Monday, December 7, 2009

Westfield W-League awards - all the well-deserving winners here

So the Central Coast Mariners were the big winners in today's W-League awards, with no surprises in Michelle Heyman as the Julie Dolan Medal for Player of the Year. But Perth Glory, who missed the finals, and Canberra, who just snuck in, also both came away with plenty.
All the award-winners below, what do you think? Make sure you check out the great story on Sportal on Michelle, on how only two years ago she didn't see much of a career path in women's football. Now she's the best player in Australia. Well done Michelle!

Julie Dolan Medal - Player of the Year: Michelle Heyman, Central Coast Mariners

Players’ Player of the Year: Samantha Kerr, Perth Glory

Goalkeeper of the Year: Jillian Loyden, Central Coast Mariners

Young Player of the Year: (tied) Elise Kellond-Knight, Brisbane Roar and Ellyse Perry, Canberra United

Coach of the Year: (tied) Stephen Roche, Central Coast Mariners and Ray Junna, Canberra United

Referee of the Year: Kate Jacewicz

Golden Boot: Michelle Heyman, Central Coast Mariners – 11 goals

Goal of the Year: Samantha Kerr, Perth Glory – Round 8, Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Hat Trick Award: Michelle Heyman, Central Coast Mariners – Round 7, Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners and Tameka Butt, Brisbane Roar – Round 10, Newcastle United v Brisbane Roar

Fair Play Award: (tied) Sydney FC and Canberra United

And while you are thinking about who you think is the best player this year, why don't you check out three girls who think they are experts, ie myself, and two other girls who have done their all for W-League media coverage this year, Ann Odong and Fiona Crawford. We had a go at putting together who we think are our teams of the year and we'd love to hear what you think! Check the three teams out here, and then let us know by commenting away. And not that it's a competition or anything girls, but I'd just like to note that while of course we all had Heyman in our teams and most had Jillian Loyden, I was the only one that picked both Perry and Kellond-Knight in my team. That's one-point for me! Although interestingly, no-one picked Sam Kerr in their teams. Why didn't I? Because simply she didn't play that many games because of her Australian under-17 duties. She's certainly an amazing player, but I thought I'd go for players who have played more games this year and thought that might count in the awards too. But to win the players' player award after only playing half the season is certainly a great achievement. Well done Sam!

In other news, the joint-young player of the year Ellyse Perry will play for Canberra this weekend. She's going to put her amazing skills to the test again in another three-day split weekend. Cricket against Victoria on Friday, soccer against Sydney FC on Saturday, then cricket against Victoria on Sunday. How does she do it? I don't know, but she's amazingly great at both.

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