SYDNEY FC shot-stopper Ivan Necevski has completed a remarkable late season rise by taking out the club Player of the Year award at the 2011-12 Sky Blue Ball at Doltone House on Thursday.
Necevski joins Alex Brosque (three time winner), Clint Bolton and Robbie Middleby in taking out the award, which is voted on by all members of the Hyundai A-League playing squad.
Necevski played a big part in Sydney FC’s run into the A-League finals after taking over goalkeeping duties for the last seven matches of the season, helping lift the Sky Blues from seventh to fifth on the competition ladder. He also played a leading role in the 2-1 victory over Adelaide United in Round 3.
The 32-year-old played nine matches throughout the 2011/12 season with Sydney FC winning five of those clashes and losing just twice, one of which was the elimination final in Wellington.
Sydney FC Captain Terry McFlynn took out the Vitezslav Lavicka Clubman of the Year Award for his work in the Community and his leadership in helping the football department embrace the significant increase in the Community Program.
The Award was named in honour of Premiership/Championship winning coach Vitezslav Lavicka and awarded to the player who best displayed the Club’s five core values (Courage, Inspire, Be Passionate, Excellence and Family) on a daily basis.
Playmaker Nick Carle received due recognition after he won the 2011/12 Fans Player of the Year, as voted by the Sydney FC fans. Former winners are Steve Corica, David Carney and Alex Brosque.
Bruno Cazarine picked up the Golden Boot Award after scoring eight goals in 27 matches.
Midfielder Hagi Gligor, 17, showed why he has been handed an A-League contract for the 2012/13 season by winning the National Youth League Player of the Year while midfielder Teresa Polias took out the Westfield W-League Player of the Year Award.
Sydney FC 2011/12 Award winners are:
Hyundai A-League Players Player of the Year – Ivan Necevski
Vitezslav Lavicka Clubman of the Year Award – Terry McFlynn
Hyundai A-League Golden Boot – Bruno Cazarine
Hyundai A-League Fans Player of the Year – Nick Carle
National Youth League Player of the Year – Hagi Gligor
Westfield W-League Player of the Year – Teresa Polias