Why Corey Norman moved to England.

The reason Corey Norman moved to the English Super League will surprise you. Pundits believed it was because:

He wasn’t good enough for the NRL.

He was too old for the NRL.

No NRL club wanted to sign a scandal-prone player.

He wasted his talent in Australia.

He couldn’t handle the enormous responsibility of being a former Frownlow medallist.

He thought he couldn’t win The Frownlow Medal again.

But that’s not why.

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.

Only Corey can explain why he ditched the NRL and moved to the Super League:

“I love sticky date,” he revealed.

“I can’t get enough sticky date, and the best sticky date’s in England.”

“I love it so much I have to have it in the middle of a game. I love to get it on my finger and give my finger a good lick. I can’t get enough of the moist sponge, the finely chopped dates, the toffee sauce – I’m even thinking of bringing a bit of custard or ice cream onto the field with me next time. Or I’m gonna ask the trainer to bring that instead of gatorade. Man, I love it”

“Didn’t you see the smile on my face after I tried some of Ollie’s sticky date?”

Norman’s obsession with sticky date saw him ‘place his hands intentionally between the buttocks of Warrington’s Oliver Holmes’ and he was hit with an eight-game ban and a 500 pound fine. The former Queensland State of Origin player has probably played his last game for Toulouse as the club is facing relegation.

Has he played his last game of professional rugby league?

Norman emulated one of his role models and Frownlow great John Hopoate, who popularised sticky dates while playing in the NRL many years ago.

“Hoppa loves sticky date as well. He liked it before it was trending, but he never had the best sticky date, because he only had it in Australia. Hoppa – come to England mate, you can get great sticky date here,” Norman said.

Super League officials used different words to describe the incident:

“The footage shows a deliberate placing of Corey Norman’s hands and fingers on the buttocks and coupled with the immediate complaint from Holmes, the reaction of his teammate Danny Walker and the statement of Holmes to which we have measured regard we are entirely satisfied that this was an intentional placing of a hand between the buttocks of the opposing player and we find the charge proved.”

Which is a fancy way of saying he ‘did a Hopoate’.

Controversy has accompanied Norman throughout his professional career. He won The Fronwlow Medal in 2016 and his been nominated in 2018, 2019 and twice in 2021, for incidents such as:

Possession of illicit drugs

Leaked sex tape

Being photographed with known criminals

Salary cap controversy

Public intoxication,

and a street brawl outside Northies.

He has now been nominated for the hall of fame yet again, and has been invited to the Frownlow awards night later this year, where he and Hoppa can enjoy all the sticky date they like.

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Victor Radley to lie back and think of England.

Victor Radley will have to lie back and think of England next time he gets excited about representative football after learning that his soft hands are no longer welcome in the NSW dressing rooms.

Radley recently demonstrated his love for one of his Blues teammates, and the gesture has earned him his second nomination for The Fronwlow 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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Radley was issued with a suspended fine after being caught on camera performing a lewd act on Blues teammate Joseph Suaalii after the siren sounded on game 2 of State of Origin. He waited for the cameras to focus on him, then mimicked an explicit hand gesture on fellow Sydney Rooster Suaalii before reeling away laughing.

“Everyone wants to get their hands on young Joseph,” Radley said in his defence, “not just me. I was just showing him how much everyone in the Blues camp loves him and why he should stay in league and not go to union, no matter how much they pay him.”

“I took one for the team to try to make him a Blue for life. I don’t know if Joe’s into that sort of thing, but, you know, I’m here for him, whatever he needs. Plus, you know what, I don’t regret it, and I’ll do it in the Roosters dressing room as well if I have to. I’ll do it after every game, before every game and even at half time if I have to just to keep the young bloke in our sport.”

It may be Radley’s final act in a Blues jersey, as he recently declared his international allegiance to England and this could make him ineligible for State of Origin, and ineligible to share a representative dressing room with Suaalii.

Strangely enough, it is not as bizarre as Radley’s first Frownlow nomination. In 2021, he was nominated for tackling someone. Yes, a rugby league player was punished for tackling someone. The back-rower was suspended for two games after tackling a person in the street outside a house party in Byron Bay late one evening and issued with a suspended $20,000 fine.

Suaalii has not been invited to the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, but Radley is sure to find many more wayward footballers keen to live out their homoerotic fantasies.

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English brothers attempt to steal a piece of Aussie sporting history.

England’s Burgess brothers could become the first siblings to be inducted into The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame in the same year. Sam, Luke and George are all in contention for the award in 2021 after joining 39 professional footballers in committing off-field scandals.

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.

