See who picked up the top honours from the Dolan Warren Awards 2021

Three stars of Australian domestic football have been recognised for outstanding performances over the past season, as part of the annual celebration of the A-League and Westfield W-League’s finest moments.

Milos Ninkovic from Sydney FC and Ulises Davila from Wellington Phoenix were named joint winners of the Johnny Warren Medal for the A-League 2020/21 Season with Michelle Heyman from Canberra United named the Julie Dolan Medallist, the Westfield W-League’s highest honour.

Milos and Ulises both received 34 points from a panel that included former professional players, technical experts, match officials and media representatives. They were followed by Alessandro Diamanti (Western United FC – 31 points), Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City FC – 29 points) and Oliver Bozanic (Central Coast Mariners – 27 points).

To claim the Julie Dolan medal, Michelle Heyman received 19 points and was followed by Emily Gielnik (Brisbane Roar FC) & Kyra Cooney-Cross (both 17 points) and Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC) & Emily Condon (Adelaide United (both 12 points)


Kyra Cooney-Cross (Melbourne Victory) was the winner of the Westfield W-League Young Footballer of the Year Award and Joel King ((Sydney FC) was named the A-League Young Footballer of the Year.

Patrick Kisnorbo (Melbourne City FC) received the A-League Coach of the Year Award after claiming the Premiers Plate in his first season, and Jeff Hopkins from Melbourne Victory named the Westfield W-League Coach of the Year also for the second time after winning the Westfield W-League 2021 Grand Final.


Melbourne City FC’s Jamie Maclaren was the Nike Golden Boot Award winner in the A-League with his record breaking 25 goals. Brisbane Roar FC’s Emily Gielnik claimed the Westfield W-League Golden Boot Awards courtesy of her 13 goals throughout the 2020/21 season.


Tegan Micah (Melbourne City FC) claimed the Westfield W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Award with Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC) and Mark Birighitti (Central Coast Mariners) named joint recipients of the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Lisa De Vanna from the Melbourne Victory scored the Westfield W-League 2020/21 Goal of the Year for her strike against Melbourne City in Round 3. Andy Keogh from Perth Glory scored the A-League the Goal of the Year Award for his long-range bomb against the Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the 24th minute of their Round 21 fixture.


In a first for the Awards, Professional Footballers Australia’s annual player-voted A-League Team of the Season was revealed, while the already announced Westfield W-League Team of the Season was also acknowledged. Based on peer recognition, selection in the TOTS remains one of the highest accolades a professional footballer can receive in Australia. The A-League team included joint Johnny Warren Medalist Ulises Davila while Patrick Kisnorbo was named its Head Coach.

Elsewhere, Brisbane Roar FC won the A-League Fair Play & Westfield W-League Fair Play Awards after accruing the least number of yellow and red card points in each respective competition

In the referee awards, Chris Beath was awarded the A-League Referee of the Year with Rebecca Durcau claiming the Westfield W-League’s Referee of the Year Award.