It was to be NSW women?s football night of nights as selected players and teams from both the Arrive Alive Women?s Premier and Super League were rewarded for their tremendous efforts in 2008.
The award everybody was waiting for, the Platinum Medal was awarded to Macarthur Rams? prolific striker Stephanie Haim who took out the coveted prize.
Her terrific achievements for the Rams in what was a successful season for the club having been crowned both Premiers and Champions was virtue of the fantastic season Haim had.
It was to be the first of two awards presented to Haim on the evening as the talented female football star also took out the Debbie Tait Memorial Trophy (Golden Boot) award.
Sticking with the Arrive Alive Women?s Premier League, Sydney University?s sturdy and reliable shotstopper Emma-Kate Dewhurst took out the Goalkeeper of the Year award while Macarthur?s clever tactician Matt Turvey took out the Coach of the Year award.
Manly United?s promising young prospect Eilish Sheerin was given the Premier League Reserve Grade Player of the Year award while referee Ariane Nemorin was given the plaudits of being awarded the Premier League Referee of the Year award.
Even though the Rams took out a couple of the awards on the evening, the Marconi Stallions won the Premier League Club Championship award while Manly United FC were awarded the Premier League Fair Play Award.
Meanwhile in the Arrive Alive Women?s Super League, it was Western NSW Panthers FC skipper and star striker Gillian Rosconi who took out the Player of the Year award beating a number of potential stars.
Gladesville Raves keeper Claire Cherrington was awarded the Super League Goalkeeper of the Year award while Illawarra Stingrays? talented attacker Michelle Carney took out the Golden Boot award.
St George?s Mellisah Parlato was given the honours of being the new Reserve Grade Player of the Year winner while the Illawarra Stingrays took out the Super League Club Championship and UNSW was awarded the Super League Fair Play Award.
Football NSW?s Ross Anderson was given the media award for his outstanding services in promoting the women?s game to the best of its potential in what was an unforgettable evening for the hundreds who attended the glamorous affair.
List of Award winners:
SL Reserve Grade Premiership Runners up – Western NSW Panthers FC
SL Reserve Grade Premiers & Champions – Illawarra Stingrays
SL 1st Grade Premiership Runners Up – Illawarra Stingrays
SL 1st Grade Premiers – Western NSW Panthers FC
SL 1st Grade Champions – Illawarra Stingrays
PL Reserve Grade Premiership Runners Up – Marconi Stallions
PL Reserve Grade Premiers & Champions – Manly United FC
PL 1st Grade Premiership Runners Up – NWS Koalas
PL 1st Grade Premiers & Champions – Macarthur Rams
SL Fair Play Award – University NSW
SL Club Championship – Illawarra Stingrays
PL Fair Play Award – Manly United FC
PL Club Championship – Marconi Stallions
SL Golden Boot – Michelle Carney – Illawarra Stingrays
Debbie Tait Memorial Trophy (PL Golden Boot) – Stephanie Haim – Macarthur Rams
Media Award – Ross Anderson
PL Referee of the Year – Ariane Nemorin
PL Coach of the Year (1st Grade) – Matt Turvey – Macarthur Rams
SL GK of the Year – Claire Cherrington – Gladesville Ravens
PL GK of the Year – Emma-Kate Dewhurst – Sydney University
SL Reserve Grade POY Mellisah Parlato – St George
SL 1st Grade POY Gillian Rosconi – Western NSW Panthers FC
PL Reserve Grade POY Eilish Sheerin – Manly United
PL 1st Grade POY (Platinum Medal) Stephanie Haim – Macarthur Rams