NSW State Leagues 2013 Gala Dinner

By Chris Dunkerley:

Bringing together mens and womens senior football for the first time in a glittering gala dinner, Football NSW gave due recognition to this level of the world game. The venue, the Millenium Room of the Olympic Stadium at Homebush Bay/Olympic Park was packed with over 400 guests, who were served an excellent meal during the presentations.

Held on Friday 11 October, 2013, the NSW Men’s State League Division 1 and 2 and Women’s State League competitions were awarded prizes as well as referees and media. 

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Samantha Muscat (scorer of a massive 25 goals for Bankstown City Lions FC) is interviewed by affable MC George Moskos

 Football NSW Referees Manager Kris Griffiths-Jones awarded Murray Wilson with the Referee of the Year award for his achievements this season.

Two Media Awards were given out on the evening and The Womens Game took out the Womens State League plaudits led by Ann Odong for their promotion of female football in NSW, while Hawkesbury Gazette’s Matt Jones took out the Mens State League One award.

Goalkeepers were next on the list and across the three categories, Stanmore Hawks; Stacey Alogdellis, Gladesville Ryde Magic’s Kiriakos Tohouroglou and Womens State League’s Lana Ferreira from the Southern District Emeralds all were crowned leaders in their categories for 2013.

The much anticipated Player of the Year awards were to be the final awards of the evening with Western NSW FC’s Teigan Cox claiming bragging rights for being announced as the Womens State League Player of the Year after a fantastic year for the club.

Stanmore Hawks grabbed the headlines in State League Two as their players Lachlan Wright and Neil Phillippou were joint winners of the Player of the Year Award.

While finally Inter Lions’ South American import Miguel Martinez stole the show taking out the State League One Player of the Year award.

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2013 State Leagues Award Winners Honour Role

Fair Play Award           

State League 2  – UNSW

Womens State League – Western NSW Mariners

State League 1 – Dulwich Hill SC

Club Championship    

State League 2  Stanmore Hawks

Womens State League   UNSW Lions

State League 1  Northbridge FC

Referee of the Year

Murray Wilson

Media Award   

Womens State League   Ann Odong – The Womens Game

State League 1  Matt Jones – Hawkesbury Gazzette
Goalkeeper of the Year

State League 2  Stacy Alogdellis – Stanmore Hawks

Womens State League   Lana Ferreira – Southern District Emeralds

State League 1  Kiriakos Tohouroglou – Gladesville Ryde Magic

Golden Boot 1st Grade

State League 2  – Neil Phillipou – Stanmore Hawks

Womens State League   – Samantha Muscat – Bankstown City Lions FC

State League 1  – Rosario Occhipinti – Balmain Tigers

Coach of the Year        

State League 2  Tony Basha – Fairfield City Lions

Womens State League   Adrian Cox – Western NSW Football Club

State League 1  Mauricio Islas – Granville Rage

Player of the year 20’s and reserve grade

State League 2  Nathan Attard – Fairfield City Lions

Womens State League   Nicola Bonaventura  – Parramatta Ladyhawks FC

State League 1  Agneesh Lahiri  – Northbridge FC

State League 2 Player of the Year        

State League 2  Lachlan Wright – Stanmore Hawks and Neil Philippou – Stanmore Hawks

Womens State League Player of the Year        

Teigan Cox – Western NSW Football Club

State League 1 Player of the Year

Miguel Martinez – Inter Lions

Disclosure: The writer was a guest of Football NSW