Luke is the big brother of the NRL family and he was nominated for a drunken bar fight in Arizona while on a Rabbitohs pre-season training camp in 2015. Luke and John Sutton were handcuffed and investigated by police after being kicked out of the bar and picking a fight with a bouncer.

George was involved in a road rage incident this year, and received nominations in 2013 for throwing a street sign through a car window, and for somehow appearing naked on a gay porn website.

Meanwhile, Sam is a Frownlow favourite, having earned nominations for either the medal or the hall of fame in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, for incidents including driving offences, social media scandals and allegations of domestic violence.

Earlier this year he was 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. Sam is already in the hall of fame.

If the Burgess brothers are successful, they would create history. Andrew and Matthew Johns were both nominated in 2018, but only Andrew was inducted. Even off the field Matthew couldn’t match his brother’s rugby league achievements.

Defending Australia’s honour.

A host of Aussie footballers from the NRL and AFL are doing their best to ensure that a bunch of Englishmen don’t take over the biggest prize in Aussie sport.

Like Father, Like Son

Jamil Hopoate is attempting to join his dad John in the hall of fame. Jamil earned a Wife Beater tattoo this year after being found guilty of assaulting his partner in 2020. He hit his partner to the ground, spat at security guards, threatened to bash them and fled the scene, leaving behind the mother of his nine-month-old child. His partner was taken to hospital, and he was later caught drink-driving. Earlier this year he led police on a chase through Sydney after jumping out of a truck containing $155 million worth of cocaine. These incidents followed a stint in prison for a violent assault outside a Manly pub in 2014.

His father won induction for all manner of controversies, including the infamous finger up the undies of an opposition player. Currently, Jim and Andrew Krakouer of the AFL are the only Father – Son combo in the hall of fame.

This is real

AFL star Heath Shaw once crashed into a parked car while driving drunk and then lied about the incident to the media. He was also suspended from AFL for gambling on matches and detained by police for drunken behaviour in public. He strengthened his bid for Frownlow immortalisation when he and Sam Burgess both appeared on the reality TV show SAS Australia. It’s amazing how many Frownlow nominees appear on reality TV shows.

Have a beer with an alcoholic

Jason Smith flew out of control after his NRL career. The Australia representative confessed to years of alcohol and drug abuse and claims he considered suicide. He was also implicated in the drug supply ring which earned prison sentences for two other former NRL players and Frownlow nominees, Matt Seers and John Touma. His lawyer suggested that his fans could help him get his life back on track by having a beer with him.

A Current Affair

Jake Carlisle can thank A Current Affair for his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Carlisle was filmed by the Channel 9 program snorting cocaine on the same day that he was traded from Essendon To St Kilda in 2015.

The Pollie Puncher.

Chris Tarrant might get into the hall of fame on popularity alone. He did something every Australian has always wanted to do; he punched a politician.

The Skull Smasher

It sounds like the name of a professional wrestler, but it’s the title of a former NRL player. Gideon Gela-Mosby threw away his footy career with the Cowboys after smashing a man’s skull in 2020.

It finally happened

Anthony Mundine is a former NRL player, Boxer, and one of the most controversial athletes in Australia. That said, he didn’t receive a Frownlow nomination until this year, and only because of a bizarre anti-vaccination post on social media.

Who will make it?

Who will be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2021? The candidates listed above certainly have a strong chance, but so do other professional footballers, who have until the end of this year to impress Frownlow judges and become part of Australian sporting history.

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George Burgess wants a naked statue in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player George Burgess has requested a naked, life-size statue of himself in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The England international made the request immediately after he received a nomination for appearing naked on a gay porn website in 2013. He has assured judges he can supply photos for the sculptor, and is willing to assist with the creation of the statue.

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 took two nude selfies in 2013 and they somehow made their way onto the gay porn site and were also circulated on Twitter. No one was able to explain how they ended up on the site, and no action was taken against Burgess by either the NRL or the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The photo scandal emerged just after Burgess had escaped punishment for another off-field scandal.

He was given a two-match suspension and a $10,000 fine after he was charged by Queensland police with throwing a street sign through a car window in Redlynch near Cairns. He was charged with two counts of wilful damage to a car and was ordered to undertake an anger management program and 50 hours of community work.

To strengthen his bid for a place in the hall of fame, he then got himself involved in a road rage incident in 2021, just weeks after signing a deal with the Dragons to return to the NRL. It is alleged that Burgess left his vehicle after he said he was being filmed by another driver, had an argument, and threw the man’s phone on the ground. He was charged with malicious damage.

George now joins brother Sam, who was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and earlier this year.

Burgess escaped any further punishment for the incident in 2013, and was free to continue playing with the Rabbitohs for the remainder of the season. He admitted at the time, via a generic footballer’s apology statement, that he is “…a role model for kids.”

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