Siosifa Talakai gets close to a blue jersey.

NRL player Siosifa Talakai was very close to a blue jersey a few weeks ago when police charged him with a driving offence and prompted his nomination for The Fronwlow 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.

On the eve of Origin selections, Talakai was caught driving on an expired licence in southern Sydney and was ordered to face court to defend the charge. The Cronulla Sharks centre then compounded the matter when he did not attend court and was issued with an arrest warrant.

Apparently, the Sharks didn’t know about the incident until informed by a news outlet, but later said that his no show was due to an ‘oversight’. The barnstorming centre was originally left out of the team to face the Warriors as a result of the matter, but was reinstated to the team and given permission to play.

Judges of The Fronwlow Medal hope Talakai accepts the invitation to attend the awards night for the medal and the hall of fame later this year, and stress that they will be very offended if he does not show up.

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State of Origin game 1 will finish 7-7.

Log onto your betting apps folks because The Fronwlow Medal can reveal that the first game of the 2022 State of Origin series will finish 7-7. This year’s series is expected to be the tightest in recent years, although one factor could tip the result in the favour of the Blues.

New South Wales and Queensland will both field teams containing seven Frownlow nominees, including both captains.

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.

James Tedesco leads the New South Wales nominees. He got into a scuffle with a teammate in the Italy squad way back in 2017. Joining Teddy are Kotoni Staggs, Jack Wighton, Nathan Cleary, Payne Haas, Junior Paulo and Stephen Crichton.

Meanwhile, DCE leads the nominees for the Maroons, also for fighting with a teammate. He once had a tiff with former Manly teammate Jackson Hastings, at a strip club. He will lead a team containing fellow nominees Kalyn Ponga, Selwyn Cobbo, Valentine Holmes, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt and Josh Papali’i.

What could tip the opener?

The coaches.

New Queensland boss Billy Slater has never been nominated for Frownlow honours, whereas Brad Fittler was nominated for the hall of fame in 2018 after once being declared ‘The Drunkest Human Being Ever’. This title was given to him by police after he was found asleep on the steps of a police station as a young man.

Maybe Tedesco will make the difference. He was also nominated in 2021 for the infamous Squid Games joke.

It’s going to be a close one.

Who’s your money on?

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Huge honour for youngster Selwyn Cobbo.

NRL rookie Selwyn Cobbo is the youngest player ever to be nominated for The Fronwlow Medal at just 19 years of age, after being charged with multiple driving offences.

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.

Cobbo was recently charged with driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle while on a suspended licence. He was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.

His club, the Brisbane Broncos, also came under fire for failing to admit to the offence. Instead, they told the media that Cobbo missed a training session for personal reasons, when in fact he was in court answering to the charges.

Cobbo narrowly edged out Bronson Xerri as the youngest Frownlow nominee. Xerri also played NRL before testing positive to performance enhancing drugs, and was just a few months older than Cobbo when he entered the Frownlow family.

While Cobbo won’t be able to drive to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year, he is over 18 and allowed to partake in any of the activities offered at the wildest party of the year.

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Do professional footballers go to school?

One would be forgiven for thinking that professional footballers in Australia have never been to school, because apparently they are not prepared for life after football.

Almost every time a player is caught in a scandal and nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, someone blames the player’s actions on the lack of preparation for life in the real world. Surely that is the purpose of school, to prepare children for life in the real world.

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.

So, if professional footballers have been to school, even if they finish school aged 16 or 17, why are so many of them not prepared for life after sport?

Blame the schools.

That’s not fair, because most of the footballers’ classmates avoid scandals once they enter the real world.

Blame the teachers.

Many people will, and they’re not just footballers. Australian society loves blaming teachers for all of the ills and failures of its youth, but teachers are not to blame.

Blame the players.

Perhaps the footballers themselves are to blame for their inability to cope with life after football. Many school teachers will be familiar with the following scenarios:

Young footballers don’t listen to their teachers.

They don’t study.

They don’t do their classwork.

They don’t do their homework.

They disrupt classes.

They distract their classmates.

They disobey teachers.

They swear at teachers.

Teenage football stars say they don’t have to work hard at school because they are guaranteed a career in professional football. So they don’t work at school. The future footy stars are already earning more than their teachers because they are contracted to a club’s development team and believe they don’t have to study.

