The Frownlow Medal announces the Matt Dufty Fun Run.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run is an exciting new charity event designed to raise money for footballers and their families who were fined after Paul Vaughan’s famous house party.

The 5km event is a joint venture between The Frownlow Medal, NSW Police, the NRL and the St George Illawarra Dragons, and will be held in the streets of Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast on Saturday, July 10.

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.

Dufty himself will headline the family-friendly event which takes runners through the same streets he used to escape police when they were called to the illegal party. NSW Police officers will also be on hand to chase runners and add another exciting element to the race.

“It’s tougher than Tough Mudder and more fun than a Colour Run,” said Dufty.

“You get to sprint through unclosed streets, between cars and past people stuck in their homes. Plus, you get chased by police so it’s a great way to run a PB. It was the quickest 5k I’ve ever run.”

Another unique aspect of the fun run is its starting time.

“The race starts about 9.30pm, because it’s easier to escape the cops in the dark – or at least I thought it would be. Any runner who gets caught by the cops gets disqualified, and the first runner to get to my house is the winner,” Dufty explained.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to meet their heroes and role models. Also participating in the race will be Jack de Belin, Jack Bird, Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Zac Lomax, Josh Kerr, Gerard Beale, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro and 2016 Frownlow Medallist Corey Norman.

“It’ll be a good hit-out for the boys, especially since we all have to miss one game through suspension,” Dufty said.

The mass suspension of players adds another surprise element to the event.

“We won’t give any prize money to the winners, because all the money has to go to the players and their families. But place getters in the open category will be offered short-term contracts to play with the Dragons so that we can actually field a team for the next few rounds,” explained a spokesperson for the Dragons.

The $1000 Entry fee to the charity event is tax deductible and will be donated to the 13 players at the party, some of whom have young families to support. Most of the proceeds will go to Vaughan, who lost his $800,000 contract and might never play first-grade football again. The remaining funds will be divided up among the other players according to how much they were fined.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. For entry details, contact the St George-Illawarra Dragons or the NRL.

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Paul Vaughan’s year gets even better.

NRL player Paul Vaughan has greatly increased his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal after losing his NRL contract and being accused of a sexting scandal.

Vaughan was initially nominated for hosting a house party which resulted in huge fines for him and 12 of his Dragons teammates, and his since been sacked for his third serious off-field incident.

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.

Media reports allege that Vaughan was involved in a sexting scandal in 2019. The accusations have not been proven, but sources believe they contributed to Vaughan’s sacking when combined with the latest incident and a COVID breach in 2020 at a local cafe.

Vaughan hosted the house party which resulted in a total of more than $300,000 fines for most of the Dragons first-grade team. He was fined $50,000 and suspended for 8 games, the worst punishment of any player. Club bosses then considered his 2020 COVID breach, and are said to have added these to the alleged sexting scandal.

Vaughan faces tough opposition for The Frownlow Medal this year. Jarryd Hayne is in prison for sexual assault, and a total of 49 footballers have so far been nominated, and its only July. That said, previous Frownlow medallists claimed the prize after being kicked out of the NRL. Ben Barba won in 2019 and Tim Simona in 2017 after repeated offences ruined their football careers.

Vaughan must now attempt to save his sporting career, which will be very difficult. At least he knows he has a very good chance of winning the most prestigious award in Australian sport, The Frownlow Medal. He might also earn the honour of hosting the awards night at his house in Shellharbour.

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Scott Morrison refuses to pay Dragons’ COVID fines.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to pay the fines of the St George-Illawarra NRL players who breached COVID-19 protocols, just days after he paid the fine of Cronulla player Josh Dugan.

Morrison paid Dugan’s $25,000 COVID breach fine from his own pocket after admitting that he and his government are responsible for the current lockdowns in Greater Sydney due to the failed national vaccine rollout. When offering to pay Dugan’s fine, he conceded that an effective national vaccine roll out would have prevented lockdowns throughout the nation and Australians would be free to go to a restaurant with their friends.

“Let me make this very clear,” Morrison told the media.

“I pretend to follow the mighty Sharks, and Josh is a Sharks player. I don’t pretend to follow the Dragons. Why would I? There’s no political gain in that. It’s very simple. I’m not paying their fines.”

Dragons fans and other members of the community asked Morrison to pay the players fines which totalled more than $300,000. 13 players were punished for attending a party at Paul Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour while the region was in the middle of a strict lockdown.

