Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham are true clubmen.

Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham are devoted clubmen. They’re just devoted to the wrong club. The West Coast players partied at a Perth nightclub recently while their AFL club struggled to field a team amid a COVID and injury crisis, and they have earned themselves 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.

Nelson and Rotham were clearly confused when they were told to devote themselves to the club. They received the same message that every AFL player receives upon signing a contract, which is to give their heart and soul to the club, to put the club before everything, to sweat for the club and even die for the club – because that’s what it takes to win a premiership. The only problem is that they put in the hard yards at a Leedverville nightclub after being told to stay away from public places due to COVID restrictions imposed on the club.

Many West Coast players and staff had been affected by COVID, and the club advised players to avoid public gatherings to reduce the risk of contagion. This was especially important since the Eagles had already lost many first-choice players to COVID and injuries. So few players were available that the club had to ask the AFL for an extension just to name a run-on side against the Brisbane Lions. Despite this, Nelson and Rothman went partying at a nightclub.

According to media reports, the Eagles have used an AFL-high 42 players this year, the most through seven rounds of a VFL-AFL season since St Kilda in 1910.

Nelson and Rothman will learn their fate soon, but have been assured that the awards night for The Frownlow Medal, to which they have been invited, is one giant nightclub at which anything goes.

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Curtis Scott caught on camera.

NRL player Curtis Scott will star in a new reality TV series called The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera, after submitting an audition tape in which he allegedly punched a man during a nightclub fight 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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

The CCTV footage Scott sent to Frownlow judges is blurry, but appears to show the Canberra Raiders player punching a man several times. Scott’s supporters claim he broke the man’s nose and caused him concussion, but this is yet to be verified. Police were not involved in the incident and Scott has not been charged, which means he was able to get his hands on the CCTV footage and send it immediately to Frownlow headquarters.

The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera will feature footballers in pub fights and street fights, and footballers urinating in public or on police cars, as well as players pooing in other people’s shoes or taking illicit substances. Audiences can also expect to see drunken players dancing naked, plus exclusive footage of former first-grade players inside prison.

Scott is free to play the lead role in the exciting new series as he has played hardly any football in the last two seasons since moving to the Raiders. He missed a large chunk of the 2020 season after serving a suspension for clashing with police on Australia Day. He earned a patriotic nomination for Frownlow honours on that occasion when he was arrested by police who found him asleep under a tree at Moore Park, and claimed he resisted arrest. Scott was in contention to win The Frownlow Medal last year until all of the charges against him were dropped.

Scoring the lead role on a reality TV show is a popular career path for underperforming footballers, and is a path paved by Frownlow nominees such as Beau Ryan. Scott is hoping that his new found fame will help him finally win The Frownlow Medal.

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Daniel Rioli backs Shai Bolton’s bid for The Frownlow Medal.

AFL player Daniel Rioli supports Shai Bolton‘s nomination for The Frownlow Medal and is ecstatic to receive his own after the teammates were involved in a fight at a night club recently.

The Richmond players were drawn into the fight when another man apparently acted inappropriately towards Rioli’s girlfriend. The altercation gave Bolton a fractured wrist, while Rioli was reportedly punched in the face and sustained a cut under his eye which required two stitches. Sources claim that Bolton stepped in to help Rioli with the unnamed patron.

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.

Bolton will subsequently miss two to three games as the Tigers attempt to defend their premiership and remain the most dominant AFL team in recent history.

A nightclub fight is a great way to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal, and is just one of the off-field scandals used by 2016 medallist Corey Norman during his troubled career. However, Rioli and Bolton will find it tough to win the medal this year after their coach and club failed to take any punitive action against the players, arguing that they were both sticking up for their mates and were provoked. They can at least look forward to award’s night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year where a drunken footballer is sure to hit on their girlfriends.

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