Saving David Fifita.

Feature film Saving David Fifita is set to hit cinemas in time for the July school holidays. The family-friendly blockbuster follows the NRL champion and the efforts of two clubs to bail him out of messy legal situations, as well as his attempts to win The Frownlow 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Fifita takes centre stage in the fast-paced flick which details his time in police custody in Bali, and his trespassing charge in Queensland in late 2020, as well as the efforts of the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans to save their highly-paid star and get him back onto the footy field.

The Queensland Origin star was arrested in December 2020 after trespassing at a Gold Coast property. Residents claim an intoxicated Fifita walked into a bedroom where a woman was sleeping, and they called the police. Fifita was then arrested on the street, but he was released with a caution, because he claimed he was simply looking for another resident and accidentally walked into the wrong bedroom.

The NRL has since reopened the investigation into the incident, and Fifita has earned a third Frownlow nomination, because it has been revealed the Titans arranged a $10,000 payment to the property residents. As a result, Fifita is expected to be served a breach notice, and could miss game 2 of State of Origin.

Saving David Fifita also features previously unseen footage of the Broncos bailing him out of jail in Bali in 2019, when he earned his first Frownlow nomination. The rampaging back-rower was arrested for an alleged assault outside a nightclub in Seminyak. On that occasion, he was freed after a representative from the Broncos flew to Bali to arrange his release. Exactly how that release was secured is known to only a few people. What is known is that after the Broncos got him out of police custody in a foreign country, Fifita signed with the Titans.

It is believed the Titans have now established the Fifita Fund, and are putting money aside in case their star player needs to be saved from the law in the future.

Saving David Fifita will screen at all major cinemas throughout July. Check local guides for details.

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Do you know Cody Nelson?

Former NRL player Cody Nelson is not a household name. He never reached great heights on the field, and will be remembered more for gambling on NRL games and earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Nelson received a two-match suspension from the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of placing bets on NRL games. He was one of a number of players to be found guilty of the offence in the same period.

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 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.

Nelson rubbed shoulers with some of the greats of the game during his playing career, and he will be reunited with some of the biggest names in football when he attends the awards night for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Jarryd Hayne given a gift in prison.

Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne‘s prison buddies have welcomed him with a Wife Beater tattoo on behalf of The Frownlow Medal. Hayne earned the tattoo after being found guilty of raping a woman in 2018 and being sentenced to five years behind bars.

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 inmates of Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney set upon Hayne as soon as he arrived in the yard, pelted apples at him and holding him down while ‘Big Darryl’ draw the tattoo. The former rugby league star apparently struggled and protested until he saw what exactly was being inked onto his skin. Hayne then broke out in a broad smile when he realised he had been given the most sought after marking in Australian sport. The special tattoo also cheered him up after he was denied his request for Foxtel TV, and food and laundry services.

Hayne was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in her home on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final. After a long and drawn-out court case, he was eventually sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.

Hayne is the hot favourite to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021, but he cannot claim victory yet. A year is a long time in rugby league, and fellow NRL players Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor are still in court, also charged with alleged sexual assault.

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Hymel Hunt follows his cousins to a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Hymel Hunt has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for betting on NRL matches, and in doing so joined two of his cousins who have won Frownlow honours.

Hunt was suspended for two matches by the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of betting on NRL games, and his nomination sees him join cousins Kirisome Auva’a and 2018 Frownlow medallist Karmichael Hunt in the Frownlow family.

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 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.

Hunt will be hoping that his suspension is enough to earn him a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, especially if it gives him bragging rights at the next family BBQ.

To find out about the actions that earned Auva’a and Karmichael their Frownlow honours, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.

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Jarryd Hayne knows it’s not over.

It’s tempting to think that Jarryd Hayne has The Frownlow Medal locked up for 2021. The former NRL star was just found guilty of raping a woman in 2018 and has one hand on the most prestigious prize in Australian sport – but the result is not certain.

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.

Hayne was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in her home on Grand Final evening in 2018. He will most likely spend a substantial time in prison. Normally a rape conviction would guarantee victory in The Frownlow Medal. After all, previous medallists have won for physical assault of a woman, but not sexual assault, or for incidents involving stalking, illicit drug use, sex tapes, gambling and drug possession.

However, Hayne faces strong opposition this year from other footballers who have also been accused of sexual assault. Jack de Belin is still involved in a seemingly eternal court case after being accused of rape a long time ago, and fellow NRL player Tristan Sailor is also being investigated for sexual assault, as was Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. It is not certain when a verdict will be reached in their cases.

Following on their heels are Manase Fainu, who was charged with stabbing a man outside a church dance, and Jamil Hopoate, who has been charged with drink driving assaulting a woman. 2016 Medallist Corey Norman used a street brawl to try to win back the medal, and Zane ‘Last Chance’ Musgrove earned yet another nomination, alongside Asu Kepaoa.

