Half-price drinks at Northies.

Northies in Cronulla is offering half-price drinks to any footballer who has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The move recognises the enormous contribution the club has made to the medal, and the enormous contribution nominees have made to the club’s bank balance.

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.

“Northies has a long and proud connection to The Frownlow Medal,” announced the club. “For that reason, we are proud to offer half-price drinks to any footballer who has been nominated for Frownlow honours, especially considering that many of those incidents happened right here.”

“Northies has hosted many scandals which have led to Frownlow glory. 2016 winner Corey Norman got a follow up nomination here just a few weeks ago, alongside his buddy James Segeyaro. Ben Barba won the medal in 2019 and it was here that he got caught with cocaine after the great Sharkies victory in 2016, and got kicked out of the NRL for the first time.”

“Of course, who will ever forget the images of Todd Carney urinating into his own mouth – right here in this very club”

The bar was also referenced by current Sharks player Toby Rudolf during the post-match interview which landed him in trouble, and Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson got themselves into hot water on a night out that began at Northies.

“We are unable to confirm or deny if Toby has pulled here,” the spokesperson stressed.

The popular venue also made history recently.

“We even hosted the first Frownlow nomination for a woman when Nita Maynard took on some of our security guards. We respect diversity so we are very proud to be the site of such a milestone for women.”

The move is also seen as an attempt by the club to earn the right to host the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame at the end of this year. The party of the year has previously been held at venues such as The Star casino in Sydney or Hillsong Church, but the Cronulla watering hole is adamant it can host the function successfully.

“The number of Frownlow nominations that have been earned here proves that this is a place where footballers can let loose and have fun.”

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It happened…

A woman has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal. NRLW player Nita Maynard becomes the first woman to receive the honour since the award’s inception in 2015, after she was involved in an incident at a pub in Sydney.

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 former NSW and New Zealand representative was charged after allegedly assaulting two security guards at Northies in Cronulla, the site which earned nominations for so many players in the past, including 2019 winner Ben Barba and 2016 medallist Corey Norman. Maynard was arrested, and media reports indicate she had to be restrained after becoming aggressive and assaulting the guards.

The Sydney Roosters hooker was taken to Sutherland police station and charged with two counts of common assault and failing to leave premises when required. Interestingly, two hookers from the Roosters men’s team, Victor Radley and Jake Friend, are also Frownlow nominees, so perhaps it has rubbed off on Maynard. That said, the Roosters and the NRL have conveniently palmed off the scandal to the North Sydney Bears, the Roosters’ feeder club, where Maynard currently plays. You’d think the Rooster’s would be proud to claim such a history-making achievement.

Rumours have also surfaced that Maynard has been asked to join the men’s team when her expected suspension ends. The Roosters have suffered many injuries to key players already this season, and they know Maynard would fit in during team bonding sessions.

The nomination of a woman is unprecedented, and has left many questions unanswered:

Does she compete against men for the award?

Yes. The Frownlow Medal does not discriminate. The Frownlow Medal has always judged players on their actions and not their gender, race, colour, religion, sexuality or nationality. Players need only represent an Australia – based team from one of the four major codes in order to qualify. Woman have always been eligible, they just hadn’t been nominated.

Is this a new era of gender equality?

Perhaps.

Can she attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

Yes, but would she want to? She’d be the only woman there.

Why did she do it?

Who knows. Apparently she’d had a few drinks, and alcohol has caused most of the nominations for The Frownlow Medal. Then again, it happened in The Shire, so maybe she mistook the security guard for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and did what many Australian women would love to do – take a swing!

Will she win?

She’s a chance. As they say in sport, you’ve got to be in it to win it. She faces tough opposition, though, from players nominated for stabbing, assault and rape.

Either way, Maynard will now be remembered as the first woman in history to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Will she be the last?

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