Extreme Gardening with Rex Hunt.

Former AFL player Rex Hunt orchestrated a masterful publicity stunt to announce his return to the big screen as host of Extreme Gardening.

Hunt was recently caught on camera appearing to wield a garden fork during a road rage incident in Victoria, and has earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame as well as valuable publicity for the new series.

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.

Hunt was reportedly involved in a minor road accident in suburban Melbourne which forced both drivers out of their cars. Reports indicate that the other male driver threw a punch. Hunt then channeled his experience as an AFL commentator and host of Rex Hunt’s Fishing Adventure to earn valuable publicity for Extreme Gardening. The former full-forward walked back to his car and retrieved a garden fork, with which witnesses alleged he lunged at the other driver. He was then heard yelling:

“You wanna die? You wanna die? Do you want to die?”

But that’s not all.

Hunt appeared to walk several laps of the block to cool down, but was actually employing his TV smarts to provoke the other driver into chasing him on foot and drawing out the conflict, the same way a TV writer will draw out a successful series for as many episodes as possible.

The other man obliged, and is said to have “run after Rex in an aggressive manner” and then was seen “throwing punches at trees”, according to a Channel Nine reporter. It’s not clear whether Hunt anticipated or orchestrated the shadow boxing, but it certainly made for great vision for the mainstream media which lapped up the story and gave Hunt the publicity he so desperately craves.

Hunt’s wife eventually succeeded in calling him back to his car and no official police report was made as it later became clear that the incident was a carefully-planned publicity stunt.

“It’s gonna be massive folks,” declared Hunt at the official launch of Extreme Gardening held just after the road rage incident.

“This is Extreme Gardening. Not your namby-pamby, woke, pinko, bolshie, luvy-duvvy organic gardening shows with wogs and permacultural pretty boys. This is real gardening for real men. And don’t expect to see any women on the show, they should never be allowed as far as the garden, let alone in an AFL commentary booth.”

Extreme Gardening will be full of action and men being men, just like the good old days. You thought today was crazy, wait till the show comes to 7Mate later this year.”

Hunt was then asked to confirm whether he actually said:

“You wanna die? You wanna die? Do you want to die?”

He replied:

“You bloody bet I did mate. That’s what I used to say to the little fishies before I cast my line on my fishing show, and I’ll say it a lot on Extreme Gardening, wait and see.”

As well as priceless publicity, the stunt earned Hunt a nomination for The Fronwnlow Medal after years of trying.

The former St Kilda, Geelong and Richmond player made his first attempt in 2004. He was forced to remove his pants and shoes after setting off a metal detector at an airport, so he stole ten metal forks from the Qantas club and took them onto a Qantas flight to highlight flaws in airport security. He was detained upon arrival in Melbourne for questioning and released without charges.

His second attempt involved good ol’ casual racism, a Frownlow staple. While commentating in 2005, he called Indigenous AFL player Leon Davis ‘as black as a dog’ and was later forced to apologise. After a racist slur, he resorted to another Fronwlow staple, a drunken fight. He and his son were involved in a drunken scuffle with teenagers in Byron Bay in 2005.

Hunt’s third attempt involved infidelity and hypocrisy. In 2006 he finally confessed to cheating on his wife with different women, who he apparently paid during the fifteen year period. The cheating apparently cost him up to $1000 a week with one woman, and forced him to admit he had been hypocritical after attacking other famous people for infidelity.

Speaking about the cheating on radio, he said:

“That’s what a fool does. I’m invincible, I’m paying money…uh…The girl’s happy, she’s got no money, I got my rocks off. How good is this?”

Finally, Hunt sought more attention in 2022 when claiming that women should not be AFL commentators.

Fans of reality TV can expect more of these harmless high jinks when Extreme Gardening premieres on 7Mate later this year.

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Ben Cousins drags Polo and McGuane into the spotlight.

Ben Cousins is a legend of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame and his reputation has drawn two former AFL players into contention for Australia’s most prestigious inter-code award. Dean Polo and Luke McGuane earned their nomination after they became involved in a drunken incident in which Cousins punched teammate Daniel Connors outside a Sydney hotel in 2010.

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. Former NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and 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.

Polo and McGuane received a one-week suspension from Richmond for their part in the incident but of more importance is their nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which could see their names listed alongside some of the true greats of Australian football.

For the full list of current nominees for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, go to www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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Sneak peak at Ben Cousins’ new TV role.

Controversial AFL player Ben Cousins will soon appear on TV to provide a weekly update on the contenders for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2022.

