Glory trio among big winners at Dolan Warren Awards
Perth Glory trio Chris Ikonomidis, Tony Popovic and Sam Kerr have all received honours at this evening’s Dolan Warren Awards held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Ikonomidis marked his debut season in purple by claiming the Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, Popovic was crowned Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year for a second time and Kerr retained her Westfield W-League Nike Golden Boot Award.
The Johnny Warren Medal was won by Wellington’s Roy Krishna, but Glory players featured prominently in the race for the award, with Neil Kilkenny finishing second alongside Adelaide United’s Isaias and Diego Castro sharing fourth spot with Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory.
Christine Nairn of Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, claimed the Julie Dolan Medal, the Westfield W-League’s highest honour and Krishna added the Nike Golden Boot to his Johnny Warren Medal.
Other winners on the night included Ellie Carpenter of Canberra United (Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year), Jeff Hopkins of Melbourne Victory (Westfield W-League Coach of the Year) and Western Sydney Wanderers’ Fabian Monge (Foxtel Y-League Player of the Year).
Glory’s strong representation among the winners was spearheaded by Ikonomidis who bagged nine goals in 18 starts, while Popovic guided the club to its maiden Hyundai A-League Premiership and second Grand Final appearance, setting a host of new records along the way.
Kerr also enjoyed yet another stellar campaign in which she found the net 13 times as Glory reached a third Westfield W-League Grand Final.
The judging panel for the Johnny Warren and Julie Dolan Medals included former professional players, referees, technical experts and members of the media for the Hyundai A-League regular season.
Panel members from each of the four groups were appointed to vote on a 3-2-1 basis on every match.