Ashley Brown honoured at awards

Melbourne Victory Women have taken home two awards at the Westfield W-League's Annual Awards Night.

Melbourne Victory Women?s Ashley Brown has topped off a stellar season with the honour of being crowned the Westfield W-League Young Player of the Season.

In only her second season, the seventeen year old had her most consistent campaign to date; dazzling fans and tormenting defenders around the country as her fancy footwork, deft passing and blistering pace continually left the opposition in her wake.

And while she has played in every Victory match since her debut in the opening round of Season Three, 2011/12 was a breakthrough year for the skilful winger. As well as establishing herself in the starting XI, Brown scored her initial goal for the club and was rewarded for her fine form with her first of what will be many Matilda call-ups.

With many strong contenders for the award this season, including team mates Stephanie Catley and Katrina Gorry, it goes to show just how strong Brown?s form was to come out on top. It was a great achievement for Melbourne Victory Women as well, being the first individual award the club has received since Melissa Barbieri in Season One.

Despite her strong performances, the award came as a complete surprise to Brown who described winning the gong as an absolutely incredible feeling.

?To be honest, I was in shock when the winner was announced,? revealed Brown.

?I thought I was there to enjoy the drinks, the night and the food but all of a sudden my name came up ? it was a crazy moment, I didn?t know what to do!"

Despite the initial surprise, there was no doubt that the award was a fitting tribute to a deserved winner.

?Achievement-wise this season has been my best yet, it?s been amazing.

?I?ve achieved so much this year; things keep coming up with new and exciting opportunities and accolades so I feel quite blessed at the moment.?

To round out a successful night for Brown and Melbourne Victory, the club also claimed their second consecutive Westfield W-League Fairplay Award while Victorian-based Kate Jacewicz got W-League Referee of the Year for the third consecutive season.

In addition to the Westfield W-League Awards, there is still some silverware to come for the Victory girls as the club?s annual Victory Night will be held on Friday 27 April, while there is still time to vote for Stephanie Catley as Female Footballer of the Year in the Australian Football Fan Awards (voting ends 20 April - click here for instructions).

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