Jurman scoops Sydney's top gongs

Matt Jurman has scooped all three major gongs at Sydney FC’s night of nights, capping off a stellar season for the uncompromising central defender.

Jurman was named the club’s Player of the Year, ahead of Milos Ninkovic, Filip Holosko and Brandon O’Neill, as voted for by a panel of coaching staff on a 3-2-1 basis after each match. 

He also took home the Players’ Player of the Year and the Members’ Player of the Year awards at the glitzy Sky Blue Ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday night.

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The 26-year-old was just the second Sydney player ever to scoop the awards trifecta after Milos Dimitrijevic set the benchmark in 2014/15.

“It’s a big honour to take home these awards,” Jurman said.

“It was great to hold down my position this year and not miss too many games, I felt my performances were good and I’m proud to be recognized with these three awards.

“I’d like to thank the fantastic Sydney FC members and fans for your support, your backing has been excellent all season and has helped us achieve a piece of history for the club in the Champions League.” 

Jurman was a rock in defence for the Sky Blues and missed only two matches of the 2015/16 A-League season, playing every minute of all 25 games he featured in.

He also put in a man of the match showing in the AFC Champions League, keeping $65 million dollar man Jackson Martinez quiet in the Sky Blues 2-1 home victory over the reigning Champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

Other awards winners included:

·         Alanna Kennedy, Sydney FC W-League Players' Player of the Year award

·         International marquee Filip Holosko, Sydney FC Golden Boot with 10 goals

·         Kyah Simon took home the Westfield W-League Golden Boot for six goals in 12 appearances

·         Daniel Araujo was voted the Sydney FC Youth League Players' Player of the Year

Guests and VIPs were treated to pre-match drinks on 60 metres of Sky Blue Carpet on the iconic SCG pitch, before moving inside for formalities.

Off the back of a successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 campaign with the Westfield Matildas, Kennedy earned her award following solid defensive displays which paved the way for a W-League Grand Final appearance.

Kennedy started 12 matches for the Sky Blues, playing every minute of each, and scored a spectacular free kick against Perth Glory at Lambert Park to ensure her name would feature in post-season highlight reels.

Currently competing in the United States in the National Women’s Soccer League for Western New York Flash, Kennedy said she was thrilled to have taken out the top award for the Westfield W-League season.

“I’m really honoured to have been voted the Players’ Player of the Year,” Kennedy said.

“It was an enjoyable season with a great group of girls and staff.”

Midfielder Araujo got the nod for his scintillating displays in the Sky Blues National Youth League Championship-winning side. 

Entertainment on the night was provided by “The Voice – 2015” runner up Joe Moore and band.

Former Westfield W-League Head Coach and current Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic became the ninth inductee into Sydney FC’s Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile Sydney FC General Manager Digital, Media and Communications David Warriner who was presented with the Chairman’s Award.