Deni Varnhagen is welcome here.

AFLW player Deni Varnhagen can attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year, whether she is vaccinated or not. Varnhagen received her nomination after her anti-vax stance saw the Adelaide Crows put her on the inactive list.

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.

Varnhagen becomes only the third woman ever to be nominated for Fronwlow honours, and it is her staunch anti-vaccination stance which has earned her that great honour. She is refusing to be vaccinated, despite the AFL rule that all players and football staff must receive their first vaccination by November 19, and must be fully vaccinated by December 17.

But that doesn’t matter at the Frownlow night of nights. Disgraced players from the four codes gather for a night of drunken debauchery, rampant drug use, unrestricted racism, sexism, homophobia, drink driving, brawling and bromance. No rules, no restrictions, no consequences. It is a hedonistic celebration of everything the players did to earn their invitation.

Varnhagen is also defying the rules of her second employer. She is a registered nurse and Hospital workers in South Australia are now also required to be vaccinated according to the latest health order.

She is determined to be free of a vaccination. She also seems to be determined to be free of an income.

Varnhagen hasn’t lost her contract with the Crows – yet. She has been delisted and told by the club that she can play for them again, and be fully paid, if she agrees to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Varnhagen can start planning her attack on the Frownlow awards night, alongside fellow female nominees Nita Maynard and Millie Boyle.

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Anthony Mundine has finally done it.

Former NRL player Anthony Mundine has finally been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after breaching COVID regulations numerous times.

Mundine is one of the most divisive footballers in Australia and he earned his nomination for allegedly refusing to wear a mask and sign into a store, and for travelling out of Metropolitan Sydney without a reasonable excuse.

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 outspoken footballer has also made the news recently for posting messages on social media about the pandemic and vaccination. Most of the messages contain what experts regard as misinformation.

Mundine created controversy on a regular basis during his rugby league and boxing career, but has only now attracted the attention of Frownlow judges. For a player who created so much controversy and media headlines during his career, his Frownlow nomination is rather timid compared to the incidents which have earned nominations for other footballers.

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Scott Morrison to pay Josh Dugan’s fine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will pay Josh Dugan‘s fine after the Sharks veteran was caught breaching COVID protocols.

Dugan earned yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal when he was caught dining in a restaurant in Sydney recently, in contravention of the NRL COVID-19 bio-security protocols. The ageing centre was fined $25,000 and the prime minister has promised to reach into his own pocket to cover the fine.

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.

Dugan was initially shocked at such a generous offer from the leader of the nation, despite the fact that Morrison is the club’s number one ticket holder.

“Yeah, nah mate, I couldn’t believe it,” Dugan explained.

“But then Scotty told me why. He said he loves the Sharks. Well, he loves them now, he grew up in the Eastern Suburbs so he’s probably a Roosters fan, but anyway. He goes to all our games and stuff, but said he paid my fine for a different reason.”

“He said he kind of feels like it’s his fault that I got fined. See, he handles all that COVID vaccination stuff, because he’s the PM, and it’s been a real shambles. He said that if more people in Australia had been vaccinated by now, pretty much everyone could go to restaurants whenever they want. We wouldn’t all be in lockdown and you wouldn’t get fined just for going out for dinner with a mate.”

“So, I said, yeah, that makes sense – thanks for the money Scotty.”

Dugan will also have to stay away from the Cronulla team for a fortnight, and Morrison is expected to join him in his period of isolation.

“We’ll sit on the roof in bean bags and drink Bacardi Breezers, cos that’s the kind of classy guy that Scotty is.”

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