2017-18 SFCU player of the season: Adrian Mierzejewski

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Adrian Mierzejewski has picked up another accolade for his outstanding 2017-18 season, taking out the prestigious SFCU player of the season award.

After each of the 39 matches in the A-League, FFA Cup and AFC Champions League, SFCU members allocated 6 votes to the player(s) who they thought performed the best. The player who earned the most votes in a match gained 3 points for the player of the season tally, the second-most scored 2 points, and the third-placed player scored 1 point (with points being split between tied players). A total of 932 votes were cast by 137 different voters across the season.

Mierzejewski was voted as man of the match in 11 of his 34 appearances, and also picked up 11 second-places and 2 third-places, for a total of 55.5 points. This is the highest total obtained by any player in seven seasons of the award, and his 11 MOTMs equalled the record set by last year’s winner, Miloš Ninković.

In second place was top scorer Bobô, as he got 9 MOTMs, 5 second-places and 2 third-places in 38 appearances. Third place went to the other marquee, Miloš Ninković, making this the third season in a row in which he’s finished in the top 3.

Pointscorers from each match were:

Rd Vs Result Voters 1st 2nd 3rd
Cup R32 Darwin Rovers 8-0 30 BOBÔ David CARNEY Miloš NINKOVIĆ
Cup R16 Bankstown Berries 3-0 24 Joshua BRILLANTE BOBÔ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI &
David CARNEY (tied)
Cup QF Melbourne City 2-0 13 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Alex BROSQUE Jordy BUIJS
1 Melbourne Victory 1-0 51 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Jordy BUIJS
Cup SF Sth Melbourne 5-1 32 BOBÔ David CARNEY Miloš NINKOVIĆ
2 Wellington Phx 3-2 44 BOBÔ Miloš NINKOVIĆ Michael ZULLO
3 WS Wanderers 2-2 49 BOBÔ &
Joshua BRILLANTE (tied)
David CARNEY
4 Perth Glory 2-0 31 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Andrew REDMAYNE Jordy BUIJS
5 Melbourne City 1-0 32 Michael ZULLO Andrew REDMAYNE Luke WILKSHIRE
6 CC Mariners 0-2 19 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Jordy BUIJS Michael ZULLO
7 Newcastle Jets 2-1 24 BOBÔ Joshua BRILLANTE Miloš NINKOVIĆ
Cup F Adelaide Utd 2-1 25 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI BOBÔ Miloš NINKOVIĆ
8 Brisbane Roar 3-1 20 Joshua BRILLANTE Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Brandon O’NEILL
9 Adelaide Utd 1-0 17 Joshua BRILLANTE Luke WILKSHIRE Alex WILKINSON
10 WS Wanderers 5-0 35 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Brandon O’NEILL Alex BROSQUE
11 Melbourne City 3-1 18 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Alex WILKINSON Joshua BRILLANTE
12 Wellington Phx 4-1 18 BOBÔ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Brandon O’NEILL
13 Perth Glory 6-0 30 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI BOBÔ Brandon O’NEILL
14 Newcastle Jets 2-2 23 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI BOBÔ
15 Brisbane Roar 3-0 30 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Alex WILKINSON Joshua BRILLANTE
16 Adelaide Utd 0-0 19 Jordy BUIJS Alex WILKINSON Alex BROSQUE
17 CC Mariners 1-1 16 Jordy BUIJS BOBÔ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI &
Alex WILKINSON (tied)
18 Melbourne Victory 3-1 21 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI BOBÔ David CARNEY
19 Wellington Phx 4-0 23 Alex BROSQUE Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Michael ZULLO
20 Melbourne City 4-0 25 Michael ZULLO Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI BOBÔ &
Miloš NINKOVIĆ &
Alex WILKINSON
ACL G1 Suwon Bluewings 0-2 16 Michael ZULLO Andrew REDMAYNE Alex WILKINSON
ACL G2 Shanghai Shenhua 2-2 24 Alex BROSQUE Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Brandon O’NEILL
21 WS Wanderers 3-1 27 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Miloš NINKOVIĆ Joshua BRILLANTE
22 Newcastle Jets 1-2 14 BOBÔ Jordy BUIJS Alex WILKINSON
ACL G3 Kashima Antlers 0-2 15 Alex WILKINSON Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Alex BROSQUE &
Brandon O’NEILL (tied)
ACL G4 Kashima Antlers 1-1 20 Aaron CALVER Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Chris ZUVELA
23 Brisbane Roar 1-2 14 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Brandon O’NEILL Alex WILKINSON
24 CC Mariners 2-1 18 Miloš NINKOVIĆ Paulo RETRE Matt SIMON
25 Perth Glory 3-2 18 BOBÔ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Matt SIMON
ACL G5 Suwon Bluewings 4-1 20 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Miloš NINKOVIĆ Alex BROSQUE
26 Adelaide Utd 3-0 26 BOBÔ Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Matt SIMON
27 Melbourne Victory 1-0 22 Alex WILKINSON Michael ZULLO Andrew REDMAYNE
ACL G6 Shanghai Shenhua 0-0 13 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI Ben WARLAND Michael ZULLO &
Brandon O’NEILL (tied)
SF Melbourne Victory 2-3 16 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI &
Matt SIMON (tied)
Miloš NINKOVIĆ

 

The final standings (ordered by total points, number of MOTMs, number of second-places, number of third-places, and sum of the vote share obtained each match):

Pos Player Apps Points 1st 2nd 3rd Votes
1 Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI 34 55.5 11 11 2 39.28
2 BOBÔ 38 37.8 9 5 2 30.37
3 Miloš NINKOVIĆ 34 29.3 6 3 6 24.88
4 Alex WILKINSON 36 16.8 2 3 6 19.13
5 Joshua BRILLANTE 37 16.5 4 1 3 15.82
6 Michael ZULLO 29 14.5 3 1 4 14.51
7 Jordy BUIJS 33 13.0 2 2 3 17.19
8 Alex BROSQUE 36 11.5 2 1 4 12.21
9 Brandon O’NEILL 36 9.0 0 2 6 15.54
10 Andrew REDMAYNE 39 7.0 0 3 1 9.03
11 David CARNEY 35 6.5 0 2 3 6.53
12 Matt SIMON 31 5.5 1 0 3 7.43
13 Aaron CALVER 5 3.0 1 0 0 2.19
14 Luke WILKSHIRE 33 3.0 0 1 1 6.89
15 Paulo RETRE 27 2.0 0 1 0 4.99
16 Ben WARLAND 8 2.0 0 1 0 2.57
17 Chris ZUVELA 5 1.0 0 0 1 2.28
18 Sebastian RYALL 7 0.0 0 0 0 1.03
19 Anthony KALIK 7 0.0 0 0 0 0.99
20 Fábio FERREIRA 5 0.0 0 0 0 0.57
21 Charles LOKOLINGOY 10 0.0 0 0 0 0.40
22 John IREDALE 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.13
23 Patrick FLOTTMAN 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.03
24 Nicola KULESKI 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.00

 

The following table shows the full results: each cell is the average number of votes obtained by the players appearing in a match, with the gold (1st), silver (2nd) and bronze (3rd) medals indicating the top 3 in each match.

 

Adrian joins the following previous winners of the award:

2011-12: Nick CARLE
2012-13: Alessandro DEL PIERO
2013-14: Vedran JANJETOVIĆ
2014-15: Miloš DIMITRIJEVIĆ
2015-16: Filip HOLOŠKO
2016-17: Miloš NINKOVIĆ
2017-18: Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI

Thanks to everyone who voted throughout the season!