Brisbane Roar’s German star Thomas Broich has taken out the Johnny Warren Medal at the A-League 2011-2012 awards in Sydney.
Broich received 390 votes from his playing peers, ahead of teammate Besart Berisha (ineligible due to suspension) on 252 votes and Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson on 243 votes.
It was the fourth year in a row that Australian football's highest individual award went to a foreigner.
New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz won in 2009, Costa Rica midfielder Carlos Hernandez landed the prize in 2010 and Argentine midfielder Marcos Flores prevailed in 2011.
Sally Shipard was rewarded for her impressive form in the heart of midfield in Canberra United’s unbeaten championship season with the Julie Dolan Medal ahead of Melbourne Victory’s Jodie Taylor and Brisbane Roar’s Tameka Butt.
Central Coast Mariners' Mathew Ryan was honoured with the goalkeeper of the year award.
Ryan was also named NAB young footballer of the year for the second consecutive season and presented with a $10,000 investment portfolio.
Brisbane marksman Berisha collected the golden boot award courtesy of his 19-goal haul during the regular season.
After claiming the Premiers’ Plate, Central Coast Mariners head coach Graham Arnold picked up the coach of the year award.
Melbourne Victory midfielder Carlos Hernandez picked up the goal of the year award for his Week 19 effort against the Mariners while Brisbane Roar received the fair play award for the second season running for accruing the least number of yellow and red cards.
Brisbane youngster Nick Fitzgerald was named National Youth League player of the year while Jarred Gillett picked up the best referee award
Lydia Williams was named W-League goalkeeper of the year and players’ player of the year while Melbourne Victory youngster Ashley Brown was named young player of the year.
Canberra United’s Michelle Heyman won golden boot honours for her 12 goals from 10 matches with her team also securing the fair play award with joint recipient Melbourne Victory.
Canberra’s Czech coach Jitka Klimkova won coach of the year in her debut season while referee of the year went to Kate Jacewicz for the third consecutive season.
List of Winners
Johnny Warren Medal: Thomas Broich, Brisbane Roar
Young Footballer of the Year: Mathew Ryan, Central Coast Mariners
A-League Goalkeeper of the Year (Golden Glove): Mathew Ryan, Central Coast Mariners
Golden Boot: Besart Berisha, Brisbane Roar, 19 Goals
Goal of the Year: Carlos Hernandez, Melbourne Victory FC (Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners, 10-Feb-12)
A-League Coach of the Year: Graham Arnold, Central Coast Mariners
A-League Fair Play Award: Brisbane Roar
Julie Dolan Medal: Sally Shipard, Canberra United
Young Player of the Year: Ashley Brown, Melbourne Victory
W-League Player's Player of the Year: Lydia Williams, Canberra United FC
W-League Goalkeeper of the Year (Golden Glove): Lydia Williams, Canberra United
W-League Golden Boot: Michelle Heyman, Canberra United, 12 Goals
W-League Goal of the Year: Racheal Quigley, Adelaide United (Perth Glory v Adelaide United, 5-Nov-11)
W-League Coach of the Year: Jitka Klimkova, Canberra United
W-League Fair Play Award: Melbourne Victory FC & Canberra United (Joint Winners)
National Youth League
National Youth League Player of the Year: Nick Fitzgerald, Brisbane Roar FC
National Youth League Golden Boot: Mitchell Mallia, Sydney FC, 13 Goals
National Youth League Fair Play Award: Brisbane Roar FC
A-League Referee of the Year: Jarred Gillett
W-League Referee of the Year: Kate Jacewicz