Insiders believe Morrison refused to pay the fines not just because they play for a rival team, but because he was angry that Paul did not invite him to the party.

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Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.

Paul Vaughan’s house party has created 11 new nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Vaughan’s Dragons teammates have been nominated after they breached NRL COVID protocols and could face huge fines and severe punishment.

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.

Matt Dufty, Zac Lomax, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Josh Maguire and Josh Kerr earn their first nominations, while Frownlow judges are already familiar with Jack Bird, Tyrell Fuimaono and Corey Norman. All of the players attended a party at Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour, NSW, after St George Illawarra narrowly beat the Warriors. Players are not supposed to have guests at their house, in line with Greater Sydney COVID restrictions, and the players breached restrictions imposed by the government and the NRL itself. The players were caught out when neighbour’s called police with a noise complaint.

Media reports have also revealed that seven of the players fled down the street when the police arrived to investigate. The impromptu sprint session has earned more condemnation from fans and commentators.

All of the players have reportedly been issued with a standard $1000 fine, but the NRL is considering its own punishment for an act that could cost the players substantial fines, isolation, suspensions, time away from training and possibly competition points for the Dragons, who currently sit at 7th on the ladder.

Norman is the 2016 Frownlow medallist and is a serial nominee. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and earlier in 2021, when he got involved in a street fight outside Northies in Cronulla. Norman runs a clothing brand with fellow nominee James Segeyaro. It is called You Know the Rules. It seems he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Vaughan was also nominated in 2020, for a COVID breach.

The coming days will reveal the extent of the punishment for the Dragons players and the club. At least the 12 partygoers have had a good warm up for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

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Paul Vaughan is ‘The Whale’.

NRL player Paul Vaughan will now be known as ‘The Whale’.

Why?

Because he’s always breaching.

What’s more, his Shellharbour neighbours now have another whale to spot along the Illawarra coastline.

Ok, yes, it’s a Dad joke, but hey, it’s lockdown, everyone’s going a bit crazy and it’s still not as bad as hosting a house party with your teammates in the middle of a pandemic which could shut down the NRL. The party has earned Vaughan his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could result in severe punishment for his St George-Illawarra teammates and possibly the club.

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 house party was apparently attended by as many as 15 Dragons players and was thrown after players and staff were all given very strict instructions about socialising and personal movement outside of training and competition. Authorities found out about the party after neighbours apparently filed a noise complaint. News outlets are suggesting that the breach could force the NRL competition to stop, or at least destroy the Dragons’ season.

Vaughan earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2020, for a COVID breach. On that occasion, he signed into a cafe under a false name and was fined $10,000.

The prop will soon find out his punishment for this latest blunder, and whether the Dragons will be able to field a team when they play their next game in a fortnight. Meanwhile, he has offered his Shellharbour home as the venue for the Frownlow awards night later this year.

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Dragons star signs in as Paul Vautin at local cafe.

The Frownlow Medal can reveal that NRL player Paul Vaughan signed in under the name Paul Vautin at a cafe in the Illawarra and subsequently earned himself a nomination for the prestigious cross-code award. Vaughan’s alleged attempt to conceal his identity, and his visit to the cafe, are breaches of the NRL’s strict COVID-19 restrictions which players and team staff must obey in order for the competition to continue.

The NSW and Australian representative has not shared the name he allegedly used at the cafe, but The Frownlow Medal can reveal that it was the name of the retired Manly and Roosters player Vautin.

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.

Sources close to Vaughan explained the decision.

“Well, he says everyone calls him Paul Vautin anyway because their names sound so similar, and because Vautin is on the TV all the time. Plus, Fatty is not exactly known as being a genius so this is the kind of crazy thing he would do, and nobody would question it.”

No one has ever accused rugby league players of being intellectual heavyweights, and Vaughan’s actions support this theory. He chose to visit a cafe in the Illawarra, despite playing for a team based in the Illawarra, which has a very strong interest and tradition in rugby league. Yet he obviously thought he would go unnoticed.

Furthermore, Vaughan used the name of a proud Queenslander who lives in Queensland. Like most Queenslanders, he only leaves the sunshine state for a very good reason, and grabbing a coffee in the Illawarra is not one of them.

At least he didn’t sign in as Jack De Belin.

When a footballer gets in trouble for having a coffee at a cafe, you know we’re living in crazy times.

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