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Diego Castro wins Johnny Warren Medal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/04/2016

Perth Glory star Diego Castro has won the A-League's highest individual honour, the Johnny Warren Medal.

Canberra United's Ashleigh Sykes took out the W-League's top gong, the Julie Dolan Medal, at the Dolan Warren Awards in Sydney on Tuesday night.

Spanish winger Castro (34 votes) trumped Melbourne City duo Aaron Mooy (33) and Bruno Fornaroli (27), Brisbane's Jamie Maclaren (27) and Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca (23) for the Johnny Warren Medal.

Castro has been the driving force behind the Glory's return to the A-League finals.

The former La Liga player scored 13 goals and got four assists in his first Australian season.

A new-look panel featuring former players, media, referees and technical staff voted on each of the 135 regular-season matches to decide on the winner.

Uruguayan strike sensation Fornaroli took home the Golden Boot award for his record 23 regular-season goals, while Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor was named coach of the year for steering the Reds' stunning turnaround from dead last to winning the Premiers Plate and now preparing for Sunday's grand final against Western Sydney.

Melbourne City's Danish gloveman Thomas Sorensen collected the goalkeeper of the year award while Jamie Maclaren was named young footballer of the year.

Central Coast striker Roy O'Donovan's superb strike against Adelaide in round 25 was named goal of the year.

Larissa Crummer took out the W-League young footballer of the year award and the Golden Boot gong with 11 goals.

Meanwhile Jarred Gillet was again named A-League referee of the year.

In an award that may raise some eyebrows, Western Sydney was given the first Community Champion trophy.

The award was given by Football Federation Australia in recognition of their corporate social responsibility programs.

"The Wanderers' work has impacted the lives of the local community by creating awareness and raising funds to address the issues of domestic violence, bullying and racism throughout the western Sydney region," the FFA said.

The Wanderers were fined $50,000 by the FFA in February after ongoing violence problems with their fan group, including one incident in which 19 flares were lit simultaneously in the crowd.

A-LEAGUE AWARDS

Johnny Warren Medal (Player of the Year): Diego Castro (Perth Glory)

Young Footballer of the Year: Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)

Goalkeeper of the Year: Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City)

Golden Boot Award: Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City, 23 goals)

Goal of the Year: Roy O'Donovan (Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide, round 25)

Coach of the Year: Guillermo Amor (Adelaide United)

Referee of the Year: Jarred Gillett

W-LEAGUE AWARDS

Julie Dolan Medal (Player of the Year): Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United)

Young Footballer of the Year: Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City)

Players Player of the Year: Kim Little (Melbourne City)

Goalkeeper of the Year: Kaitlyn Savage (Adelaide United)

Goal of the Year: Vanessa Di Bernardo (Perth Glory, round 5)

Coach of the Year: Craig Deans (Newcastle Jets)

Golden Boot Award: Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City)

Referee of the Year: Kate Jacewicz

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