Silver Medal Dinner a success as Juan Chavez claims top award


The talk of the evening was who would land this season?s 2009 Super League Player of the Year award which was taken out by Northern Tigers goalkeeper Stuart Page in 2008 but prior to that being announced, a flurry of other awards were announced.
Starting from the State League Two Camden Tigers? goal machine Grant Mackechnie picked the Golden Boot award after smashing home 20 goals for 2009. The 25-year-old lethal marksman was part of the Premiership winning Tigers outfit that narrowly missed out on taking the double as Colo Colo Wanderers took out the Championship.
The Tigers also took out the Grade 20 Premiership however Gladesville Ryde Magic reigned supreme winning the Championship.
The stage was set for the State League 2 Player of the Year and it was a Tigers player yet again in Player/Manager Benjamin Green who took all the plaudits. The 33-year-old was simply outstanding for Camden and was really the heart and soul of the side that conquered the competition.

Moving along to State League 1 and it was Dulwich Hill?s sharpshooter Neil Philippou who won the honours of the 2009 Golden Boot award winner after notching 18 goals for the season. The 27-year-old was in devastating form for as his goals played a major role in securing the club winning the Premiership for 2009.
Sydney Wanderers? rising young star Peter Spinos was awarded the State League 1 Grade Player of the Year in what was a fantastic season for the club who also picked up the Reserve Grade Championship.
Schofields Scorpions were awarded the State League 1 Reserve Grade Premiership while Dulwich Hill took out the Premiership with Mounties FC winning the Championship.
The major award for State League 1 went to the wire but it was Mounties FC?s key midfielder Daniel McCann who took all the honours in being awarded the Player of the Year award. The industrial midfielder played a pivotal role in the Mounties? successful season and was no doubt the pick of the lot in what was a tremendous year for the competition.
Finally in the Super League category it was the Northern Tigers who claimed all the gongs in the Reserve Grade category as they took out the Premiership and Championship for 2009.
The Tigers? promising youngster Nathan Millgate was crowned the 2009 Grade 20 Player of the Year with his outstanding performances in the respective competition and the 20-year-old been earmarked as one to watch out for in 2010.
The Rockdale City Suns were superior in the First Grade as they won the 2009 Super League Premiership while newly promoted Spirit FC took out the Championship in what was a fairytale run for Jason Van Blerk?s side.

St George Saints? deadly marksman Juan Chavez was in scintillating form as he struck 24 times to have been awarded the 2009 Super League Golden Boot award.
Chavez took out a similar award in 2008 when he was joint top scorer in the State League 1 competition with his former club Stanmore Hawks.
Sydney University?s number one goalkeeper James Lowery received the accolade for being crowned the 2009 Super League Goalkeeper of the Year award while Rockdale City Suns coach Mile Todoroski was once again named 2009 Super League Coach of the Year. It was Todoroski?s second Coach of the Year award after taking out the 2008 title coaching FC Bossy Liverpool. The 59-year-old steered the Suns to a historic Premiership victory with Todoroski?s expertise playing a key role in securing this title.
The scene was set for the final award namely the Super League Player of the Year award which went to Chavez again as the Saints? lethal centre-forward capped off a brilliant year.
The 26-year-old?s performances in the Super League for the Saints caught the attention of many rival clubs but rumours circulated the room that one of NSW?s hottest strikers was being chased by a host of Premier League clubs with Bonnyrigg White Eagles winning the race in signing the talented attacker. The White Eagles have now signed Chavez the Silver Medal winner as well as the 2009 Gold Medal winner in Bradley Boardman from the Sutherland Sharks for 2010.

Football NSW ?Fair Play? awards were also given on the night as Springwood took out the State League Two honour while UNSW took out State League 1 and the Central Coast Lightning the Super League plaudit.
Other notable awards on the evening was the Referee of the Year which went to Kodhr Yaghi for the second year running while the Media Award was presented to the Liverpool Champion for its outstanding efforts promoting the Super League competition.
Hurstville City Minotaurs? Peter ?the General? Sarikakis received the honourable Charles Valentine Medal for his outstanding services for the game.

Few people can claim to have played competitive football for 37 years; even less to coaching for an additional 30 and fewer still responsible for the naming and harvesting of an entire club throughout a single career ? Sarikakis however can put his hand up admirably for this having built up the Hurstville City Minotaurs from scratch and is continuing his passion in running the club for years to come.
2009 Silver Medal Awards
State League 2 Awards
State League 2 Reserve Grade Premiers ? Camden Tigers
State League 2 Reserve Grade Champions ? Gladesville Ryde Magic
State League 2 First Grade Premiers ? Camden Tigers
State League 2 First Grade Champions ? Colo Colo Wanderers
State League 2 Fair Play Award – Springwood
State League 2 Golden Boot ? Grant Mackechnie (Camden Tigers) 20 goals
State League 2 Player of the Year Award ? Benjamin Green (Camden Tigers)

State League 1 Awards
State League 1 Reserve Grade Premiers ? Schofields Scorpions
State League 1 Reserve Grade Champions ? Sydney Wanderers
State League 1 First Grade Premiers ? Dulwich Hill
State League 1 First Grade Champions ? Mounties FC
State League 1 Fair Play Award – UNSW
State League 1 Golden Boot ? Neil Philippou (Dulwich Hill) 18 goals
State League 1 Grade 20 Player of the Year Award ? Peter Spinos (Sydney Wanderers)
State League 1 Player of the Year Award ? Daniel McCann (Mounties FC)

