English defender Macaulay Gillesphey has taken out the top honour at the Brisbane Roar 2020 Awards, named as the 2020 Gary Wilkins Medallist.
Gillesphey, who played in each of the Roar’s 27 Hyundai A-League fixtures in his maiden season down under, takes the award as the Club’s Hyundai A-League Player of the Season.
The 24-year-old becomes the 10th recipient of the honour and the first defender to win the award since Corey Brown in 2016/17.
“It’s a great personal honour for me to win this award. We’ve got a team full of quality players who have all had great seasons so this award really means a lot to me,” Gillesphey said.
“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making my first season in Australia a memorable one – my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans of course.
“We believe we’ve got something special here and I’m sure we’ll be back competing for trophies next season.”
In her third Westfield W-League campaign for Brisbane Roar, versatile defender Carson Pickett was named as the Club’s Westfield W-League Player of the Year.
The award caps of a stellar third season in the Westfield W-League for the American who has fast become one of the most damaging defenders in the league.
In his first Hyundai A-League campaign, the consistent cool, calm and collected presence in midfield from Irishman Jay O’Shea earned him the praise of his peers and the 2020 Players’ Player of the Year award.
American midfielder Celeste Boureille continues to impress her peers, earning herself a second consecutive Westfield W-League Players’ Player of the Year award.
Six goals apiece earned strikers Scott McDonald and Roy O’Donovan a split of the Hyundai A-League Golden Boot, while four goals earned Westfield Matildas star Hayley Raso the award for the Roar Women.
A lengthy campaign which began with him becoming the youngest player to represent the Club in a competitive fixture in last August’s FFA Cup and included representing Australia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup has earned Jordan Courtney-Perkins the Club’s Hyundai A-League Breakthrough Player of the Year award.
A season which also began with international representation at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship has seen Indiah-Paige Riley named as the Club’s Westfield W-League Breakthrough Player of the Year.
“On behalf of everyone at Brisbane Roar, we would like to congratulate all our 2019/20 award winners,” Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the terrific work and sacrifices made by players, coaches and staff throughout what has been a one-of-a-kind season.
“There was plenty to be entertained by on the field from all our Brisbane Roar squads and we’re looking forward to bigger and better things in 2021.”
Brisbane Roar 2020 Award Winners
Gary Wilkins Medal, presented by Luxury Paints: Macaulay Gillesphey
Westfield W-League Player of the Year, presented by Brisbane Airport Corporation: Carson Pickett
Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of the Year, presented by ActronAir: Jay O’Shea
Westfield W-League Players’ Player of the Year, presented by Brisbane Airport Corporation: Celeste Boureille
Hyundai A-League Breakthrough Player of the Year, presented by Rebel: Jordan Courtney-Perkins
Westfield W-League Breakthrough Player of the Year, presented by Experience Oz: Indiah-Paige Riley
Hyundai A-League Golden Boot, presented by BBC Painting: Scott McDonald & Roy O’Donovan
Westfield W-League Golden Boot, presented by BBC Painting: Hayley Raso
Club Person of the Year, presented by Telstra: Rizka Laya
Volunteer of the Year, presented by Village Roadshow Theme Parks: Leanne Haworth
Supporter of the Year, presented by Thrifty: Richard Roar