3ZZZ goes into all the news and upcoming games for the Men’s and Women’s 2023 NPL Victoria season.
Last week Football Victoria’s top performers from season 2023 were recognised at the annual NPL Gold Medal Night. A panoply of players, coaches and officials, celebrated the best of the best in another wonderful season of football.
South Melbourne’s ever present defender Jake Marshall took the top honours as the winner of the 2023 NPLM Gold Medal for the best player of the season. The other winners on the night for the NPLM Awards were Jonas Markovski of Altona Magic won both the Player’s Player Award and the Golden Boot for top scorer. Javi Lopez of South Melbourne won Goalkeeper of the Year for the second year in a row. And Ben Cahn of Melbourne Knights and Zoran Markovski of Avondale shared the honours for Coach of the Year.
Meanwhile for the NPLW, Kurea Okino from Boroondara won the NPLW Gold Medal as well as the Player’s Player award and the Golden Boot in what was an amazing season! Natalie Picak of Calder United won Goalkeeper of the Year, and Loui Spiridis of Bayside was crowned Coach of the Year.
On Saturday at The Home of Matilda’s, Bulleen Lion’s and South Melbourne did battle for the NPLW Victoria Grand Final.
It was a high scoring affair as South Melbourne won the grand final, 4-2.
The first two goals came from direct corners in the 14th minute by Tayla Christensen and in the 28th minute by Akeisha Sandhu, while the other two goals were scored in the 70th minute by Danielle Wise and in the 87th minute by Zoe Lambi. Bulleen’s goals were scored in the 22nd minute and 94th′ by Maja Markovski.
On Sunday at Olympic Village, it was time for the NPLM Grand Final between Avondale and South Melbourne.
Unfortunately for South Melbourne they couldn’t make amends for their loss last year, and were defeated by Avondale 4-0.
The goals came from Zander Guy and Stefan Zinni in the first half, then Liam Boland and Liston Diaz in the second.
Congratulations to all the winners throughout all the divisions in the Football Victoria pyramid!
That’s all for the NPL News Update for this season. We’d like to thank Football Victoria, the South Melbourne Football Club and everyone for listening. I’ve been Rebecca Maakasa, thank you very much for listening to our NPL News Podcast, we hope to see you again next season. Bye for now!