SYDNEY (3 Jan 2015) – Mile Jedinak and Katrina Gorry have been named the Football Federation Australia’s top Male and Female Footballers of the Year for 2014, adding to their recent awards at the Asian Football Confederation’s Annual Awards night.
Jedinak claimed the award for the second consecutive year after breaking through for his first Footballer of the Year award in 2013. Jedinak was also named the AFC’s International Player of the Year. Both awards were bestowed upon Jedinak following his outstanding performances as the captain of Crystal Palace in the English Premier League and also through his captaincy and performances for the Socceroos throughout 2014, including the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
For Gorry the gong goes well with the AFC Women’s Player of the Year award she collected at November’s AFC Annual Awards which were held in Manila. Gorry was a leading member of the Westfield Matildas team that were runners-up at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam last July. At club level Gorry’s team, Brisbane Roar, did not figure in the Westfield W-League Finals Series, but she was still a stand-out performer scoring twice in the final two rounds of the season.
In the other professional category awards the Female U-20 Footballer of the Year went to Samantha Kerr and Adelaide United’s Awer Mabil took the honours in the Male U-20 Footballer of the Year category.
The FFA awards are decided on the votes of national team coaches and Football Federation Australia technical and coaching staff.