Matt Henjak will not be sent home from Frownlow awards night.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame have assured former Wallaby Matt Henjak he will not be ejected from the award’s night of nights because, quite simply, anything goes.

Henjak will join some of the greats of Australian football at the gala ceremony after he committed a series of off-field indiscretions, including being sent home from a Wallabies tour.

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. Former NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while former 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.

Henjak was sent home from the tour of South Africa in 2004 for involvement in an incident in a bar. Allegations followed that the victim of Henjak’s behaviour had been paid in order to stay silent.

The talented back began his bid for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2000, when he recorded a conviction for assault in the ACT. He then trashed a motel room in Bombala, NSW, for which he was fined almost $9000 and placed on a good behaviour bond. At the time, he was already on a good behaviour bond for the earlier assault conviction.

Henjak returned with another tilt at Frownlow glory in 2008 when he was sacked by the Western Force for breaking the jaw of teammate Haig Sare during a fight at a Fremantle hotel. The fine this time was $5000 and the suspension was for eight Super Rugby matches.

The former Brumby is confident of his chances of induction into the Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame and even more confident of having a great time at the awards night alongside players who have been nominated for alcohol abuse, assault, domestic violence, imprisonment, public urination and drug offences.

With a guest list like this, anything goes.

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Two Bloody Idiots Nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL players Royce Vardy and Jay Schulz have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with drink driving. The two separate incidents are all the more severe due to the fact that the Transport Accident Commission was the major sponsor of their Richmond club when both players were charged.

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.

Vardy committed his offence in 2001 and Schulz decided to surpass his colleague. In 2005, Schulz was found guilty of drink driving and speeding at a time when the slogan warning all Australians to obey the road rules was,

“If you drink and drive, you’re a bloody idiot.”

Schulz had his licence suspended for six months and was fined $5000. He also copped a swipe from Richmond managers, who told the press,

“…he’s been in the system three years, so the amount of education he’s had on this has been extensive.”

The former Tigers remain circumspect of their chances of induction. A driving offence while playing for a team sponsored by a government department promoting road safety was not enough to earn Geelong’s Joel Selwood a place in the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Schulz has a greater chance than Vardy, having been involved in a highly publicised training stoush with teammate Jackson Trengove in 2011.

If Schulz and Vardy do snag an invite to the awards ceremony, one imagines they will be catching the bus.

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Three amigos nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Maverick Weller joins Joel Wilkinson and Jacob Gillbee in earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame due to a drunken incident in Thailand.

The three AFL players were handcuffed and detained by Thai police in Koh Phangan after allegedly becoming involved in a fight with an off-duty police officer outside a bar at the popular party spot, during an end of season trip in 2011.

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 code-swapper Karmichael Hunt 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 trio, along with teammate and former Frownlow nominee Campbell Brown, were later released without charge. Gillbee, however, holds a stronger claim to earning a place in the prestigious hall of fame as he was also charged with drink driving in 2013.

Being alleged of involvement in a bar brawl in Thailand is actually the same charge that saw NRL players Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray nominated for Frownlow honours. There is no evidence, nor allegation, that the AFL and NRL players were arrested due to any sort of international inter-code rivalry.

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