Nairn, Hopkins honoured at Dolan Warren Awards Night


Star midfielder Christine Nairn and head coach Jeff Hopkins were honoured at the Dolan Warren Awards Night on Monday.

Nairn, 28, became the first Melbourne Victory player to win the Julie Dolan Medal – the Westfield W-League’s highest individual honour.

The American playmaker, who was crowned the 2019 Victory Medallist too, scored five goals and assisted four in 13 games, including producing spectacular strikes against Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

Nairn was also crowned the Players’ Player of the Season, while star striker Natasha Dowie picked up the TAC Golden Boot after netting nine goals.

During the season, Nairn moved into outright fifth for most appearances for Victory, finishing the season on 49.

Her 10 goals for the club are also the fifth most, behind only Dowie (26), Caitlin Friend (14), Jodie Taylor (12) and Lisa De Vanna (11).

Melbourne Victory W-League Head Coach Jeff Hopkins was awarded Coach of the Year, recognising his efforts in guiding the team to the club’s first Premiership.

Melbourne Victory also picked up the Community Champions Award for its outstanding community initiatives, clinics and workshops.