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Georgievski wins Joe Marston Medal

NZN 7/05/2017 Ben McKay

In his last game for the club, Melbourne Victory defender Daniel Georgievski has won the Joe Marston Medal for best on ground in the A-League grand final.

Georgievski was a bustling presence at left back for Victory, competing strongly all night and pushing forward whenever possible.

But his efforts weren't enough for Victory, who lost Sunday's decider 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time.

The leading contenders for the prize were all Victory players, with veterans Carl Valeri and Alan Baro also standout performers.

Sydney FC midfielder Josh Brillante was awarded the broadcaster's man of the match award.

It was revealed three weeks ago that Georgievski has agreed a deal to play with wooden spooners Newcastle Jets next season.

The crestfallen 29-year-old accepted the prestigious medal without speaking on the dais, but spoke to reporters after the match.

"I would prefer to win (the match) to tell you the truth," Georgievski said.

"It's a good feeling and a bad feeling. More bad.

"I'm proud I've been able to be involved in his club for three years and win one."

Victory coach Kevin Muscat said he saw Georgievski's "outstanding" performance as part of a fearsome back four.

"If you look at us last week, our defensive intensity and defensive structure gave us a platform to go on and win that game," he said.

"It was no different tonight. Danny was part of that.

"I'm really pleased for him because he was outstanding.

"He wasn't on his own. There were some really big performances tonight.

"It's unfortunate because (the result) could have been so different."

Georgievski joins Mat Ryan (2011), Jacob Burns (2012) and joint-winner Iacopo La Rocca (2014) as winners of the medal in a losing team.

JOE MARSTON MEDALLISTS

2017 - Daniel Georgievski (Melbourne Victory)

2016 - Isaias (Adelaide United)

2015 - Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)

2014 - Thomas Broich (Brisbane) and Iacopo La Rocca (Western Sydney)

2013 - Daniel McBreen (Central Coast)

2012 - Jacob Burns (Perth Glory)

2011 - Mat Ryan (Central Coast)

2010 - Simon Colosimo (Sydney)

2009 - Ton Pondeljak (Melbourne Victory)

2008 - Andrew Durante (Newcastle Jets)

2007 - Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)

2006 - Dwight Yorke (Sydney)

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