Maclaren claims Young Player, Golden Boot at Dolan Warren awards night

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Brisbane Roar striker has been rewarded for a stellar season in the A-League by claiming the Young Player of the Year award at the annual Dolan Warren awards night celebrating the best of the 2016-17 season in Australian Football.

Maclaren beat teammate Brandon Borrello, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Riley McGree, Brandon O’Neill, Josh Brillante and Paul Izzo to become the first player to win the award for a second straight year.

In addition to the Young Player of the Year, Maclaren picked up the Golden Boot, with his 19 goals for the season seeing him share the award with Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha.

The big winner of the night was Milos Ninkovic with the Sydney FC standout running away with the Johnny Warren medal, finishing 7 points clear of  2016 winner Diego Castro.

On the women’s side the big winner was Sam Kerr who picked up the Julie Dolan medal after her performances in the W-League season saw Perth Glory claim the Premiers Plate and a home Grand Final before falling short in the decider. Kerr finished just two points clear of Brisbane Roar midfielder Katrina Gorry.

Meanwhile Canberra born midfielder Mark Tokich of the FFA Centre of Excellence was named the best player of the National Youth League season.

Sydney FC as a club picked up a range of awards with Graham Arnold named A-League coach of the year for the second time, while Danny Vukovic won the goalkeeper of the year award after conceding just the 12 goals for the season. The Sky Blues dominance continued in the W-League with Remy Siemsen picking up the W-League Young Player of the Year award.

Tim Cahill unsurprisingly picked up the Goal of the Year award in the A-League thanks to his round 2 goal in the Melbourne derby, while Sam Kerr picked up the W-League gong for her round 6 strike against Sydney FC.

While Besart Berisha and Jamie Maclaren shared the A-League Golden Boot on 19 goals apiece the W-League award was won individually by Canberra’s 2016 Julie Dolan medal winner Ashleigh Sykes, who score 12 goals for the season. In the Youth League Melbourne Victory striker Pierce Waring won the Golden Boot with six goals to his name from 8 games.

As we mentioned on here last week Central Coast Mariners won the A-League Fair play award for 2016-17 narrowly beating 2016 winner Brisbane Roar. Adelaide United picked up the W-League award while the FFA Centre of Excellence were the NYL winner.

Here’s the full list of winners at the 2017 Dolan Warren Medal awards night
A-League
Johnny Warren Medal- Milos Ninkovic (Sydney)
Coach of the Year- Graham Arnold (Sydney)
Golden Boot- Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane) & Besart Berisha (Melb. Victory)
Goalkeeper of the Year- Danny Vukovic (Sydney)
Goal of the Year- Tim Cahill (Melb City)
Young Player of the Year- Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane)
Referee of the Year- Jared Gillett
Fair Play Award- Central Coast Mariners
Community Champion- Melbourne Victory

W-League
Julie Dolan Medal- Sam Kerr (Perth)
Goal of the year- Sam Kerr (Perth)
Golden Boot- Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra)
Coach of the Year- Bobby Despotovski (Perth)
Goalkeeper of the Year- Lydia Williams (Melb. City)
Young Player of the Year- Remy Siemsen (Sydney)
Referee of the Year- Kate Jacewicz
Fair Play award- Adelaide United

National Youth League
Player of the Year- Marc Tokich (FFA Centre of Excellence)
Golden Boot- Pierce Waring (Melb. Victory)
Fair Play Award- FFA Centre of Excellence


Jamie Maclaren named young player of the month

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After an impressive run of form over the past month, Brisbane striker Jamie Maclaren has been named as the A-League Young Player of the Month of April.

The nomination comes as a reward for a strong conclusion to the regular season, with Maclaren scoring five goals in his past four games.

All up in the 2016-17 season, Maclaren 20 goals from 32 appearances across all competitions and has solidified himself as the best Australian striker in the domestic competition.

Jamie is now in the running to defend an award he picked up at last seasons awards night for his form in the 2015-16 season where he scored 20 goals from 26 appearances in all competitions.

Maclaren is joined as a nominee by fellow Brisbane attacker Brandon Borrello, in addition to Josh Brillante, Brandon O’Neill, Riley McGree, Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Paul Izzo in contention for the award.

