Chris Triantis crowned 2012 Gold Medal Winner


A number of players and officials from the NSW Premier League were present on the evening as well as special guests such Central Coast Mariners Chairman Peter Turnbull, West Sydney Wanderers? Football Operations Manager John Tsatsimas, along with Football NSW Chairman Robert Sestan, and Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore.
The evening started with the ?Fair Play? award as Parrmatta FC and Bonnyrigg White Eagles shared the night?s first silverware.
The Under 20?s Golden Boot award was up next and Blacktown Spartans talented young attacker Hoysar Cakal took this out after scoring 15 goals for the year as he reaffirmed his position as one of the deadliest up and coming strikers in the business. The youngster was unable to collect his trophy as he was currently on trials in Turkey hoping for a professional contract.
The Golden Boot award was the next award which followed and Bonnyrigg White Eagle?s red-hot striker Robbie Younis took out the plaudits after he scored 19 goals in 21 matches.
Younis was certainly one of the key men in the Premiership winners NSW Premier League season which saw them finish fifteen points clear of Sydney Olympic and Marconi Stallions.
It was his second Golden Boot award in his NSW Premier League career after taking out the award in 2008.
The ever smiling Younis was pleased with his 2012 season and wanted to win further silverware with the Premiership his next objective with the White Eagles.
?It?s always special to collect such an award, I worked really hard in achieving this but I have to thank the boys as well as the coaching staff on what was a superb season for us all.
?It?s great to take out awards such as this but I am focusing on what lies ahead of us and that?s making the finals this season.?
The Media Award was up next and the Blacktown Advocate scooped this for their fantastic coverage of the competition, their award was presented by Football NSW Media Manager, Mark Stavroulakis.
Blacktown Advocate have been a staunch supporter of football for the past couple of years and have promoted the sport across all levels from junior, grassroots to elite.
The Advocate?s coverage this year has stepped up a notch due to the first ever Blacktown rivalry with Blacktown City FC taking on Blacktown Spartans which the paper covered fantastically.
Award recipient Peter Theodosiou played an integral role in the promotion of the sport being the key sports writer at the publication ? well done to the Blacktown Advocate and Peter.
A number of other media publications were thanked during the evening such as the Manly Daily, Blacktown Advocate, Fairfield Champion, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, Canterbury Bankstown Express, Inner West Courier, O Kosmos, The Croatian Herald, La Fiamma, Vesti, Goal Weekly and FourFourTwo.
Bonnyirgg White Eagles was then presented the Club Championship Award as the club excelled as an entire group for season 2012 as they finished up with 349 points while Sutherland Sharks finished second with 289 and Marconi Stallions finished third with 283.
The Club Championship is based on a points system from the efforts of the Grade 18, 20 and First Grade teams which are then combined and tallied at the end of the year.
The ?Goal of the Year? award was introduced last year and again in 2012 ten quality goals were packaged and put together where fans were able to vote for their best on the NSW Premier League?s official Facebook page which currently boasts close to three thousand members.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles? Tynan Diaz scooped the Goal of the Year with his fantastic drive in his side?s round 17 clash against Sydney United 58 where the Premiers recorded a 4-0 victory at the Bonnyrigg Sports Centre.
Diaz was pleased with the ?Goal of the Year? plaudits but wanted to end the season on a high with the Championship.
?It was certainly a goal I will never forget, it just dropped nicely for me and I was glad it hit the back of the net.
?I haven?t been renowned for scoring goals so I will take that but I?d rather a Championship medal ? that?s next on the list.?
Referees played a huge role in the NSW Premier League this season and it was fitting that well known whistleblower Kris-Griffiths Jones picked up the Referee of the Year award.
It has been a remarkable year for Griffiths-Jones who has been seen as one of the most experienced referees officiating in the NSW Premier League.
The Goalkeeper of the Year Award was up next and it was the Sydney Olympic FC number one Paul Henderson who took out the award.
The veteran shot stopper had another outstanding year and was again a pivotal member of the Sydney Olympic FC side.
?I felt honoured to have taken out the award this season as there were a number of quality keepers who did really well this year.
?It?s been a tough year for us but I know we will do all that we can to get Olympic to the Final this season like we did last year.?

The Coach of the Year award was up next and Bonnyrigg White Eagles? Brian Brown was the unanimous choice.
His side finished a mammoth fifteen points clear at the top of the table, a remarkable achievement indeed.  
It was ?Bomber? Brown?s fifth Coach of the Year award making him one of the most successful NSW Premier League coaches in the history of the competition.
The Scotsman was delighted with yet another trophy to add to his cabinet.
?Had you told me that we were going to win the league by fifteen points at the start of the season I would have thought you?d be dreaming but we achieved this and I couldn?t have been happier for the boys.
?It was a solid showing by the entire squad and coaching staff especially with my partner in crime Cliff Pointer but the year isn?t over just yet ? we have finals football to concentrate on.
?Overall I am honoured with this award but this really was a team effort.?
Running for the fifth year in a row for Football NSW, an All Stars team was picked which showcased the best 11 players that took part in the NSW Premier League in 2012.
Based on a points system which all official Football NSW journalists took part in during the course of the 22 rounds, eleven players were selected in various positions highlighting their fantastic performances for season 2012.
Each player and coach was awarded a special jersey with their name and number thanks to Football NSW?s official apparel partner hummel.
The 2012 Football NSW All Stars team was as follows:

1. Paul Henderson (Sydney Olympic  FC)
2. Askin Oygur (Rockdale City Suns)
3. David Vrankovic (Bonnyrigg White Eagles
4. Travis Major (Blacktown City FC)
5. Chris Tadrosse (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
6. Nick Stavroulakis (Sutherland Sharks)
7. Tynan Diaz (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
8. Chris Triantis (Sydney Olympic FC)
9. Robbie Younis (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
10. Joe Gibbs (Marconi Stallions)
11. Panny Nikas (Sutherland Sharks)
Coach: Brian Brown (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
Marconi Stallions striker Joey Gibbs was pleased with his recognition in the All Stars selection.
?It?s great to be surrounded by a group of players whom the journalists felt had a good season.
?I was fortunate enough to have had a great team working alongside me and assisted me many times this year ? players like Shane Webb, Nahuel Arrarte and James Chronopoulos were some of the guys that assisted with my performances.?
Even though the Sutherland Sharks failed to finish in the top five for 2012, Stavroulakis alongside fellow team mate Panny Nikas were happy to have been chosen for the All Stars squad.
?It was a tough year for us at Sutherland, we had a few off matches which really cost us our season but as a team we played some great football.
?I was happy to have linked up with players such as Panny and the rest of the boys who continual put in one hundred percent to make everyone?s job on the pitch that much easier.?
The time had come to select the Grade 20 Player of the Year and after calculating all the points it went down to the wire with two joint winners, Sutherland Sharks? Christopher Naumoff and Sydney United 58 FC?s Marko Vukovic.

Both Naumoff and Vukovic put on amazing displays for their respective clubs which saw them pip the some of the state?s most promising talent to the award, including Harry Brown, Nikola Taneski, Nick Olsen and Ben Cornish.
The final points tally for the Grade 20 Player of the Year ended like this (Top Five):

Christopher Naumoff (Sutherland Sharks) 20
Marko Vukovic (Sydney United 58 FC) 20
Harry Brown (Blacktown City FC) 16
Nikola Taneski (APIA Leichhardt Tigers) 15
Nick Olsen (Sutherland Sharks) 14
Ben Cornish (Sutherland Sharks) 14
The stage was set for the final award of the evening and that was the prestigious Gold Medal for 2012.
After 22 rounds the Gold Medal was presented to Sydney Olympic FC?s talismanic midfielder, Chris Triantis.
In what was a first Gold Medal taken out by a Sydney Olympic player, Triantis was in majestic form for 2012 and played a pivotal role in the Blues? midfield providing not only quality services to his fellow attackers but scoring a number of important goals.
The former Hyundai A-League player who was part of both Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets was ecstatic upon receiving the competition?s top gong.
Triantis was stunned with award but accepted it with open arms promoting the fact that it was all done to his fellow teammates at Olympic.
?To be honest I am quite shocked with this honour.
?I am flattered that I have been given this prestigious medal and I want to thank the coaching staff and my entire team for having made this possible for me.
?I felt like I had an ok season, the results weren?t as good as what we wanted but we still have the finals series and I want to work as hard as possible to achieve that feeling of winning another Championship with the boys.?
The final points tally for the Gold Medal ended like this:

Chris Triantis (Sydney Olympic FC) 21
Carlos Saliadarre (Blacktown Spartans) 16
Tynan Diaz (Bonnyrigg White Eagles) 16
Mark Picciolini (South Coast Wolves) 16
Panny Nikas (Sutherland Sharks) 16
Daniel Severino (Marconi Stallions) 15
Phil Makrys (Sydney Olympic FC) 15

2012 Gold Medal Dinner Award Winners List
Fair Play ?
Parramatta FC and Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Golden Boot Grade 20s ?
Hoysar Cakal
Golden Boot 1st Grade ?
Robbie Younis
Media Award ?
The Blacktown Advocate
Club Championship ?
Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Referee of the Year Award ?
Kris Griffiths-Jones
Goalkeeper of the Year Award ?
Paul Henderson (Sydney Olympic FC)
Coach of the Year ?
Brian Brown (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
Grade 20 Player of the Year ?
Christopher Naumoff (Sutherland Sharks) and Marko Vukovic (Sydney United 58)
Gold Medal ?
Chris Triantis (Sydney Olympic)

Previous Gold Medal Winners
2000/2001 ? Steve Lazzari (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2001/2002 ? Daniel Macor (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2002/2003 ? James Monie (Central Coast Coasties)
2003/2004 ? Ilija Prenzoski (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2004/2005 ? Robbie Cattanach (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2006 ? Tolgay Ozbey (Blacktown City Demons)
2007 ? Robbie Cattanach (Manly United)
2008 ? Brendan Gan (Sutherland Sharks)
2009 ? Bradley Boardman (Sutherland Sharks)
2010 ? Tolgay Ozbey (Blacktown City FC)
2011 ? Steve Hayes (Sydney United)
2012 ? Chris Triantis (Sydney Olympic  FC)