Cousins will use his guest role on Channel 7 Perth to reveal the details of the latest scandals which have earned footballers nominations for Frownlow honours, and to recount the incidents which place him among the Frownlow immortals.

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 Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

The West Coast Eagles legend will assess the behaviour of players who could join him in The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame this year, including Darius Boyd, Andrew Lovett and Nathan Daly, as well as Brett Finch, Curtis Scott, Blake Ferguson and Sam Burgess.

He will also run his expert eye over the contenders for The Frownlow Medal, such as Anthony Milford, Tui Kamikamica, Rhys Nicholls, Zane Musgrove, Tristan Sailor and Manase Fainu.

Cousins is virtually a permanent nominee for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame because he manages to involve himself in self-inflicted controversies every year. He has been in and out of prison and in and out of rehab for substance abuse, and was once accused of breaching a violence restraining order taken out by his former partner.

As recently as April 2021, he was caught and fined $1500 for possession of methamphetamine. This is why his segment will also include advice to young Aussies on how to earn a nomination for Australia’s greatest sporting prize.

Cousins will also provide updates on which disgraced footballer is appearing on which upcoming reality TV show, and will recount the scandal which landed them in trouble.

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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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Sydney Stack nominated for The Frownlow Medal again…and again.

AFL player Sydney Stack has become the second player in history to earn three nominations for The Frownlow Medal in the same year, after being arrested for breaching quarantine and disorderly conduct, plus a controversial social media post.

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.

Stack was arrested during a brawl outside a pub in Perth recently, and spent time in a police cell over the Christmas holidays. While processing the arrest, police also realised that Stack was supposed to be in self-isolation and not out partying. To strengthen his bid for The Frownlow Medal, Stack also posted an image wearing a ring reading ‘1%er’, which is apparently associated with bikie gangs.

He is a 1%er, as only fellow AFL player Tyson Stengle has also earned three Frownlow nominations in the same year.

The Richmond rookie scored his first Frownlow nomination earlier this year when he was banned for 10 games, after he and teammate Callum Coleman-Jones were involved in a fight outside a Surfers Paradise strip club.

Will Stack become the first AFL player to win The Frownlow Medal?

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Why Buddy and Dusty met with Eddie Hayson.

AFL players Dustin Martin and Lance Buddy Franklin have revealed that they met with notorious Sydney identity Eddie Hayson because they were desperate to earn nominations for The Frownlow Medal.

The sporting champions were spotted at a restaurant with the infamous Hayson and the media went into a frenzy attempting to explain the meeting. The players finally revealed that they were making a last ditch effort to secure nominations for the most prestigious prize in Australian sport.

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.

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.

The AFL legends were seen with the notorious gambling figure and former brothel owner who has been the subject of police inquiries in the past and was suspected of using inside information provided by NRL players to gamble on matches.

Franklin and Martin have both been nominated for Frownlow honours in the past, and were keen to remind the rookies that they’re still a threat on and off the feild.

Franklin actually achieves the rare honour of being nominated for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, in the same year. He earned his hall of fame nomination for reportedly verbally abusing and physically intimidating a woman at a bar in Melbourne and for defending his actions on Twitter. He then got drunk and embarrassed himself at the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne in 2013, and crashed into a row of parked cars in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Rose Bay in 2014.

Dusty, meanwhile, has an even more colourful record. The Richmond legend was nominated for The Frownlow Medal in 2016 for threatening to stab a woman in the eye with chopsticks, making a handcuff gesture to fans, giving the two finger salute to fans, missing training after mixing prescription drugs with alcohol, and for driving while suspended.

The Frownlow Medal would cap off a great season for Martin, who won the premiership with Richmond and the Norm Smith medal, and it would redeem a disappointing year for Franklin who struggled with injury and watched his Sydney Swans finish near the bottom of the ladder.

The sporting heroes will find out in a matter of weeks if they’ve done enough to win the greatest prize in Australian sport. They’ve been assured they can invite Hayson to the award’s night, because attendees will be in need of some company.

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Are Richmond players obsessed with other people’s private parts?

Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones confirmed suspicions that Richmond Tigers players have an unhealthy obsession with other people’s private parts when they were arrested outside a strip club.

Stack and Coleman-Jones have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being arrested for allegedly fighting outside Hollywood Showgirls strip club on the Gold Coast, just days after some of their teammates were caught touching each other’s nether regions during a post-match celebration.

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.

The Tigers were reportedly kicked out of the club and are alleged to have become involved in a wild street brawl at 3.30am, right across the road from a police station. Reports also indicate that both players suffered facial injuries.

