Longo claims the Women’s Player of the Year at NZF Awards

Pride Captain, Annalie Longo walked away with the Women’s Player of the Year Award, at the 2017 New Zealand Football Awards, held ahead of the All Whites match against Peru.

The awards ceremony was held as part of the NZF Charity Dinner, which sought to raise funds for the New Zealand Football Foundation through a live auction of football-related memorabilia.

Staged at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the awards celebrated the 2016 achievements of a range of players, coaches, teams and match officials from both the international and domestic game over seven categories.

Longo’s was one of five nominations for the Canterbury United Pride, which included Mike De Bono for Coach of the Year, Macey Fraser and Meikayla Moore, both in the Young Player of the Year category, and the championship winning 2016 Pride squad in Team of the Year.

The awarded reflected Longo’s commitment and dedication to both the Football Ferns and Canterbury United Pride over the last decade; Longo brought up her 100th cap for the Football Ferns on the recent tour to the USA.

Annalie says she was “surprised and humbled” to win the Women’s Player of the Year category, given the calibre of player named alongside her in the nominee list, “I honestly didn’t expect to win the award.”

The other big winner on the night was All Whites striker Chris Wood, who picked up both the Men’s Player of the Year and the New Zealand Football Media Association (NZFMA) Player of the Year.

Wood took out two of the top prizes after finishing as Leeds United’s top scorer with 13 goals in the 2015/16 campaign and running rampant the next season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions and winning the Championship’s golden boot. He captained the All Whites in Reid’s absence in 2016, scoring four goals as he led the side to the OFC Nations Cup title.

For the full list of nominees and awards winners please see below.

2017 New Zealand Football Awards

NZFMA Player of the Year
Winner: Chris Wood (Burnley/All Whites)
Other nominees: Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage/Football Ferns), Winston Reid (West Ham United/All Whites), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle/All Whites)

Men’s Player of the Year
Winner: Chris Wood (Burnley/All Whites)
Other nominees: Winston Reid (West Ham United/All Whites), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle/All Whites), Brayden Lissington (WaiBOP Futsal/Futsal Whites), Tom Jackson (Team Wellington), Dan Morgan (Birkenhead United)

Women’s Player of the Year
Winner: Annalie Longo (Canterbury United Pride/Football Ferns)
Other nominees: Ali Riley (FC Rosengård/Football Ferns), Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage/Football Ferns), Amber Hearn (FC Köln/Football Ferns), Hannah Kraakman (AFF Futsal/Futsal Ferns),Tessa Berger (Forrest Hill Milford United)

 Young Player of the Year
Winner: Sam Brotherton (Sunderland/All Whites)
Other nominees: Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town/All Whites), Meikayla Moore (Canterbury United Pride/Football Ferns), Paige Satchell (WaiBOP/Football Ferns), Niko Kirwan (Team Wellington), Macey Fraser (Canterbury United Pride)

Referee of the Year
Winner: Matt Conger (Referee)
Other nominees: Nick Waldron (Referee), Anna-Marie Keighley (Referee), Sarah Jones (Assistant Referee), Simon Lount (Assistant Referee), Glen Lochrie (Assistant Referee)

Team of the Year
Winner: Team Wellington
Other nominees: All Whites, Football Ferns, Canterbury United Pride, Birkenhead United, Forrest Hill Milford United

Coach of the Year
Winner: Jose Figueira (Team Wellington)
Other nominees: Anthony Hudson (All Whites), Tony Readings (Football Ferns), Mike De Bono (Canterbury United Pride), Paul Hobson (Birkenhead United), Ryan Faithfull (Forrest Hill Milford United)

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