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[FM14] Doing It Down Under! v2.0

Started on 25 July 2014 by Feliks / First Post
Latest Reply on 24 November 2014 by Feliks / Last Post
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Epic update, good luck next season man!
Amazing write up Feliks! Despite the result I think the way you managed to turn around the early season drab form into a Grand Final appearance means there is much to be optimistic about next season!
Wow, great update Feliks :D
Such a detailed and well written update man :D
Dammit, so close to victory! Well written up, looking forward to next season :)
Griffo Thanks Griffo!

Walter I agree completely. This year has been surreal, and I think if we can improve again we can go a very, very long way.

Zed :D

AS4 Thanks, took a while :)

Duck So close, but much to look forward to next season


It was that time of year, when the best in the Hyundai A-League are honoured with their actions and given one of seven awards- Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Goal of the Year, Team of the Year, Manager of the Year, Golden Boot and Goalkeeper of the Year. Let’s get started with the first award.

Goal of the Year

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The winner of the best goal in the regular season was won by Sydney FC’s Milos Dimitrijevic. The award-winning goal was the first of his brace against the Wellington Phoenix on the 22nd of December. He struck the ball from outside the box and Glen Moss watched helplessly as it flew into the top left corner of the net. A top notch goal deserved of the award.

Young Player of the Year

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Awarded to the best Australian player under 21 for the season, the Newcastle Jets had a lot of eligible choices and the eventual winner was their right winger Andrew Hoole. Hoole had a breakout season, playing every single match. He began the season at right back, but found incredible form at right wing where at one stage he was the in-form player of the competition. He ended up kicking 3 goals and assisting 8, whilst also picking up 4 PoM awards to collect YPOTY.

Goalkeeper of the Year

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In a tight race between Eugene Galekovic and Mark Birighitti, Galekovic eventually came out on top on won the Golden Glove trophy. Galekovic had a fine year for Adelaide United, recording 11 clean sheets and having an average rating of 7.01, ranked 1 in the league for goalkeepers. Although he conceded far more than Birighitti, his general goalkeeping was far superior and had a much less solid defense.

Manager of the Year

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One of the easiest picks on the night, Ernie Merrick walked out with the Manager of the Year award after taking wooden spoon favourites Wellington Phoenix to the premiers plate. Although they were knocked out of the finals, the Phoenix will be remembered for their dominant performances in the regular season and man behind the helm, Ernie Merrick, is definitely a huge factor.

Golden Boot

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This years winner of the Golden Boot award for most goals scored when to charismatic Belgian striker Stein Huseygems, who kicked 18 goals for the league winners Wellington Phoenix to take out the award by 2 goals over the Mariners’ Matt Simon. Huseygems was in lethal form all season, and seemed to score more often than not.

The team of the season was announced, with some surprise selections and omissions. Eugene Galekovic was made goalkeeper in a popular move, and the back 4 of Cassio, Bosnar, Wielaert and Boxall is a good choice. Nick Kalmar was a surprise pick at DM, whilst Flores and Hernandez would make a good pair in central midfield. Nick Carle was picked over teammate Alessandro Del Piero in a shocking decision, but Huseygems and Garcia were worthy picks. Ruben Zadkovich will be considered unlucky to have missed out at either right back or central midfield, whilst Fabio Ferreira was a very strong candidate on both wings.

The final and most prestigious award of the night was saved for last, with multiple players vying for the Johnny Warren Medal for player of the season. Let’s have a look at the 5 nominees.

Michael Boxall
The sole defender on the list, Boxall was the heart and soul of the Phoenix defence which did so well over the course of the season. His play was very good and he regularly blotted out the oppposition’s best strikers.

Fabio Ferreira
Somewhat of a revelation at Adelaide United, the Portuguese winger emerged from being a fringe player and had an extremely productive season on both wings.

Carlos Hernandez
An A-League legend now, Hernandez wowed the country with his flair and playmaking excellence. His stats were phenomenal, with elite passing rates, 13 goals and 9 assists, and his partnership with Hernandez was a league winner.

Stein Huseygems
A goalscoring machine, his partnership with Carlos Hernandez was the main reason the Phoenix won the league and he is a very strong favourite for the award.

Matt Simon
Another striker, he didn’t score as many goals as Huseygems but he definitely was more prominent away from goals for the Mariners, as he assisted Mitch Duke and worked well as a partnership.

So those are the nominees, now to see who is the winner of the Johnny Warren Medal.

Carlos Hernandez!

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The Costa Rican attacking midfielder was a shining light in the supernova that was Wellington Phoenix, and his domination of everything he came across means that he takes out the Johnny Warren Medal with 5 votes out of 10. Trailing in second with 3 votes was Stein Huseygems, whilst Matt Simon and Michael Boxall each received 1 vote each.

