New threat forces changes to NRL Dally M awards.

A looming threat forced the NRL to make unpopular changes to the Dally M awards night in 2021 – and it wasn’t the AFL. The NRL altered the traditional format of its awards presentation in response to the growing popularity of The Frownlow Medal 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 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.

Rugby League fans slammed the new format which saw the awards stretched over two separate nights a week apart. The first instalment returned poor television ratings and attracted widespread criticism across social media. Experts suspected the downfall could be blamed on the timing of the AFL Brownlow Medal ceremony, but realised that it was the Frownlow award which was stealing the thunder.

“Every player wants to go to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal,” revealed NRL boss Andrew Abdo.

“It is a huge night of massive partying with no rules or restrictions with players from across NRL, AFL, Super Rugby and the A-League. Players get unlimited drugs, booze, women, music, sports gambling and no pesky journalists. No player can resist this, and it’s no wonder that party is more popular than the Dally Ms.”

Players have been displaying less interest in the Dally M night since the Frownlow Medal was introduced in 2015. In response, the NRL decided to experiment with a new format in order to win back players and fans.

“The Dally M used to be the most prestigious award in the NRL, but now it’s the Frownlow,” conceded Abdo.

“Just look at the number of NRL players who get nominated every year, and the fact that every medallist, except for 2020, has been an NRL player.”

The awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame will be held later this year. The potential venues include Northies, Jarryd Hayne’s Hillsong Church, Paul Vaughan’s house or the restaurant in which Adam Elliott and Millie Boyle enjoyed their toilet tryst.

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Corey Harawira-Naera to teach schoolgirls about the dangers of drink driving.

NRL player Corey Harawira-Naera has been recruited to teach schoolgirls about road safety due to his intimate knowledge of road rules and schoolgirls. Harawira-Naera will present a series of one-on-one and small group tutorials to senior secondary girls throughout the country after he was recently caught drink driving.

Harawira-Naera returned a high-range alcohol reading when pulled over by police on Christmas Eve 2020, and earns his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal in as many years. The Kiwi international scored his first nomination when he was caught having sex with a schoolgirl in Port Macquarie while on a training camp with the Canterbury Bulldogs. He was initially kicked out of the NRL but was allowed to return when it was discovered that the girl’s grades had drastically improved.

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 front-rower will participate in a self-drive tour of the country visiting designated girls secondary schools. It will be sponsored by a conglomerate of Australian breweries and will be heavily promoted through social media, because that is how Corey prefers to communicate with young women. The Raiders enforcer is said to be very excited about the lecture tour, and his prospects in 2021.

Harawira-Naera signed a contract with the Canberra Raiders for the second half of the 2020 season and apparently vowed to give up alcohol and put his scandalous past behind him. That promise didn’t last long.

“I was pretty devo about not winning the Frownlow last year because, you know, I got with a school girl and that’s a pretty bad look for the sport – but I still didn’t win,” he explained.

“I knew I was never gonna win the Frownlow if I stayed off the grog, so I got the boys together and got hammered, and because it was Christmas Eve I was pretty sure I’d be pulled over. Now I’ve started 2021 with a bang – got myself a nomination so it’s all cool – I’ll see what else I can do this year, it’s only February bro.”

The road safety tour will begin in Canberra in the middle of February, and is open to any schoolgirl over the age of consent.

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Corey Harawira-Naera offers special coaching clinic to teenage girl.

NRL player Corey Harawira-Naera has earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal after offering after hours football classes to a school girl.

The Canterbury forward offered his expertise out of the goodness of his heart and conducted the class at the team hotel in Port Macquarie, during a Bulldogs promotional visit to the region.

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.

Harawira-Naera, and fellow ‘tutor’ Jayden Okunbor, have been suspended by the Bulldogs after it was decided that their special coaching clinic with 17-year-old girls was not in line with the standards of the ‘family club’.

The two players have not been accused of doing anything illegal, as all of the women involved in the scandal were over the age of consent and participated willingly, but the scandal has cost the club its major sponsor for the 2020 season.

Just days before the first game of the NRL season, in which the Bulldogs play the Eels, captain Josh Jackson had to attend an official photo session without a sponsor on the front of the club’s jersey.

Following this scandal, it seems Harawira-Naera’s post-football coaching career may not eventuate, while even his immediate future in the NRL is uncertain.

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