Thursday, 20 August 2009 2:52 PM
Tough midfielder Sebastian Petrovic has completed a brilliant season for South Melbourne FC by being awarded the 2009 Theo Marmaras Medal on Saturday night at Bob Jane Stadium.
This is Petrovic’s third stint with the club, with the former Heidelberg and Whittlesea player making his debut at lakeside in the 2001/02 NSL season. He returned in 2005 but was released mid-way through the season. It hasn’t been until he rejoined the club late in 2008 from Whittlesea that Petrovic made his mark at the club.
By building his game on hard running and strong tackling, Petrovic has been South’s most important player by linking with midfield partner Joseph Youssef to dominate in the middle of the park.
Speaking candidly to smfc.com.au, Petrovic was elated with the honour, adding that “to win an award like this, at such a great club is the biggest honour that I can receive. I would like to thank all my team-mates, coaching staff and club officials who continue to make SMFC such a great club to be at. Hopefully now I can build on this and have a real impact in the 2009 finals with the boys.”
Finishing just behind Petrovic in the Marmaras medal was vice-captain Steve O’Dor, who along with Petrovic has had an exceptional season and led the club to the finals for the first time in three seasons.
In other awards handed out, Goran Zoric was awarded the 2009 Golden Boot award while Francesco Stella was given the medal for the best U/21 player in the senior team.
Marmaras Medal – SMFC MVP
SMFC U/21 MVP
Top Goal Scorer
Goran Zoric (10 goals)
U/21 (Youth Team) Awards
U/21(Youth Team) Most Valuable Player
U/21 (Youth Team) Coach’s Appreciation Award
U/21(Youth Team) Coach’s Appreciation Award
CC U/21 MVP