Zaine Cordy gets his 15 minutes.

Zaine Cordy is a good AFL player. Not great. He has played at the highest level for Western Bulldogs and won a premiership in 2016, but he won’t go down as one of the greats. That’s why he is so elated to have earned his 15 minutes of fame and a nomination 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 star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Cordy chose Mad Monday to grab his 15 minutes, and got so drunk that he was photographed slumped on the wall of the pub in Melbourne before being carried into a taxi by Bulldogs teammates.

Getting drunk at a Mad Monday celebration is mild compared to other actions which have earned Fronwlow nominations, and that is why Cordy will only be famous for 15 minutes.

Once he recovers from his hangover, Cordy still has 4 months to impress judges of The Frownlow Medal, which will be awarded later this year.

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Newcastle Knights.

EXCLUSIVE: Details of the Newcastle Knights Mad Monday celebrations have been leaked exclusively to The Frownlow Medal from sources inside the club.

The leak outlines why Bradman Best and Enari Tuala were late for the team bus recently, and follows the circulation of a video showing Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann being removed from a toilet cubicle.

Best and Tuala were stood down after arriving late for the team bus on the day of the game against the Broncos in Brisbane. It can now be revealed why they were late:

Captain Cubicle’s Giant Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt is the centrepiece of this year’s Mad Monday celebrations, which Ponga started planning after being sidelined with concussion, as soon as the Knights had no chance of playing finals.

The anonymous source within the club has revealed that Ponga and Mann were in the toilet cubicle a long way from Suncorp Stadium, in order to plant the first clue for the treasure hunt. Ponga was there in his role as team captain, while Mann is the trustworthy utility who does whatever the team needs.

“That’s why they were fully clothed, drinks in hand in the cubicle together,” explained the source.

Captain Cubicle and Mann Monday left a clue, so Best and Tuala teamed up to search for similar clues in a toilet cubicle in Brisbane, after seeing the video of their teammates on the nightly news. As crafty and skillful outside backs, they deduced that toilet cubicles are the best place to start looking for clues. They lost track of time and were late for the bus.

Even Captain Cubicle’s father got in on the act.

Andre Ponga told the media:

“He made an exciting house purchase Saturday and celebrated with a few mates drinking,” before claiming that Kalyn was…

“Sick in the toilet and his mate went in to help him.”

But this was all just a distraction aimed at keeping players like Tuala and Best off the scent. After all, Mad Monday doesn’t begin until September 4, so Ponga Jr doesn’t want players finding the treasure too soon.

The source also indicated that club great Andrew Johns is part of Captain Cubicle’s party planning team, while the Knights new NRLW recruit Millie Boyle was consulted because she is very familiar with the inside of a toilet cubicle.

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TC Robati was running from his biggest fear.

NRL player Teui ‘TC’ Robati was trying to dodge his responsibility as a role model when he swerved a car across multiple lanes of traffic after a Mad Monday celebration. The Brisbane player was fined for dangerous driving and nominated for The Fronwlow Medal as a result of the reckless stunt.

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.

Robati avoided conviction but was fined $1000 for swerving a car across multiple lanes of traffic on the way home from the Broncos Mad Monday celebrations in Brisbane. He was apparently in the passenger seat while his girlfriend drove, but grabbed the steering wheel when he thought they’d missed a turn off. The car swerved through traffic and other drivers had to brake to avoid an accident.

“I admit I was trying to run away from being a role model,” Robati later confessed.

“I was running away. I couldn’t take it anymore, being told I’m a role model, and I tried to get away from all the pressure.”

“People keep telling us that just because we’re pro footballers that we’re role models to young people, but that’s just crazy. I mean, look at me, I’m almost the same age as the people I’m supposed to be a role model to.”

Robati was disqualified from driving for six months and will have to grab a lift or take a ride share every time he’s required to attend a Broncos function as a role model.

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Shaun Lane almost escapes a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

NRL player Shaun Lane has done just enough to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal after images surfaced of him holding an unknown white substance.

Leaked photos emerged recently of Lane holding a small bag containing a white substance during last year’s Mad Monday celebrations, when Lane was playing for the Manly Sea Eagles.

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.

Lane is set to receive a fine from the NRL, but will not be banned. The lesser punishment suggests a lesser crime, and this is unlikely to help Lane’s chances of winning The Frownlow Medal this year, a fact that is readily apparent to the player.

“Yeah, it’s gonna be tough,” Lane admitted.

“But that’s why I made the move when I did. See, at the end of last year and the start of this season, heaps of guys were gettin’ their gear off, with their teammates, young women, anyone – so it was really hard to stand out from the pack and get a nomination. Guys were being charged with all sorts of stuff.”

“But the last few weeks have been pretty quiet and it’s the business end of the season so this was a great time to peak and come into form,” he explained.

Like all good footballers, though, Lane accepts that the outcome is not in his hands.

“Now I’ve just got to leave it up to the selectors.”

Lane has been invited to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, later this year, where he will discover if he has done enough to win the award, and will find out exactly what to do with that white powder.

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