Teenage football heroes are notorious for their poor attitude at school, so much so that footy legends joke about their school boy antics during commentary. England international and former NRL player James Graham recently joked about skipping school to watch State of Origin as a child in England. Perhaps the attitude and actions of teenage footballers during their school years explains why they are not prepared for life after sport.

Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister was possibly the Usain Bolt of his generation. When he broke the four minute mile he was elevated to hero status for achieving the most sought-after feat of that era. At the time, the four minute mile was equivalent to the 10-second barrier for the 100m, the 2-hour barrier for the marathon or the 6-metre barrier for Pole Vault. Bannister was a global superstar, and even though he competed before the creation of the internet, professionalism, sponsorship and social media, he was surrounded by the fame of his achievement.

What did Bannister do after retiring from Athletics?

Did he get caught drink driving, assaulting someone, abusing alcohol, selling drugs or harassing women?

No, he returned to university to complete his medical degree.

Perhaps the ‘role models’ of today could use Bannister as their own ‘role model’. They don’t have to complete a medical degree, but they could follow his lead and devote themselves to something constructive which sets them up for life, instead of blaming their club or their sport for their scandalous behaviour.

Setting themselves up for life begins at school.

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James Tedesco launches $Quid Games.

NRL player James Tedesco has called out professional footballers during the launch of his new reality TV show $Quid Games, which will feature Frownlow nominees whose scandals have cost them at least $10,000.

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.

Tedesco was inspired to create the show after his own recent controversy involving accusations of racial vilification and reference to the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game. The NSW captain was accused of calling out the name of the show at a woman of Asian descent after a night of heavy drinking with teammates. The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine and charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Squid Game is based on a fictional reality TV show which is similar to the shows on which many footballers appear after an off-field scandal destroys their public image. For this reason, Tedesco was motivated to provide yet another opportunity his colleagues to rescue their personal brand.

“It’s like ‘quid’ you know, like the word for money,” he explained during the launch.

“It’s called quid, with a dollar sign, because any player who wants to go on the show has to have committed a scandal for which they were fined at least $10,000, and have at least one nomination for The Frownlow Medal. So, like, it has to be pretty serious, more than just public urination or getting caught with ecstasy.”

The Sydney Roosters star went on to explain that players who have not been fined a minimum of $10,000 could still join other Frownlow nominees in a quinella, trifecta, quadie or ‘$Quid Game Multi’ and combine their fines for a chance to be included in the show.

Once selected, players will be supplied with copious amounts of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, sports gambling accounts, smart phones, internet, toilet cubicles, social media accounts, motor vehicles and access to the opposite sex, and be prompted to commit as many disgraceful acts as possible each episode. Fans will then vote for the role model who has committed the greatest scandal, and that player will be crowned the winner.

What does the winner receive?

The most prestigious prize in Australian sport: The Frownlow Medal.

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Arrow vs Koroisau is the key Grand Final showdown.

Jai Arrow will face off against Api Koroisau in the battle of the Frownlow nominees in the 2021 NRL Grand Final. Arrow and Koroisau are the only players in the decider to have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal this year and both earned their nominations for similar incidents.

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.

Koroisau and Arrow will clash in the middle of the field and it will be epic. They are fighting for a premiership and for bragging rights, having both been nominated for sneaking women into their rooms during this year’s State of Origin series. Penrith hooker Koroisau has the upper hand, because he brought his ‘companion’ into the Origin bubble twice, and because he is married. Rabbitohs forward Arrow, meanwhile, is not married and claimed the woman he met with was just a ‘dancer’, and that nothing scandalous happened.

Both players were punished for breaching COVID-19 biosecurity protocols, and for potentially shutting down the entire NRL competition, which was relocated to Queensland to escape the COVID lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

Who will win the battle between Arrow and Koroisau?

Who will win the NRL Grand Final?

Who will win The Frownlow Medal?

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Reece Walsh still in the running for a second major award.

Young NRL star Reece Walsh could add The Frownlow Medal to his rookie award this year after he was arrested for cocaine possession late one night at Surfer’s Paradise.

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.

Moments after winning the RLPA Rookie of the Year award, Walsh was arrested at the popular nightclub strip for disobeying a move-on order, and recently confessed to being in possession of cocaine at the time.

The freakishly-talented player was the hot favourite to also win the Dally M Rookie of the Year award, but was ruled out. Not because of the recent drug bust, but because he was suspended for on-field indiscretions twice in the season.

