Capital Football held their NPL/CPL awards night recently to celebrate the first full season of football since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Stellar individual seasons were rewarded as Talia Backhouse took out the NPL Women’s Player of the Year, Jordan Thurtell taking out the NPL Men’s Player of the Year after some incredible performances in goal, and Sam Walker being a cut above the rest in the CPL Men’s.
Winning the Golden Boot proved no easy accomplishment as Daniel Barac netted 16 times in 2022, Brittany Palombi scoring on 20 occasions, and Sam Walker proving his quality with 20 goals.
With plenty of quality teams led by some incredible coaches, winning Coach of the year was no easy feat. After a dominant league season in which they only lost twice, Canberra Croatia’s Dean Ugrinic took out the award in the NPL Men’s. Belconnen United’s youthful side kept pace with two powerhouse sides, making their way to an unexpected Grand Final apperance, their leader Scott Conlon taking Coach of the Year honours. Bouncing back from the disappointment of relegation, Tuggeranong’s Mitch Stevens led the side to a League Premiers and Grand Final win, along with promotion back to the NPL.
Congratulations to all award winners from the night, and to those selected in the respective Teams of the Year.
Golden Boot: Daniel Barac (16 Goals) – Canberra Croatia FC
Player of the Year: Jordan Thurtell – Monaro Panthers FC
Golden Boot: Brittany Palombi (20 Goals) – Canberra Croatia FC
Player of the Year: Talia Backhouse – Belconnen United FC
Golden Boot: Sam Walker (20 Goals) – Tuggeranong United FC
Player of the Year: Sam Walker – Tuggeranong United FC
Coach of the Year:
NPL Men: Dean Ugrinic – Canberra Croatia FC
NPL Women: Scott Conlon – Belconnen United FC
CPL Men: Mitch Stevens – Tuggeranong United FC
Team of the Year