

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St George Illawarra players Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal for their involvement in an alcohol fuelled, late night brawl in Wollongong.

Lafai and Havili were arrested for failing to cooperate with police at the scene of the brawl in central Wollongong.

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. The first medal was awarded to Sydney Roosters and New Zealand representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall in 2015.

The incident occurred after both players were dropped from first grade and sent to play in the NSW Cup team, the Illawarra Cutters.

First published in July 2016.

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