Reece took the NRL by storm this year and at just 18 was selected for Queensland in State of Origin, but missed the game through injury. He impressed so many people when he switched to the Warriors mid-season that Kiwi legend Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moved to the wing to allow Walsh to play fullback.

He has now moved himself firmly into the senior ranks by getting nominated for the most prestigious award in Australian sport, The Frownlow Medal. He also repeated the ultimate footballer’s cliche when he said in media interviews earlier this year that he will “look to personally set a positive example for the next generation” and that he wants to make his baby daughter proud of him.

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Ethan Lowe to return to the NRL.

Former NRL player Ethan Lowe is set to return to TV screens during sports matches as the face of a sports betting company. Lowe is currently in negotiations with various companies who have not forgotten his role in a betting scandal involving NRL games.

Lowe was one of five players stood down for two matches in 2017 for gambling on games involving their clubs but which they did not play, and this has earned him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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.

The former Queensland Origin player joins a host of former footballers who endorse one of the millions of gambling companies which swamp sports telecasts with their advertisements. Lowe was not able to land a gig as a commentator on TV or radio when he hung up the boots, so he chose the only other post-football career path and made himself available to a gambling company.

Betting companies are apparently interested in using him as an ambassador because he proved that he would do anything to place a bet, even gambling on games involving his own team, and even threatening his own career by breaching NRL betting rules.

“That’s commitment to the punt,” one company remarked.

“We want all of our clients and potential clients to have that same commitment. Forget about your bills, forget about your partners, forget about your kids and forget about your savings, just get on the punt. Bet on NRL, AFL, any footy code, any sport, just get on it. Bet on your phone, on your computer. Do it at home, at work, at the game, anywhere, anytime – but always remember to gamble responsibly.”

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Api Koroisau wins Husband of the Year.

NRL player Api Koroisau has added the Husband of the Year title to his State of Origin win and his nomination for The Frownlow Medal after being caught sneaking a woman into the NSW camp.

The devoted husband has been fined $35,000 and suspended for two games after breaching COVID-19 protocols to sneak a random woman into the NSW camp during the State of Origin series on two occasions. NSW beat Queensland 2 -1, and Koriosau beat Jai Arrow 2-1.

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.

Koroisau apparently met the woman via instagram and had been in contact with her during June. He then snuck her into the NSW Blues camp twice and breached biosecurity protocols. He thus cheated on his wife and created a scandal that could still shut down the entire NRL, which has been relocated to Queensland to escape the COVID lockdowns in other parts of Australia.

“I love my wife with all my heart and soul,” Koroisau said after being informed of his win.

“I’m so proud to win Husband of the Year and to be such a great role model to all young men in Australia.”

“I couldn’t stand being without Amy for so long in the Origin bubble so I invited another woman into the hotel tp replace her. I mean, one woman is the same as any other when it all comes down to it doesn’t it! Plus. they’ve got the same coloured hair so it’s basically the same person.”

Koroisua is highly skilled in the art of trespassing. He earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2018 after he was caught illegally entering a property in Bondi.

News reports also indicated that the instagram woman actually contacted Koroisau’s wife after the rendezvous. It is believed she asked Amy how Api takes his eggs.

The Panthers hooker and Fiji international also told the media that he is “…determined to become a better partner, father and protector…” But how can he get any better than Husband of the Year, Frownlow nominee and Origin winner?

By winning Father of the Year?

By winning The Frownlow Medal?

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The real reason Jai Arrow was kicked out of Origin III.

EXCLUSIVE: Sources from within the Queensland State of Origin camp have revealed that Jai Arrow was kicked out of the team for enjoying the company of a woman without his teammates.

Media networks had previously reported that Arrow was dumped from the Queensland team simply for inviting an unknown woman into the team hotel and breaching strict COVID-19 biosecurity protocols. An anonymous source from within the Maroons camp, however, has recently conceded that the reasons ran deeper than this.

“Jai spent time with a woman without his teammates,” the source said.

“That’s just not done in rugby league. It’s not normal.”

“Jai should know that you do everything as a team, you do anything for your mates, so when you smuggle a woman into your room through a fence, you invite your teammates to your room as well.”

“So many stories and so many nominations for The Frownlow Medal have shown us that professional footballers, especially NRL players, have to be with one or more of their teammates or friends when they spend quality time with a woman.”

“Look at all of those players who’ve gone down in folklore for group parties. You’ve got your Matthew Johns’, your Jack de Belins’, your Bodene Thompsons…Jai should know he’s part of this history now.”

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