Brisbane Roar midfield maestro Thomas Broich is the first A-League player to win the Johnny Warren Medal twice after another stand out season during the Premier's 2013/2014 campaign.
The 33-year-old German playmaker was named during a glittering A-League and W-League awards ceremony in Sydney on Monday night where he also picked up the A-League Player of the Year by the Football Media Association (FMA).
Roar's Tameka Butt doubled the delight by taking out the Westfield W-League’s highest honour, the Julie Dolan Medal, while forward Brandon Borrello completed the club's hat-trick of the top player honours as the National Youth League Player of the Year.
Last year's W-League Coach of the Year, Mike Mulvey, backed it up this season picking up the A-League equivalent after after guiding his team to the 2013/14 Premiers’ Plate with three rounds of the season remaining.
Broich was was a clear winner of the Johnny Warren medal with 506 votes ahead of closest rival James Troisi (290 votes) then followed by Luke Brattan (264 votes), Adam Taggart (243 votes) and Marcelo Carrusca (226 votes). The award is voted upon by the players within the league.
Previous winners are: Bobby Despotovski (Perth Glory 2005-06), Nick Carle (Newcastle Jets 2006-07), Joel Griffiths (Newcastle Jets 2007-08), Shane Smeltz (Wellington Phoenix 2008-09), Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne Victory 2009-10), Marcos Flores (Adelaide United 2010-11), Broich (Brisbane Roar 2011-12) and Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory 2012-13).
Newcastle Jets striker Adam Taggart achieved double honours claiming the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award and the Nike Golden Boot Award as the top goal scorer for the A-League 2013/14 season. Taggart saw off stiff competition for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award from Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners), Dimitri Petratos (Brisbane Roar), Josh Brillante (Newcastle Jets) and Terry Antonis (Sydney FC).
As the Young Footballer of the Year Award he also received a $10,000 NAB personal investment portfolio.
Melbourne Victory’s Welsh international, Jessica Fishlock, was named the W-League’s Players’ Player of the Year Award, which she added to her Most Valuable Player of the Westfield W-League 2014 Grand Final Award. Fishlock's Melbourne Victory teammate and captain, Stephanie Catley, won the W-League Young Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Adelaide United’s Eugene Galekovic collected the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year Award for the third time while his Reds colleague in the W-League, Melissa Barbieri, received the W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Award for the second time.
Sydney FC’s Jodie Taylor was the W-League 2013/14 Golden Boot winner courtesy of her 10 goals throughout the season while Alen Stajcic was named the W-League Coach of the Year for the second time following his season with Sydney FC.
Melbourne Heart midfielder Orlando Engelaar received the A-League the Goal of the Year Award for his Round 24 long range effort against the Central Coast Mariners. Sally Shipard from Canberra United scored the Westfield W-League Goal of the Year for her strike against the Newcastle Jets in Round 11.
Brisbane Roar picked up their fifth A-League Fair Play Award for accruing the least number of yellow and red card points (54 points). It’s the Roar’s fourth consecutive win. There was a three-way tie between Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and the Newcastle Jets for the W-League Fair Play Award (10 points) with Melbourne Victory winning the National Youth League Fair Play Award (20 points).
Peter Green was named the A-League Referee of the Year award for the second time while Casey Reibelt from Brisbane was named the W-League’s Referee of the Year.comments