Wife Saviour Complex.

Wife Saviour Complex is an increasingly common syndrome affecting woman who date and marry footballers nominated for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Women afflicted with the syndrome save footballers from their destructive behaviour regardless of how much the women themselves suffer in the process.

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.

Women exhibiting signs of Wife Saviour Complex stick by their man through his terrible behaviour. They rescue him from his drug and alcohol abuse, his driving offences and public humiliation. They tolerate his partying and infidelity, and forgive his latest social media faux pas, plus his nudity, racism, sexism, homophobia and destruction of property. The women are left to pick up the pieces when the player gets fined or arrested, and spends time behind bars. They console their man when he gets suspended from his club, or sacked. In some cases, the Wife Saviour suffers psychological, emotional or physical abuse. They suffer through all of these behaviours, even during ‘Women’s Round’.

Some even start a relationship with a man despite knowing that he has engaged in destructive behaviour for many years. Amelia Miller dated former AFL player and Frownlow HoF inductee Nick Stevens knowing he had violently assaulted his former girlfriend, and heard the torrid details while she sat through his court case.

She turned my life around.”

That’s great for the footballer. The question is, what did the woman have to do, and have to put up with, in order to turn the player’s life around? The net result of the woman’s tireless work is a return to form for the footballer, more victories for his team, representative honours and more money in his bank account.

Behind every great man…

Are they great?

The footballers are grown men, earning a lot of money to play a game they love. Despite this, they can’t turn their own lives around; they need a woman to do it for them. After the woman has turned the footballer’s life around, he returns to being ‘a great bloke’, a ‘top human’ and a ‘role model’ for young people.

Behind every great woman…

This phrase does not exist, but female Frownlow nominees exist. Nita Maynard was the first, and Deni Varnhagen and Millie Boyle followed. There were no articles praising the men who helped these players get back on their feet after their off-field incident. Certainly not for Millie Boyle. The man with whom she committed her toilet tryst and earned her nomination is none other than NRL player Adam Elliott, who has earned numerous Fronwlow nominations for his own indiscretions.

Jack de Belin’s partner apparently helped him turn his life around. We don’t know exactly what happened in the de Belin home, but we do know that the woman was at home, heavily pregnant, while de Belin was out partying and having sex with a 19-year-old woman and Callan Sinclair which resulted in charges of rape (which were eventually dropped).

Next time you hear about a woman turning around the life of a wayward footballer, remember that she may be afflicted with Wife Saviour Complex.

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The Frownlow Medal Power Couple.

NRL players Adam Elliott and Millie Boyle have become The Frownlow Medal’s Power Couple after being caught kissing in the toilets at a restaurant recently, and they will be the first couple in history to attend the Frownlow awards night together.

They will also have a toilet cubicle named after them in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, beside the Sonny Bill Williams cubicle.

Elliott and Boyle earned the status of Power Couple after being asked to leave a Gold Coast venue when it was discovered they had shared a kiss in the men’s bathroom. Media reports allege Elliott was shirtless, but Boyle stated publicly that the incident was nothing more than an innocent kiss after they’d had a few too many drinks.

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 Bulldogs and Broncos players are not the first pairing to be nominated for Frownlow honours, but are the first duo who both play a football code in Australia. Former AFL player and Wife Beater Nick Stevens, and his girlfriend Amelia Miller, were both nominated in 2016, but Amelia never played professional football.

Elliott has consequently been stood down for the remaining two games of the season and the NRL is investigating the incident, while Boyle has apparently not been sanctioned.

Boyle now becomes the second woman nominated for Frownlow honours, after fellow NRLW player Nita Maynard made history earlier this year with her nomination. Elliott, meanwhile, is very familiar to fans of The Frownlow Medal.

He claimed he would take “professional help in regards to issues with alcohol” after a series of off-field incidents. Just this year, he was accused of getting too close to the wife or his former teammate, Michael Lichaa during a party at Lichaa’s house. In 2018, he appeared dancing naked on the front page of the newspaper when the Bulldogs’ Mad Monday celebration got wild.

Media outlets are reporting that since the incident with Boyle, one of the people Elliott called to apologise for yet another mistake was the Canterbury-Bankstown club sponsor. He apparently told the sponsor that he will never cause an off-field controversy again, and will control his alcohol intake. He better not if he wants to win The Frownow Medal.

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WAGS demand their own category within The Frownlow Medal.

Calls are growing for a special section of The Frownlow Medal just for the Wives and Girlfriends of footballers after yet another controversy involving players’ partners.

Partners of NRL players were caught breaching COVID-19 regulations inside the special NRL bubble in south east Queensland. Many wives, girlfriends and children of NRL players are staying at the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise after the entire competition was moved to Queensland due to lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

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.

Photos in the media show WAGS passing items to each other in adjoining rooms and in rooms on other levels, which is a clear breach of the rules. It is believed some of the items are necessities like milk, while others are apparently marshmallows and lollies. Hotel managers subsequently warned guests via intercom not to pass items between floors and balconies.

The photos forced the Queensland government to threaten to shut down the NRL competition if there is any more evidence of another COVID-related breach.

The NRL partners are just the latest to surround themselves in scandal.

Amelia Miller is the most famous WAG in Frownlow circles. She not only stood by her boyfriend Nick Stevens when the ex-AFL player was in court for domestic violence charges. She not only listened to details of the horrific and repeated assaults on his ex-girlfriend which earned him a prison sentence, but she verbally attacked the victim via social media. Her verbal attacks only ceased when she posted updates boasting about the designer-label clothes she was wearing to the court case every day.

Taylor Winterstein is the wife of Frank, and Shanelle Cartwright the wife of Bryce. Both of the NRL WAGS made headlines for their public stance against any form of vaccination, even when Bryce’s refusal to get vaccinated almost ended the season for his Gold Coast Titans team in 2020.

Their social media stance forced Instagram/Facebook to place restrictions on their accounts in order to prevent dangerous and misinformed anti-vaccination messages gaining traction.

Frownlow judges are considering the creation of a special category for WAGS, and will seek consultation from all relevant stakeholders, including the wife of Api Koriosau. The NRL player was recently accused of allegedly brining a woman, who was not his wife, into his hotel room during State of Origin camp. Not once, but twice. Allegedly.

Judges are also deciding whether to invite WAGS to the debaucherous awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Nick Stevens has a short memory.

Former AFL player Nick Stevens was inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, but this must have slipped his mind, because he has earned a second nomination for fraud.

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.

Stevens was charged in 2019 with multiple counts of fraud involving a failed business installing pools in people’s homes, after earning a place in the hall of fame in 2017. Stevens was accused of five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage, which earned him more than $144,000.

The court heard that Stevens took $3,300 from each victim and promised to install a swimming pool. He then charged the victims larger sums of between $24,075 and $30,483, but the pools were never installed. The former Carlton and Port Adelaide player was also charged with one count each of making and using a false document.

Judges of the prestigious award are still deciding whether Stevens can be nominated this year, if he already has a prized place in the hall of fame. They are likely to use the Cousins Clause, which is named after serial scandalist Ben Cousins, who earns nominations every year despite having been inducted in 2017. Fellow AFL player Sam Newman, and NRL disaster John Hopoate, have also benefitted from this clause.

The question is whether Stevens will want such a minor charge recorded on his hall of fame plaque, which already details the horrific and sustained physical and psychological abuse he inflicted on his former partner.

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