AFL attempted to defend the prize they won last year when Jonathon Patton was caught sending lewd images to women who didn’t want them, and a host of fellow NRL players will keep pressure on the front runners for this year’s medal.

Knights rookie Phoenix Crossland announced the beginning of another NRL season by getting into a pub brawl, while Payne Haas and Corey Harawira-Naera earned repeat nominations. Another Corey from the Raiders, Horsburgh, was caught drink driving, while Suliasi Vunivalu earned a Frownlow nomination before he’d played his first game of professional rugby union. The Broncos have made a significant contribution already, with Kotoni Staggs being accused of homophobia, and Tesi Niu being charged with a driving offence.

In addition, Sharks big man Toby Rudolf told the most costly joke in NRL history, and Roosters forward Victor Radley got punished for tackling a man.

Who will win The Frownlow Medal in 2021?

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The real reason police released David Fifita.

Exclusive: Police have revealed that NRL star David Fifita was released from custody in order to attend the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Fifita was recently arrested for alleged trespassing but was immediately released once police learned he had earned his third nomination for Australia’s most prestigious sporting award.

The Frownlow awards will take place in a few days, at the venue Mitchell Pearce had booked for his wedding on the NSW north coast, and Fifita will join more than 50 other nominees.

The Gold Coast Titans player was arrested after he entered someone’s premises, apparently believing he had been invited by a young woman. The young woman and other occupants then apparently told him he was not welcome, and the police were called.

Fifita earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2019 when he got himself arrested for a bar room scuffle in Bali. The Brisbane Broncos bailed him out, then he signed a lucrative with the Titans. He earned his second nomination earlier this year for a COVID-19 breach.

The kindness of the boys in blue gives Fifita time to get his suit fitted for Australian sport’s night of nights, where he will find out if he has done enough to win The Frownlow Medal.

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Michael Gordon was protecting schoolies from cooties.

Former NRL player Michael Gordon was planning to supply schoolies with drugs to protect them from cooties, and has subsequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

It is believed the drugs were destined for Byron Bay where a large number of Australian school leavers are planning to celebrate the end of their school life, but the drugs were seized by police and Gordon was charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug.

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.

Gordon has been stood down by the Gold Coast Titans where he was an assitant coach, and where he finished his playing career. There is no truth to the rumour that Gordon took the job in anticipation of another massive schoolies celebration on the Gold Coast. Regardless, the former fullback’s plan was thwarted when COVID-19 prevented schoolies from taking place in Queensland, and the partying school kids will now let loose on Byron Bay.

Already nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are former Titans players Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling – for drug charges. Dragged into this scandal was code-swapper Karmichael Hunt, who played AFL in the Gold Coast and won The Frownlow Medal in 2018. Even Kevin Proctor was caught snorting cocaine a few years ago, and this year he captained the Titans.

Gordon did not provide an official statement after his arrest, but assured young partygoers that the substances found in his possession will definitely protect them from cooties, meningococcal disease and STDs – but not COVID-19.

Since Gordon was supplying schoolies in Byron, who will supply the guests at the awards night for the Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year?

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Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly make history.

NRL players Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have become the first players in the history of professional football to be punished for NOT sticking a needle into their arm.

The two Gold Coast Titans players were stood down by the NRL after refusing to have an influenza vaccination, and subsequently earned nominations for The Frownlow 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 player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Cartwright and Kelly refused to comply with the COVID-19 regulation as they have a personal objection to vaccinations, but authorities in Queensland stipulated that every single player must be vaccinated, or receive official approval to abstain from vaccination, in order for the NRL to resume on May 28. Cartwright and his wife have previously spoken out against vaccination of any form, and publicly declared their stance on social media.

Cartwright and Kelly have become the first players to be punished by their governing body, and to be nominated for Frownlow honours, for NOT injecting drugs into their body. The Frownlow Medal honours list is full of professional footballers who have been nominated, or rewarded for injecting all sorts of substances into their body.

The Titans players also join the growing list of players who have been suspended from a competition that is not actaully taking place – something of an achievement in itself.

This is Cartwright’s second nomination for Frownlow honours. The talented backrower was first nominated in 2017 after it was discovered he had enlisted former NRL player and fixer Lou Zivanovic to persuade his ex-girlfriend to abort his baby.

To make matters worse, judges of The Frownlow Medal have advised Kelly and Cartwright that they must be vaccinated if they want to attend the popular Frownlow awards night later this year.

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Kevin Proctor’s Bad Hair Day Earns Him A Frownlow Nomination.

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Wild hair and dynamic hit-ups have earned Kevin Proctor many fans throughout his career, now his alleged consumption of an illegal substance has earned him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

 

Proctor is accused of consuming an illegal substance while consoling himself following the Kiwis’ shocking loss to Australia in the ANZAC Test in Canberra.

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.

The Gold Coast Titans player has also been axed from the Kiwis side for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, while the Titans are also expected to punish him – maybe with a haircut.

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

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First published in May, 2017