The winner of the 2016-17 Young Player of the Year will be awarded at the 2017 Dolan-Warren awards night in the week leading up to the Grand Final.


Maclaren, Petratos nominated for PFA Awards

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Jamie Maclaren and Dimitri Petratos have been nominated for the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) awards.

Jamie Maclaren, who scored 20 goals last season earning his first call-up to the National Team is nominated for Footballer of the Year award.

Maclaren is also nominated for the Harry Kewell Young Player medal, along with Dimitri Petratos and ex Roar player Jason Geria for the u/23 player of the year with the duo rewarded for their strong form for Brisbane over the last 12 months.

In the Women’s category, there are no current Brisbane players on the shortlist, however former Roar midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight made the cut.

Full list of nominees
Footballer of the Year
Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
Aaron Mooy (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
Mat Ryan (Valencia)
Mathieu Delpierre (Retired)
Matthew Leckie (Ingolstadt)

U-23 Player of the Year
Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
Dimitri Petratos (Brisbane Roar)
Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)
Stefan Mauk (NEC Nijmegen)
Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg)
Jimmy Jeggo (Sturm Graz)

Female player of the Year
Emily van Egmond (Wolfsburg)
Lydia Williams (Melbourne City)
Alanna Kennedy (Sydney FC)
Elise Kellond-Knight (Turbine Potsdam)
Caitlin Foord (Sydney FC)

The awards are voted on by the players and the winners will be announced next Tuesday night at a Gala Dinner, held at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.


Corona takes home Gary Wilkins Medal

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Spanish midfielder Corona has taken home the Gary Wilkins medal as Brisbane’s player of the season at the clubs annual awards night. Corona, who beat a field consisting of Jamie Maclaren, Jade North and Jack Hingert to take the award home.

The award is a solid reward for a player who started all 29 games in the League and Finals Series this season and who orchestrated much of the Roar’s attacking based play over the course of the season.

Corona becomes the seventh different person to win the player of the year award after Hyuk Su-Seo, Matt McKay (twice), Craig Moore (twice), Luke DeVere, Thomas Broich (three times) and Besart Berisha.

The big winner on the A-League side of things however was striker Jamie Maclaren, who celebrated his recent call up to the National Squad by taking home a quartet of awards.

His 19 goals throughout the season was more than enough to take home the Golden Boot, to which he added the A-League Players’ Player, Young Player and Members Player of the Year awards.

The W-League awards night was dominated by one player, with Angela Beard taking home both the W-League player and Players’ Player of the year awards. The awards come as recognition for a strong W-League campaign, which saw Angela become an ever-present at left back.

The W-League Golden Boot was taken home by Emily Gielnik, with her four strikes throughout the season enough to win the award.

The clubs National Youth League Player of the Year award and the NYL Players’ Player award weren’t presented on the night, with the awards likely to be presented in future weeks.

Full List of Award Winners
A-League
Gary Wilkins Medal- Corona
A-League Players’ Player- Jamie Maclaren
Young player of the year- Jamie Maclaren
A-League Golden Boot- Jamie Maclaren
Members player of the year- Jamie Maclaren

W-League
W-League Player of the Year- Angela Beard
W-League Players’ Player- Angela Beard
W-League Golden Boot- Emily Gielnik


Jamie Maclaren named Young player of the year at Dolan-Warren awards night

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Brisbane striker Jamie Maclaren wrapped up a fantastic season in style by winning the A-League Young Player of the Year at the Dolan-Warren awards night in Sydney. Teammates Dimitri Petratos and Brandon Borrello were also nominated, as were Melbourne’s Jason Geria and Adelaide’s Stefan Mauk, but it was the Brisbane no.9 – who netted 20 times this season- who won the award.

Maclaren becomes just the second Brisbane player to win the award, after Tommy Oar was victorious in the 2009-10 season where he was a standout on the left hand side before departing for FC Utrecht. Brisbane also won the A-League fair play award for a record 6th time for accruing the lowest tally of yellow and red cards for the home and away season. Brisbane previously won the award for four successive seasons from 2010/11 through 2013-14 in addition to the 2008-09 season.

