Sydney FC Champion and Johnny Warren Medalist Milos Ninkovic has taken out all three of the major Hyundai A-League awards tonight at Sydney FC’s glamorous night of nights, the Sky Blue Ball.
The Serbian midfielder, and newly signed marquee, claimed the top award the Hyundai A-League Player of the Year, ahead of Danny Vukovic, Bobô and captain Alex Brosque, as voted for by a select panel of coaching staff after each match in the 2016/17 season.
Taking home the Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of the Year award and the Members’ Player of the Year award as well, Ninkovic follows in the footsteps of compatriot Milos Dimitrijevic and former Sky Blue Matt Jurman to collect all three major Hyundai A-League accolades.
The midfield maestro played 28 of the Sky Blues 29 games this season, assisting 11 goals while also creating 47 chances for his team mates. The number 10 scored nine goals himself and converted the winning penalty in the Hyundai A-League 2017 Grand Final to ensure his name is recorded in the annals of the Sky Blues as one the club’s most influential and successful players.
Ninkovic said he was delighted with the awards and paid testament to his team mates for the achievements.
“I am very happy to have received these awards,” he said.
“These awards are not only for me they are for the team, we won together and as a family everybody played their part.
“I would also like to thank the Sydney FC Members and fans for their kind words and support. It is a pleasure to play in front of you all each week and I can’t wait for the new season.
“I am focused now on defending our titles and I can’t wait to also play in the AFC Champions League again and win that for our club.”
Capping a remarkable debut season in the Westfield W-League, young striker Remy Siemsen earned the Sydney FC W-League Players' Player of the Year award following her impressive displays of skill and poise in the Sky Blues front line, displaying maturity beyond her 17 years.
Siemsen featured in 12 of the Sky Blues 13 games in the 2016/17 season and found the back of the net six times in an impressive first season with Sydney FC, earning the November nomination for NAB Young Footballer of the Year along the way.
Currently completing her HSC year at school, Siemsen said she was honoured to have taken out the top award for the Westfield W-League season.
“I’m really shocked to have won this award,” she said.
“To be a part of a team with Matildas such as Caitlin Foord, who I look up to, and Kyah Simon and win Player of the Year is really exciting and something I’ll always cherish.
“I was really excited to play my first season in the W-League this year and never in a million years thought I’d win this award. I’m hoping to just build on this success now and one day make my debut for the Westfield Matildas.”
Foxtel National Youth League midfielder Andrea Agamemnonos was voted the Sydney FC Youth League Players' Player of the Year following his impressive showings in the heart of the Young Sky Blues midfield on the road to a Grand Final appearance.
International marquee Bobô picked up the Sydney FC Golden Boot with an impressive 15 goal haul on the way to a Premiership and Championship double, as youngster Remy Siemsen also claimed the Westfield W-League Golden Boot for her six goals in 12 appearances.
The Sky Blues’ Head of Strength and Conditioning Andrew Clark was presented with the Chairman’s Award for his success in producing the fittest Premiership and Championship winning team in the Hyundai A-League.
Held at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground, guests and VIPs were treated to pre-match drinks on the Sky Blue Carpet on the iconic SCG pitch, before moving inside for formalities, with entertainment provided by comedian Vince Sorrenti.
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