Lions & Olympic stars dominate NPL QLD awards

Daniel Leck and Mariel Hecher were the big winner after claiming two major honours apiece at the recent Football in Queensland Awards.

Olympic FC attacker, Leck, was recognised as both the NPL Queensland Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year after a stellar campaign – netting 16 goals to help the Brisbane Club reach a third straight Grand Final.

Olympic also claimed another major honour on the night with Ben Cahn named NPL Men’s Coach of the Year after guiding his side to the league’s best defensive return of conceding just 21 goals in the regular season.

However, historic Men’s and Women’s Championship double winners Lions FC were certainly not overlooked – with their total of 4 awards the most of any club.

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Hecher was the big winner for the Lions after being recognised as both NPL Women’s Queensland Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner.

The tireless attacker delivering a total of 22 goals across her side’s Championship winning campaign, including netting in the Grand Final.

Also in the goals in 2020 for Lions was striker Joe Duckworth, who won the NPL Men’s Golden Boot for the first time after delivering 18 regular season goals.

The club also won the Fair Play awards in the NPL Men’s Queensland competition.

Also recognised were Gold Coast United’s Aidan Munford and Capalaba FC’s Georgina Worth as the Men’s and Women’s Goalkeepers of the Year, respectively.

Gold Coast also celebrated the recognition of Alex Bundalo as the NPL Women’s Queensland Coach of the Year, while the The Gap FC’s Laini Freier was the competition’s Young Player of the Year.

Click here for a full list of award winners from Football Queensland.

Feature image courtesy of Olympic FC