AFL finally defeats the NRL.

The AFL has claimed bragging rights over the NRL after Elijah Taylor won The Frownlow Medal in 2020 and broke the NRL dominance of the award. Taylor was found guilty of physically assaulting his partner, and for smuggling the same woman into the team’s hotel in breach of strict COVID-19 protocols.

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 players have dominated the medal since Shaun Kenny-Dowall won in 2015. He handed the mantle to NRL colleagues Corey Norman and Tim Simona, before Ben Barba won in 2019. Karmichael Hunt claimed the prize in 2018, but he played NRL and Super Rugby as well as AFL, so Taylor’s victory gives the AFL its first outright medallist.

The AFL is understandably proud of its maiden victory, but may have to temper celebrations for 2021. The first five nominees for the 2021 award are all NRL players, and they will be very hard to beat. Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin, Tristan Sailor and Jamil Hopoate all face charges of violence against women, and should have their legal proceedings completed this year. Manase Fainu is also awaiting the outcome of his court case, for allegedly stabbing a man outside a church dance.

Super Rugby has one victory, courtesy of Hunt, while the A-League has never won the award, and only recorded a handful of nominations in six years.

The NRL is heavily favoured to re-establish its dominance in 2021, but a year is a long time in football, and professional footballers are capable of getting themselves into all sorts of scandals off the field. So, can the AFL win the most prestigious award in Australian sport for a second year running?

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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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Fondlers, Teachers, Rapists (?) and Breachers battle for The Frownlow Medal.

The Frownow Medal has become a battle between the Breachers, the Teachers, the Fondlers and three alleged rapists in 2020, and the winner will be announced in a matter of weeks. While the nominees prepare for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, we take a look at the favourites for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

Elijah Taylor is favourite at the time of writing. The AFL player pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his partner and has already been awarded a Wife Beater tattoo, as well as being fined and dropped by the Sydney Swans.

Taylor is not in prison, but NRL players Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor could be. Hayne is currently in court for alleged sexual assault of a woman, and will be hard to beat if he is found guilty. Sailor and de Belin face similar charges but may not complete their court cases in 2020, so may have to hope for Frownlow glory in 2021.

Manase Fainu is also waiting for the courts to decide his fate. The rookie NRL player is still up on charges of stabbing someone – at a church dance.

The (alleged) rapists also have to contend with the Teachers and the Breachers.

NRL players Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera are the Teachers. They offered private study sessions to teenage girls they met on an official Canterbury Bulldogs school visit, and were sacked by the NRL. They were later welcomed back into the NRL, as the girls were of legal age, and because the girls drastically improved their grades.

A total of 31 players breached strict COVID-19 protocols this year, and earned Frownlow nominations as a result. The most famous was Nathan Cleary, whose performance on TikTok impressed fans more than his performance for the Panthers in the Grand Final. Lachie Hunter’s breach included alcohol abuse, fleeing the scene, drink driving and smashing into parked cars, including one that belonged to his girlfriend’s parents – awkward.

Footy Fondlers

AFL players clearly have a fascination with other players’ private parts. Cameras caught Nick Vlastuin, Jack Riewoldt, Jayden Short, Dan Butler, Jayden Hunt and Christian Petracca practising their handballs with their teammates.

Dual nominee

Tyson Stengle earned two nominations in one year. The first for drink driving in an unregistered car while disqualified from driving, and the second for possession of illicit drugs.

Yet again, AFL and NRL players dominate the nominations for The Frownlow Medal. Rugby Union and Football players did not earn a single nomination, while the NRL earned 31 and the AFL 23. Will Taylor become the first player to win the award outright for the AFL?

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Elijah Taylor earns a Wife Beater tattoo.

AFL player Elijah Taylor has joined a long list of professional footballers to have been awarded The Frownlow Medal Wife Beater tattoo after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The talented 19-year-old pleaded guilty to numerous charges for an incident in September 2020 and was sacked by the Sydney Swans.

Taylor has added his name to an illustrious list of players from the major football codes who have all been found guilty of violence against women, including physical assault and sexual assault, and who now display the sought-after tattoo on the fists used to injure their victims.

The list includes players such as:

AFL

Nick Stevens

Justin Murphy

Liam Jurrah

NRL

Robert Lui

Stuart Webb

Sam Burgess (premiership winner, England international)

Matt Lodge

Scott Bolton (premiership winner)

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano (premiership winner, New Zealand international)

Ben Barba (premiership winner, Dally M medallist)

Jake Friend (premiership winning captain, Origin)

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso (premiership winner, Tonga international)

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake (Tonga international)

Kirisome Auva’a (premiership winner, Samoa international)

Greg Inglis (premiership winner, Origin winner, Australian captain – for a few hours)

Ken McGuinness (NSW Origin)

and Dylan Walker (premiership winner, Origin, Australia)

And let’s not forget Craig Wells, who was found guilty of raping a teenage girl after plying her with illicit drugs. A far cry from playing for the Wallabies.

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Did Elijah Taylor beat Jarryd Hayne?

AFL player Elijah Taylor beat his ex-girlfriend, and he may have beaten Jarryd Hayne to The Frownlow Medal in 2020. Taylor pleaded guilty to assault and has snatched favouritism from Hayne while the ex-NRL player continues his court case for alleged 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, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Taylor pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting his former partner and causing bodily harm in circumstance of aggravation in Perth in September. As a result, he has been sacked by the Sydney Swans. The 19-year-old only played his first AFL game in round seven this year, but was soon suspended by the AFL for breaching COVID-19 protocols. Ironically, he was suspended for sneaking his partner into the hotel where the Swans where staying under strict COVID-19 conditions.

Taylor has moved into pole position for the prestigious cross-code award this year while Hayne awaits the outcome of his court case, and while fellow NRL players Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor await a verdict on similar charges.

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Elijah Taylor joins The Breachers.

AFL player Elijah Taylor becomes the 17th professional footballer to breach COVID-19 bio-security protocols and has subsequently been suspended for the remainder of the season and nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Taylor was punished after his partner entered the Sydney Swans’ quarantine accommodation in Western Australia without permission, which is breach of AFL and WA quarantine regulations.

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 mistake resulted in a $50,000 fine for the Swans and severe punishment for the young Swan.

Fans want to know if Taylor will ever play in the AFL again, and if he will sneak his partner into the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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