Inspirational midfielder Thomas Broich has capped off a memorable maiden season in the Hyundai A-League by claiming the coveted Gary Wilkins Player of the Year Award at Brisbane Roar’s presentation dinner, while captain Matt McKay took home two prestigious awards of his own.
Signed from German side FC Nuremberg prior to season start, Broich’s dazzling footwork, endless energy and pinpoint crosses quickly made him one of the most dangerous players in the Hyundai A-League and with six goals and 14 assists to his name, the 30-year-old is a worthy recipient of the club’s highest honour.
Local boy Matt McKay’s rise to success over the past twelve months was also rewarded as he was named as both Brisbane Roar Players’ Player and Brisbane Roar Members Player of the Year after leading the side to the Hyundai A-League premiership and championship double in his first full season wearing the captain’s armband.
It’s been an outstanding year for McKay, who as well as his overwhelmingly consistent club form, cemented his position in the Qantas Socceroos starting eleven during their AFC Asian Cup campaign where the squad narrowly missed out on victory and finished the tournament credibly as runners-up.
After finding the back of the net on 12 occasions, young New Zealander Kosta Barbarouses took out the Golden Boot award while dependable defender Matt Smith was named Queensland Roars Against Racism Multicultural Ambassador.
Gary Wilkins Player of the Year – Thomas Broich
Brisbane Roar Players’ Player – Matt McKay
Brisbane Roar Members’ Player of the Year – Matt McKay
Queensland Roars Against Racism Multicultural Ambassador Award – Matt Smith
Brisbane Roar Chairman’s Club-person of the Year Award – Sam Escobar
Brisbane Roar Golden Boot Award – Kosta Barbarouses
Spotless Brisbane ROAR Volunteer of the Year Award – Ben Briskey and Nola Nielson
Player of the Year – Elise Kellond-Knight
Player’s Player of the Year – Aivi Luik
National Youth League
Player of the Year – James Donachie