The duo are likely to face tough criticism from the Australian public and even their own fans, as residents of Tigerland are living through the strictest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the country. The visit to the club is a breach of the AFL bio-security protocols.

In their defence, the players claimed they were on official AFL business when the incident occured.

“We were researching performers for the Grand Final,” said Coleman-Jones.

“Yeah,” confirmed Stack “the AFL bosses told us to go and find some talent for the half-time show, and because the grand final is going to be in Brisbane this year, we thought we should look local. Stripping is great family-friendly entertainment and they’re from Hollywood so they should be great at entertaining people.”

“That’s right,” affirmed Coleman-Jones, “I was really entertained”

Reports also suggest that the scuffle damaged the kebabs that the players had ordered from the kebab shop outside the strip club, and that when the fight was over, the players ordered more kebabs.

“It’s important for elite athletes to keep up their nutrition,” Stack said.

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Justin Murphy nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Justin Murphy has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after prolonged physical abuse of his ex-girlfriend saw him serve two jail sentences and revealed a deep drug addiction.

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.

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.

Murphy was first sentenced to prison for six months in 2017, after it was discovered that he had abused his then girlfriend both physically and financially. In one of the more severe incidents, Murphy held the woman down and attacked her with a blowtorch. Her injuries were so severe that she was forced to have a finger amputated. He then returned to the woman’s house a year later, got naked and ignited the same blow torhc, threatening to burn his ex and her house.

The former Geelong, Carlton, Essendon and Richmond player also managed to withdraw money from her bank account without her permission, and she was forced to move house on numerous occasions so that Murphy would not find her, even after he was released from his first stint behind bars. He then served another 59-day sentence for what was described as a sustained campaign of terror against his ex-partner.

Murphy was also required to complete community service and drug rehabilitation programs, as his legal team claimed the violence was connected to a strong addiction to ice and GHB.

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Richmond players make a grab at The Frownlow Medal.

“I’ll get inside you and take you to Tigerland,” promised one Richmond player to another, and the experience was deemed so pleasurable that it was repeated many times. In the locker room, singing the team song while celebrating a victory, and in full view of the cameras, Jayden Short, Nick Vlastuin and Jack Riewoldt touched their teammates in very private places and thus earned themselves a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Short, Vlastuin and Riewoldt were caught on camera touching teammates’ genitals and attempting to put their hands in places that a footballer’s fingers have not been since Frownlow Hall of Fame inductee John Hopoate put his where the sun don’t shine during a rugby league game. Reports also emerged that St Kilda player Dan Butler is fond of a fondle after the game, and may have picked up the habit while playing at Richmond.

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.

The nominations are some of the most bizarre in Frownlow history, and the ‘hand balls’ sparked a divisive debate across social media. Some fans believe its just harmless fun between teammates and part of professional sport, while others claim the habit is disgraceful, disgusting, a bad example by role models, and even constitutes sexual assault.

The players have also failed to explain their fascination with Mabior Chol, who was on the receiving end of their touching on numerous occasions. Fans are also asking what the Richmond players would have done if they’d lost the games.

The incident became even more controversial when Richmond staff shut down questions about the grabbing during a post-match press conference. The AFL, meanwhile, issued an official statement labelling the actions “…inappropriate, unacceptable and juvenile.”

All four players have been invited to attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, and fellow nominees are being warned not to turn their backs.

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Two Bloody Idiots Nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL players Royce Vardy and Jay Schulz have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with drink driving. The two separate incidents are all the more severe due to the fact that the Transport Accident Commission was the major sponsor of their Richmond club when both players were charged.

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.

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.

Vardy committed his offence in 2001 and Schulz decided to surpass his colleague. In 2005, Schulz was found guilty of drink driving and speeding at a time when the slogan warning all Australians to obey the road rules was,

“If you drink and drive, you’re a bloody idiot.”

Schulz had his licence suspended for six months and was fined $5000. He also copped a swipe from Richmond managers, who told the press,

“…he’s been in the system three years, so the amount of education he’s had on this has been extensive.”

The former Tigers remain circumspect of their chances of induction. A driving offence while playing for a team sponsored by a government department promoting road safety was not enough to earn Geelong’s Joel Selwood a place in the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Schulz has a greater chance than Vardy, having been involved in a highly publicised training stoush with teammate Jackson Trengove in 2011.

If Schulz and Vardy do snag an invite to the awards ceremony, one imagines they will be catching the bus.

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