Wellington Pheonix striker Nathan Burns was awarded with the
Johnny Warren medal in Sydney last night.
The honour is by far the greatest
individual prize our Australian game has to offer.
Burns finished his season in career high form, scoring 13
goals from 24 games, falling short to Sydney FC’s Mark Janko in the Golden Boot
The strikers break into the Socceroos side has done him a
world of good. The success of training with Australians best footballers and
winning the Asian Cup earlier this year was great momentum moving into the A League’s 10th season.
Burn’s signing with Wellington Pheonix has rejuvenated his
career, after struggling to establish himself overseas.
The signing with the Pheonix may be short lived, as big Asian Clubs look to swoop
in on the newly crowned Johnny Warren medallist in the off-season.
Kevin Muscat was named coach of the year after finishing top
of the table with Melbourne Victory and currently on the verge of a grand final
Adelaide midfielder James Jeggo, was named young
footballer of the year.
Newcastle Jets midfielder Emily van Egmond was awarded with the Julie Dolan Medallist, an equivalent to the Johnny Warren medal.
Tarek Elrich’s solo run from defence into goal has been named as the goal of the season.
Adelaide United v Melbourne City
Arsenal shock loss to Swansea at home
Arsenal FC have slumped to the hand of Swansea in a 1-0 loss at the Emirates.
Despite dominance in possession and a flurry of goalmouth opportunities, the Gunners were unable to trump The Swans.
The loss means Swansea have done the double over them this season, a statistic which will only burn deeper into the wounds of Gunners fans.
Swansea are now in contention to make Europa League qualification, which would be a historic achievement for the inform club.
QPR face more than just relegation
QPR were relegated over the weekend after losing 6-0 to
The Rangers are facing an ongoing legal battle with the Football League after supposedly
breaching financial fair play breaches.
A joint statement from QPR and the
Football League said:
challenges the legality of the Football League’s Championship financial fair
play rules and any charge against QPR (if any) for breach of FFP rules shall
not be commenced pending the outcome of that challenge. The proceedings are
confidential in nature and neither party is entitled to comment upon the
proceedings until the independent arbitral panel has delivered its decision.”
Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata has declared the AFL “a
disgrace” after refusing to relocate the Bulldogs game for the A-League Grand Final
at Etihad Stadium.
The war of words has sparked a response from Collingwood
President Eddie McGuire on the Today show. “Pignata’s a good name cause I’m
about to get a stick and hit him with it”.
“Since 1850 we play football here in Melbourne, it’s called
the AFL we have two grounds, MCG and Etihad.
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