Previous Grade 20 Player of the Year Winners
2000/2001 ? Marc Falzon (Central Coast Coasties), Matias Gulle (Canterbury Marrickville) & Carlo Musumeci (Sutherland Shire)
2001/2002 ? Phillip Badolato (Fairfield Bulls)
2002/2003 ? Milorad Simonovic (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
2003/2004 ? Ben Gough (Parramatta Eagles)
2004/2005 ? Adam D?Apuzzo (Marconi Stallions)
2006 ? Ken Chun (Marconi Stallions)
2007 ? Chris Bedzo (Blacktown City Demons) & Glen Trifiro (Marconi Stallions)
2008 ? Daniel Rezo (Sydney United)
2009 ? Steven Veleski (Sydney United)
2010 ? Steven Veleski (Sydney United)
2011 ? Marco Sama (Marconi Stallions) & Klim Gjoreski (Sutherland Sharks)
2012 ? Christopher Naumoff (Sutherland Sharks) & Marko Vukovic (Sydney United 58 FC)

Previous Goalkeeper of the Year Winners
2000/2001 ? Darren Moore (Central Coast Coasties)
2001/2002 ? Jason Holmes (Parramatta Eagles)
2002/2003 ? John Crawley (Blacktown City Demons)
2003/2004 ? John Crawley (Blacktown City Demons)
2004/2005 ? Clint Bolton (A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers)
2006 ? Ivan Necevski (Blacktown City Demons)
2007 ? Matthew Nash (A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers)
2008 ? Matthew Nash (A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers)
2009 ? Vedran Janjetovic (Sydney United)
2010 ? James Chronopoulos (Marconi Stallions)
2011 – Brody Crane (South Coast Wolves)
2012 ? Paul Henderson (Sydney Olympic  FC)

Previous Coach of the Year Winners
2000/2001 ? Brian Brown (Blacktown City Demons)
2001/2002 ? Tam Finlayson (Parramatta Eagles)
2002/2003 ? Brian Brown (Blacktown City Demons)
2003/2004 ? Chris Tanzey (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2004/2005 ? Chris Tanzey (Belconnen Blue Devils)
2006 ? Aytek Genc (Blacktown City Demons)
2007 ? Aytek Genc (Blacktown City Demons)
2008 ? Brian Brown (Sutherland Sharks)
2009 ? Ante Milicic (Sydney United)
2010 ? Brian Brown (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
2011 ? Peter Tsekenis (Sydney Olympic  FC)
2012 ? Brian Brown (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)

Previous Leading Goalscorer Winners
2000/2001 ? Steve Lazzari (Belconnen Blue Devils) & Darren Iocca (Fairfield Bulls)
2001/2002 ? Jim Aschner (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
2002/2003 ? James Monie (Central Coast Coasties)
2003/2004 ? Matthew Borg (Bankstown City Lions)
2004/2005 ? Adam Kwasnik (Blacktown City Demons)
2006 ? Tolgay Ozbey (Blacktown City Demons)
2007 ? Tolgay Ozbey (Blacktown City Demons)
2008 ? Robbie Younis (A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers)
2009 ? Matthew Mayora (Sydney Olympic)
2010 – Tolgay Ozbey (Blacktown City FC)
2011 ? Luka Glavas (Sydney United)
2012 ? Robbie Younis (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)

Previous Referee of the Year Winners
2000/2001 ? Greg Leverton
2001/2002 ? Nick Asargiotis
2002/2003 ? Greg Leverton
2003/2004 ? Jonathan Streater
2004/2005 ? Srbere Delovski
2006 ? Peter Vrtkovski
2007 ? Srbere Delovski
2008 ? Jonathan Streater
2009 ? Peter Vrtkovski
2010 ? Kris Griffiths-Jones
2011 ? Alex Glasgow
2012 ? Kris Griffiths-Jones
Previous 1st Grade Premiers
2000/2001 ? Blacktown City Demons
2001/2002 ? Parramatta Eagles
2002/2003 ? Blacktown City Demons
2003/2004 ? Belconnen Blue Devils
2004/2005 ? Blacktown City Demons
2006 ? Blacktown City Demons
2007 ? Blacktown City Demons
2008 ? Sutherland Sharks
2009 ? Sydney United
2010 ? Bonnyrigg White Eagles
2011 ? Sydney Olympic
2012 ? Bonnyrigg White Eagles

Previous 1st Grade Champions
2000/2001 ? Bonnyrigg White Eagles
2001/2002 ? Parramatta Eagles
2002/2003 ? A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers
2003/2004 ? Bankstown City Lions
2004/2005 ? Bankstown City Lions
2006 ? Sydney United
2007 ? Blacktown City Demons
2008 ? Wollongong FC
2009 ? Sutherland Sharks
2010 ? Blacktown City FC
2011 ? Sydney Olympic