Gorry named AFC Player of the Year

Brisbane Roar and Westfield Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry has been named Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year 2014 at the AFC Annual Awards in Manila overnight.

Gorry beat two-time winner Aya Miyama and Nadeshiko teammate Nahomi Kawasumi to claim the prestigious award, becoming the second Australian to do so following Westfield Matildas teammate Kate Gill in 2010.  

The 22-year-old played a crucial role in Australia’s run to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup final in Vietnam in May, scoring three spectacular goals throughout the tournament as the Westfield Matildas lost to Japan in the decider.

Gorry flew to the Philippines following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Canberra United at Suncorp Stadium, where she scored a spectacular long-distance goal to seal the win for Brisbane Roar.

Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League playing stocks now boast Asia’s best female footballer, Gorry, as well as the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Nadine Angerer.