Leading Victory Medal contenders: Part 2


On Saturday, May 25, the 2018/19 Victory Medallist will be crowned at our annual awards night at Crown’s Palladium.

This prestigious event, presented by Bluestar Global Logistics, will include presentations of awards of excellence for Victory’s Hyundai A-League and National Youth League teams.

Book your place at our night of nights

Victory Medal

In part two of the series, we take a look at some of the contenders for this year’s award…

Click here to read part one 

Ola Toivonen

Apps: 20
Goals: 13
Assists: 3

Toivonen struck a dynamic partnership with his new teammates shortly after arriving in Melbourne.

Since making his debut in Round 4, the Swede has led the front line with class and experience – scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances.   

Who could forget this free-kick in Round 16 against Sydney…

Kosta Barbarouses

Apps: 27
Goals: 14
Assists: 4

With a goal tally of 14, Barbarouses has already beaten his previous A-League best of 12.

The winger is the only Victory player to have featured in every game this season and is currently the club’s top scorer.

This hat-trick in Round 15 is the perfect example of how clinical Barbarouses has been in front of goal.

Carl Valeri

Apps: 20
Clean sheets: 6

On April 11, a proud and emotional Valeri announced he was calling time on his decorated career at the end of this season.

The 34-year-old, who joined Victory in 2014, has won two Championships and made over 100 appearances for the club.

This season, Victory’s captain has played 20 times and has been a key influence on and off the pitch.

Lawrence Thomas

Apps: 22
Clean sheets: 5

Thomas has been Victory’s first-choice goalkeeper for three seasons and has made a showreel of sublime saves in that time.

This season, Thomas has produced five clean sheets – including in a 2-0 triumph over Perth Glory in Round 23.

At just 26-years-old Thomas is on the brink of making his 100th A-League appearance.

Thomas Deng

Apps: 26
Clean sheets: 6

At 22-years-old, Deng is one of the youngest players making a statement in the Victory first team.

Deng’s defensive ability was recognised nationally in October when he made his Socceroos debut against Kuwait.

In Round 13, Deng made his 50th A-League appearance as Victory defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 at AAMI Park.

Victory Medal honour roll:

2005/06 – Kevin Muscat
2006/07 – Kevin Muscat and Danny Allsopp
2007/08 – Archie Thompson and Rodrigo Vargas
2008/09 – Kevin Muscat and Danny Allsopp
2009/10 – Archie Thompson
2010/11 – Grant Brebner
2011/12 – Ante Covic
2012/13 – Mark Milligan
2013/14 – Adama Traore
2014/15 – Fahid Ben Khalfallah
2015/16 – Matthieu Delpierre
2016/17 – Carl Valeri
2017/18 – Leroy George