2022 Dolan Warren Awards preview

The 2022 Dolan Warren Awards will be held at 7pm tonight at Carriageworks in Sydney to recognise the A-Leagues best.

Following exciting seasons from Melbourne Victory’s Men and Women teams, a number of players and coaches are a chance to have their name called on the prestigious evening.

The highest individual honours, the Johnny Warren Medal (Men’s player of the season) and Julie Dolan Medal (Women’s Player of the Season) headline the awards.

Victory boast three past winners of the top gong, A-League Men stars Carlos Hernandez (2009/10) and Marco Rojas (2012/13) and A-League Women star Christine Nairn (2018/19).

Carlos Hernandez poses with the Johnny Warren Medal award and Ernie Merrick poses with the Coach of the Year award during the 2010 A-League Awards.

Rojas enjoyed another stellar season in navy blue this year, ranking equal-third in the A-League Men for assists with seven while scoring six goals of his own.

Attacking teammates Jake Brimmer and Nick D’Agostino could also be in line for recognition after breakout seasons.

24-year-old Brimmer recorded seven assists and became an elite goalscoring threat at the pointy end of the season, scoring in each of his last four games, including three incredible strikes.

D’Agostino’s 10 goals ranked third in the league and earned him a national team debut.

In defence, full-back duo Jason Davidson and Jason Geria were consistent performers in a backline which leaked the least goals of any club this season.

Head Coach Tony Popovic will feature in the Coach of the Year discussion after lifting Victory from bottom to second on the table in his first season at the helm.

In the A-League Women squad, keeper Casey Dumont and Victory Medallist Alex Chidiac‘s brilliant seasons have them in position to be rewarded.

Dumont led the league in clean sheets with five and was heroic in the Grand Final win, earning best afield honours.

Midfield maestro Chidiac was the architect behind the Championship run along with attacking partners Kyra-Cooney Cross and Catherine Zimmerman.

Defensive duo Claudia Bunge and Courtney Nevin both represented their national teams throughout the season, highlighting their strong form.

Back-to-back Championship-winning head coach Jeff Hopkins is a chance to be named Women’s Coach of the Year.

The event will not be streamed. Award winners will be communicated online.

Full awards list

Johnny Warren Medal (A-League Men Player of the Season)

Julie Dolan Medal (A-League Women Player of the Season)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Women’s Coach of the Year

Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year

Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year

Men’s Golden Boot

Women’s Golden Boot

Men’s Goal of the Year

Women’s Goal of the Year

Men’s Young Player of the Year

Women’s Young Player of the Year

Men’s Referee of the Year

Women’s Referee of the Year

Men’s PFA Player of the Year

Women’s PFA Player of the Year

Men’s PFA Young Player of the Year

Women’s PFA Young Player of the Year