Super League Awards
Super League Reserve Grade Premiers ? Northern Tigers
Super League Reserve Grade Champions ? Northern Tigers
Super League First Grade Premiers ? Rockdale City Suns
Super League First Grade Champions ? Spirit FC
Super League Fair Play Award ? Central Coast Lightning
Super League Golden Boot ? Juan Chavez (St George Saints) 24 goals
Super League Grade 20 Player of the Year Award ? Nathan Millgate (Northern Tigers)
Super League Player of the Year Award ? Juan Chavez (St George Saints)
Super League Goalkeeper of the Year ? James Lowery (Sydney University)
Super League Coach of the Year – Mile Todoroski (Rockdale City Suns)
Referee of the Year – Kodhr Yaghi         
Charles Valentine Medal ? Peter Sarikakis (Hurstville City Minotaurs)
Media Award ? Liverpool Champion

Club Persons of the Year
Super League
Central Coast Lightning – Charlie Borg
FC Bossy Liverpool – Ema Alagic
Fraser Park FC – Jarek Pacholski
Granville Rage – Mel Morizzi
Macarthur Rams – Christine Wicker
Mt Druitt Town – Steve Fitzgerald
Northern Tigers – N/A
PCYC Parramatta Eagles – Ronnie Grima & Tony Buttigieg
Rockdale City Suns – Zak Agioski
Spirit FC – N/A
St George FC – Peter Rowney
Sydney University – N/A
State League 1
Balmain SC – N/A
Blacktown Spartans – Jim Neal
Dulwich Hill SC – Jacinto Da Silva
Fairfield City Lions – Ayhan Cetinay
Hills Brumbies ? N/A
Hurstville ZFC – Sinisa Vujica
Inter Lions SC – Aldo Di Mento
Mounties FC – George Penfold
Schofield Scorpions – Peter Daglis
Stanmore Hawks – Soteris Mavros
Sydney Wanderers FC – Dragan Milicevic
UNSW ? N/A    
State League  2
Springwood ? Martin Doran

Previous Silver Medal Winners
2001 ? Leo Carle (Rockdale City Suns)
2002 ? Tim Gledhill (Hajduk Wanderers)
2003 ? Robert Portelli (Ryde City Gunners) & Peter Munsie (Macarthur Rams)
2004 ? Robert Smithies (Sydney University)
2005 ? Ryan O?Shea (Fairfield Bulls)
2006 ? Paul Davies (Northern Tigers) & Sash Tirovski (Rockdale City Suns)
2007 ? Elsid Barkhousir (Mt Druitt Town Rangers)
2008 ? Stuart Page (Northern Tigers)
2009 ? Juan Chavez (St George Saints)

Previous Super League Coach of the Year Winners
2001 ? Bill Pilovski (Dulwich Hill)
2002 ? Tommy McCulloch (Hajduk Wanderers)
2003 ? Ian Gillan (Fraser Park)
2004 ? Stewart Porter (Sydney University)
2005 ? Jimmy Campbell (Sydney University)
2006 ? Zlatko Nastevski (Rockdale City Suns)
2007 ? Hugh McCrory (Northern Tigers)
2008 ? Mile Todoroski (FC Bossy Liverpool)
2009 ? Mile Todoroski (Rockdale City Suns)
Previous Super League Goalkeeper of the Year Winners
2001 ? Claudio Fernandez (AC United)
2002 ? Peco Trajcevski (Rockdale City Suns)
2003 ? Daniel Schwarzer (Hajduk Wanderers United)
2004 ? Daniel Schwarzer (Hajduk Wanderers United)
2005 ? Daniel Schwarzer (Hajduk Wanderers United)
2006 ? Fernando Greco (Penrith Nepean United)
2007 ? Trinity Allen (St George FC)
2008 ? Ali Akbal (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
2009 ? James Lowery (Sydney University)

Previous Super League Golden Boot of the Year Winners
2001 ? Marc Hoenselaars (Fairfield Bulls)
2002 ? Hamilton Thorp (Manly Warringah Dolphins)
2003 ? Tanju Balabanel (Sydney Crescent Star)
2004 ? Dimitri Zakilas (Hurstville City Minotaurs) & Brent Fisher (Manly Warringah Dolphins)
2005 ? Alex Asanovic (FC Bossy Liverpool)
2006 ? Neil Philippou (Stanmore Hawks)
2007 ? Jason Kencevski (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
2008 ? Alexander Canak (FC Bossy Liverpool)
2009 ? Juan Chavez (St George Saints)

Previous State League 1 Player of the Year Winners
2001 ? Freddy Umlil (Sydney University)
2002 ? Danny Poljak (White City)
2003 ? Anel Kutovic (Liverpool Bossy)
2004 ? Sam Mort (Nepean Association)
2005 ? Ben Lam (Hills United)
2006 ? Daniel Borg (Fairfield Bulls)
2007 ? Timothy West (Schofields Scorpions) & Norman Tome (Dulwich Hill)
2008 ? Michael Frost (Dulwich Hill)
2009 ? Daniel McCann (Mounties FC)

Previous State League 2 Player of the Year Winners
2001 ? Chris Barry (Parramatta City)
2002 ? Mike Gibson (Schofields Scorpions)
2003 ? John Pillemer (Hakoah)
2004 ? David Apps (Greystanes)
2005 ? Stephen Waite (Kellyville Kolts)
2006 ? Stephen Waite (Kellyville Kolts)
2007 ? Richard Derigo (Prospect United)
2008 ? Gianpaolo Buonavoglia (Balmain FC)
2009 ? Benjamin Green (Camden Tigers)

Previous Referee of the Year Winners
2001 ? Greg Leverton
2002 ? Nick Asargiotis
2003 ? Simon Praydacz
2004 ? Alex Glasgow
2005 ? Simon Micallef
2006 ? Matthew Breeze
2007 ? Kristian Griffiths-Jones
2008 ? Kodhr Yaghi
2009 ? Kodhr Yaghi

-By Mark Stavroulakis