Wrap-Up

So those are the winners of the A-League Awards Night. It’s been a great season, time to get ready for 2014/15! See you then!
Very cool update Degz!
Unlucky in the final but a great write-up, looking forward to next season!
What a fantastic couple of write eps, unlucky to lose in teh grand Final, but on penalties it cn be accepted :P .
Very nice update, and congrats to Hoole for collecting an award! Would've expected at least one player in TOTS though FFA :/
Griffo Thanks heaps man, thought it would be a nice addition.

squirmy As am I!

joethequin Really? I'm yet to accept it :P

Walter Hoole was great, unlucky not to get a spot in TOTS as was Birighitti and Zadkovich but you get what you get

Club Awards

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Hi guys! For this update I’m going back to the old, personal report-style update because I felt there had been enough differing styles of updates in the last few. This update will be the club award lists, of which there are many. Here’s the full list-

  • Fan’s Player of the Year
  • Fan’s Best Eleven
  • Signing of the Year
  • Golden Raspberry (Worst Player of the Year)
  • Golden Boot
  • Rising Star Award
  • Development Award
  • Golden Award (Manager’s Player of the Year)
  • Silver Award
  • Bronze Award
  • Let’s get started with the fan awards.

    Fan’s Player of the Year

    Taylor Regan

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    The Aussie centre back had a great season, and became somewhat of a cult hero with the fans after his proficiency around corners. Eventually, he finished with 4 goals which was the second highest at the club. Although he’s not my best player, the fans have spoken and he receives the Fan’s Player of the Year award.

    Fan’s Best Eleven


    A some surprising choices, but the fans have the choice and this is the Fan’s Best Eleven of 2013/14. Emile Heskey up front is an obvious choice, as is Andrew Hoole at right wing, Ruben Zadkovich at central midfield and the entire defensive unit. However, James Brown is picked at defensive midfield where he has no experience whilst Jacob Pepper was selected at centre midfield after playing just 13 games, ahead of Ben Kantarovski who played 21. Possibly the most surprising is Adam Taggart’s selection at left wing; it seems that even after the season he had the fans still value him.

    So after some surprising choices by the fans, it was time for me to give out my awards- which are way more honest and correct than the fans ;)

    Golden Boot

    Emile Heskey

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    In a defensive team, the Golden Boot was not going to be a very big race and the eventual winner, Emile Heskey kicked just 8 goals. However, I don’t really value the Golden Boot this year and although Heskey is happy he was always going to win it in a 1 striker formation, with a team renowned for defence.

    Signing of the Year

    Alex Henshall

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    I only made 2 signings last season, and they were both replacements rather than first team players, but I feel the player who made the biggest difference out of the 2 was young left winger Alex Henshall. He was easily the quickest guy on the team and never failed to outrun defenders. Maybe if he worked on his technicals he’d be a gun in the A-League, but even with raw pace he made a good impact and I’m happy with the short-term deal.

    Rising Star Award

    Andrew Hoole

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    Awarded to the best player under the age of 21, this was easy as he also took out the league equivalent of the award. The 20 year old winger was the standout player in early 2014 and his performances from his right flank really turned games on their head. A very good year and one that will benefit his career greatly.

    Development Award

    Tom Waller

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    This award goes to the best player on the training ground that is yet to make an appearance at A-League level. Young Tom Waller holds a lot of promise, and the dimunitive attacking midfielder made great strides this season in his development. He’s now 4.5 stars potential, and in the next couple of years I can definitely see him featuring in the first team.

    Golden Raspberry

    Adam Taggart

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    The somewhat sarcastic award that no-one wants to win was won emphatically by young striker Adam Taggart. He failed to make any impact when played in the first team and after our horror run I moved him to the bench and used just Heskey instead. He didn’t do anything off the bench either, and lost us the Grand Final, so in the end, Taggart was the inevitable choice for the Golden Raspberry award.

    Bronze Award

    Taylor Regan

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    The 3rd best player of the season in my opinion, Taylor was amazing on both ends of the field as he teamed up very well with Connor Chapman in defence and managed to score 4 times from corners to finish 2nd in the Golden Boot. Regan is now a favoured personnel at the club and has saved a career which looked to be ending prematurely.

    Silver Award

    Emile Heskey

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    DA BEAST! Run out of words for this guy, he’s simply a great player to have at the club. Does it on and off the field, mentors the youngsters, helps out Ruben Zadkovich with leading the team. Golden Boot winner and a battler, now 36, Heskey is the deserved winner of the Silver Award, which will now be named the Emile Heskey Award in his honour.

    Golden Award- Manager’s Player of the Year

    Andrew Hoole and Mark Birighitti


    Just couldn’t separate these two. One, the creative catalyst that took the league by storm in early 2014; the other, the roadblock that conceded the least goals of any keeper in the league and set up 2 goals himself. Andrew Hoole and Mark Birighitti both played extremely well in patches, and I wouldn’t dare choose one so they both get the award. What a year from both of them.

    So that’s it, the award winners of 2013/14! Join me next time as we begin the journey into 2014/15!
    The Golden... Raspberry?! :)) nice layout and well done to all award winners.
    HESKEY TIMEEEE

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