Wednesday, 20 September 2006 8:58 PM

South Melbourne has featured prominently in the FFV’s yearly gala presentation night that honors the best achieving players in the state.

Veteran custodian Dean Anastasiadis took out the Men’s Goalkeeper of the year award for the second consecutive year whilst female compatriot Afifa Saad took out the women’s award.

Former South youngster Paul Giannou who is now at the VIS took out the Weinstein Medal which honors the best youth player in the state.

Brazilian maestro Fernando Moraes came third in the prestigious Gold Medal award no doubt paying the price for his mid-season trial in Greece which saw the Brazilian miss a handful of games. Moraes finished on 23 votes, just four behind Altona marksman Sash Becvinovski.

Courageous South defender and loyal club man Tansel Baser also polled well finishing equal sixth on 19 votes.

The South Melbourne family extends its warmest congratulations to the achievements of these players who with their exploits on the pitch continue the South Melbourne legacy of producing excellence.