Australian Football Awards: Jedinak and De Vanna Claim Top Gongs

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Mile Jedinak and Lisa De Vanna have claimed the Male and Female Footballer of the Year titles at the fifth annual Australian Football Awards which were held at a gala event at the Sydney Convention Centre tonight.

The Australian Football Awards brings together all levels of the sport from the grass roots football community through to the ranks of the Socceroos and Westfield Matildas, providing a unique opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding achievements.

In the other professional category awards the Female U20 Footballer of the Year went to Westfield Matilda Stephanie Catley for the second year in a row and Newcastle Jets midfielder Josh Brillante took out Male U20 Footballer of the Year.

In the non-professional category teams, volunteers, coaches and referees from around the nation were also recognised

The male coach of the year award went to Alain Pace of South Australia and the female coach of the year went to Michelle Aurousseau from Canberra.
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The referee of the year went to Katherine Jacewicz from Victoria and the volunteer of the year award was presented to the husband and wife team of Alex & Alexandra Threadgate Maitland in Northern NSW for their work with children with additional needs .

Two new awards were also presented with Tamara Felsch from Terrigal, NSW receiving the ME Bank Green Card for Fairer Play Award and the Australian Somali Football Association receiving the Asian Cup 2015 Community Project of the Year Award.

James Turner from NSW was named the Pararoos Footballer of the Year.

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