New Lambton FC’s Riley Taylor has been named the HIT106.9 Northern League One Player of the Year for 2021.
Taylor starred for New Lambton as the club were crowned premiers after the season was suspended in August due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Taylor was outstanding for the Eagles, scoring 16 goals in as many matches. He was also recognised by his peers with the Players’ Player of the Year award for the second season in a row.
It was a clean sweep for New Lambton, with Tom Davies named Coach of the Year and Alex Bozinovski chosen as Goalkeeper of the Year.
Davies led the Eagles to their second premiership in a row, with New Lambton losing just one game on their way to the league title.
Bozinovski meanwhile led the meanest defence in the division, conceding just 18 goals in 17 matches.
Elsewhere, Cooks Hill United striker James Byrnes won the competition’s Golden Boot as HIT106.9 Northern League One’s top scorer, with Byrnes notching 17 goals across the 2021 campaign.
Belmont Swansea United starlet Jack Tresidder was named Young Player of the Year, while Cooks Hill United were chosen as the Club of the Year for the second season in a row.
Cooks Hill United, who will play in the NPL NNSW competition next season, also won the Fair Play Award.
Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes congratulated the winners on a fine season.
“It was a big year in the HIT106.9 Northern League One competition with New Lambton winning the premiership, with Riley Taylor also rewarded for his outstanding season,” Haynes said.
“Congratulations to all the award winners on a fantastic HIT106.9 Northern League One season. Obviously it was disappointing the way the season ended but we look forward to seeing everyone again, bigger and better, in 2022.”
HIT106.9 Northern League One Awards 2021:
Player of the Year – Riley Taylor (New Lambton FC)
Players’ Player Award – Riley Taylor (New Lambton FC)
Coach of the Year – Tom Davies (New Lambton FC)
Golden Boot – James Byrnes (Cooks Hill United – 17 goals)
Goalkeeper of the Year – Alex Bozinovski (New Lambton FC)
Young Player of the Year – Jack Tresidder (Belmont Swansea United)
Fair Play Award – Cooks Hill United
First Grade Premiers – New Lambton FC
First Grade Champions – None. No finals were played due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Player of the Grand Final – None. No finals were played due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Club of the Year – Cooks Hill United
Club Championship – New Lambton FC