Wollongong United striker Robbie Shields has shaken off a list of quality contenders to score Illawarra men’s football’s highest honour – the George Naylor Medal.
Awarded to the best player in the Illawarra Premier League, Shields got the better of Dapto Dandaloo Fury’s Mitchell Blowes at Football South Coast’s awards ceremony last night.
The pair were short-listed for the title last week. The diminutive Shields was a constant force upfront for the Reds, combining dangerously with fellow front men Domenic Cutri and Brian Montanari during a strong 2013 season at Macedonia Park.
Runner-up Blowes didn’t go home empty handed; he was awarded the competition’s Golden Glove.
Port Kembla were without a player in the final two for the top prize despite winning the league championship and grand final double with 16-straight wins.
However, Zebras’ coach Stuart Beedie was rewarded for his campaign with the Coach of the Year title and the club acknowledged as Club Champions and shared the Fair Play Award with Woonona.
Star striker Nuno Pires secured the Golden Boot (22 goals) for the black and whites, while Chad Keating scooped the Youth Grade Player of the Year crown.
In the District League, Bellambi coach Greg Smart was rewarded for a promotion play-off winning season with the Coach of the Year gong, while Aidan Matthews of Picton Rangers was named the Neville Arrowsmith Medal recipient (best player).