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Aug 22, 2016   |  8:18AM AET

Young stars shine at NPL awards night

Young stars shine at NPL awards night

Melbourne Victory youth team defenders John Vakirtzis and Callum Goulding have taken the individual honours at the club’s PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria awards night.

Vakirtzis was named Coaches’ Player of the Year for the seniors, while Goulding was voted Players’ Player of the Year.

In the under-20 awards, 15-year-old Aaron Anderson won the Coaches’ Player of the Year and 16-year-old Joshua Cavallo was crowned Players’ Player of the Year.

After winning promotion last season, Victory was relegated following a difficult first campaign in Victoria’s top flight.

Eighteen-year-olds Vakirtzis (21 appearances) and Goulding (20) were mainstays in defence this season.

Vakirtzis, who captained the seniors for the final three rounds of the campaign, recently attended a training camp with the Young Socceroos.

Goulding continued his impressive development as a central defender after winning the under-20 Coaches’ Player of the Year last season. He made an appearance for Victory’s Hyundai A-League team against Port Melbourne Sharks earlier this month.

Anderson, also a central defender, made 22 appearances for the under-20s in his first season at the club.

Cavallo, who scored seven goals in 21 appearances as captain of the under-20s, made his senior debut against Hume City in Round 18.

Victory’s under-20 team finished the season in fifth position on the ladder with 13 wins, five draws and six losses.

Melbourne Victory 2016 NPL Honour Roll

Seniors
Coaches’ Player of the Year – John Vakirtzis
Players’ Player of the Year – Callum Goulding

Under-20s
Coaches’ Player of the Year – Aaron Anderson
Players’ Player of the Year – Joshua Cavallo

Melbourne Victory's 2016 PS4 NPL Victoria squad.