Player of the Year: Carpenter, Stott, Barbieri and van Egmond win top accolades

Melbourne City FC has named its Player of the Year following the Club’s historic fourth Westfield W-League Championship.

In a season that featured several standout performers, Head Coach Rado Vidosic and his side secured the 2020 Westfield W-League Championship following an invincible season which also saw the side crowned 2020 Westfield W-League Premiers.

High-flying fullback Ellie Carpenter completed a stellar first season at the Club after she was awarded the 2020 Player of the Year award.

The 19-year-old featured in all 14 of City’s games, scoring two goals as an attacking fullback. Equal with captain Steph Catley, Carpenter led the way with four assists and created 31 chances throughout the season.

New Zealand international Rebekah Stott claimed the 2020 Players’ Player as voted by her peers following another tremendous season for the Club. An inaugural member of City’s squad, Stott has been one of City’s most important in the heart of defence.

Rock solid at the back, the skilful defender utilised her ability to get up the ground and create chances for her teammates. Stott’s ability to break the lines saw her net two goals of her own this season in a year that saw her defensive expertise lead the Club to a record fourth championship – a feat that she has been involved in.

The ultimate Club person, Melissa Barbieri was awarded the 2020 Coaches Award. A tremendous leader and mentor, Melissa was recognised for her work both on and off the pitch as she embodies everything that the Club stands for. The ultimate teammate, the goalkeeper always puts her teammates and the team before herself, playing a crucial role in the Club’s ongoing success.

The 2020 Player of the Year awards was rounded out with Emily van Egmond claiming the Golden Boot. In what ended as a tight race, Emily secured six goals in 12 regular season fixtures to secure the accolade.

In her first season at the Club, Emily made an immediate impact showcasing her ability to find the back of the net from midfield and net the spectacular. A truly gifted footballer, Emily’s ability to score vital goals for the Club was crucial on the road to an invincible season. A reward for effort, Emily secured her first piece of silverware in the league when she lifted the 2020 Premiers Plate with City before playing an important role in the Club securing the double.