The biggest awards of the night, the Johnny Warren and Julie Dolan medals –awarded to the A-League and W-League player of the year respectively, and the race was close. In the A-League Perth’s marquee man Diego Castro (34pts), narrowly beat Melbourne City talisman Aaron Mooy (33) to win to become the second Glory player to win the top award after Bobby Despotovski in the leagues inaugural season. Brisbane’s Jamie Maclaren and City’s Bruno Fornaroli finished in equal third on 27 points.

Canberra’s Ashleigh Sykes beat the likes of City’s Lisa de Vanna and Brisbane’s Katrina Gorry to take home the Julie Dolan medal after a solid season which saw Canberra finish second before losing their Semi-Final to Sydney FC.

In the A-League, Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli collected the A-Leagues Golden Boot while his teammate took home the goalkeeper of the year award. Premiers Adelaide didn’t go home empty handed, with Guillermo Amor taking home the award for coach of the year, while fellow Grand Finalists Western Sydney Wanderers took home the inaugural Community Champion award and Jarred Gillett was named referee of the year for a third time.

Despite winning the wooden spoon for the first time in club history, there was some success for the Central Coast Mariners, with Roy O’Donovan’s volley against Adelaide United in round 25 defeating more fancied options to claim goal of the year.

Undefeated Champions of the W-League Melbourne City might not have seen of their many stars win the Julie Dolan medal, but outstanding midfielder Kim Little did continue the success for City in their debut season. Former Roar striker Larissa Crummer, who joined City in the off-season, then won two awards of her own with young player of the year, and the Golden boot thanks to her 11 goals. City also won the fair play award to round out a very successful debut season.

In other awards, Newcastle manger Craig Deans took out coach of the year honours after the unfancied Jets to 5th and narrowly missing the finals, while Perth Glory’s American import Vanessa Di Bartolo won goal of the year for her sensational lob against Brisbane Roar in Round 5. Meanwhile young Adelaide United goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage won the goalkeeper of the year award, while Kate Jacewicz won the referee of the year award for the sixth time in the eight seasons of the W-League.

In the National Youth League, Adelaide’s Dylan Smith took out the player of the year award. Melbourne Victory’s young striker Joey Katebian took out the Golden Boot while the fair play award was taken home by the Newcastle Jets.

A-League award Winners 2015-16
Johnny Warren Medal- Diego Castro (Perth Glory)
Young Player of the Year- Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
Golden Boot- Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
Goalkeeper of the Year- Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City)
Coach of the Year- Guillermo Amor (Adelaide United)
Goal of the Year- Roy O’Donovan (Central Coast Mariners)
Fair Play Award- Brisbane Roar
Referee of the Year- Jarred Gillett
Community Champion Award- Western Sydney Wanderers

W-League Award Winners 2015-16
Julie Dolan Medal- Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United)
W-League players’ player- Kim Little (Melbourne City)
Young Player of the Year- Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City)
Goalkeeper of the Year- Kaitlyn Savage (Adelaide United)
Golden Boot- Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City)
Coach of the Year- Craig Deans (Newcastle Jets)
Goal of the Year- Vanessa Di Bernardo (Perth Glory)
Fair Play Award- Melbourne City
Referee of the Year- Kate Jacewicz

National Youth League Award Winners 2015-16
Player of the Year- Dylan Smith (Adelaide United)
Golden Boot- Joey Katebian (Melbourne Victory)
Fair Play Award- Newcastle Jets


Dimitri Petratos named Young Player of the Month

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Dimitri Petratos has been named the young player of the month for January following some stellar form over the past few weeks.

Petratos has been an ever-present for Brisbane over the past month, starting four of the five games this month, with his performance against his former club Sydney FC last weekend the highlight.

All up this season Petratos has made 17 appearances this season -14 starts-, chipping in with two goals and three assists from his new role on the right hand side of a midfield three.

Petratos joins teammates Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello in the running for the award, with former Sydney full-back Alex Gersbach the other player in the running to date.

To further players will be nominated for the months of February and March, with the winner to be announced at the annual A-League awards night in April.

Previous winners include former Brisbane winger Tommy Oar (2009-10), Mat Ryan (2010-11 & 2011-12), Adam Taggart (2013-14) and James Jeggo (2014-15).