The rebel Female Football awards will be held on Friday, recognising the incredible contribution by both women and men in football at all levels of the game in Australia.
As well as highlighting work done by women at both Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League clubs, it also shines a light on the unique stories and volunteers at Member Federation and grassroots level.
The awards are held in categories including Female Player of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Female Administrator of the Year, Female Referee of the Year and Male Champion of the Year.
And today we’re looking at the nominees from Football Victoria.
Female Player of the Year – Karen Costello
Karen may be 58 years old but that hasn’t stopped her playing the sport she loves. Karen shows a fierce determination and passion for the game, playing for the last two decades side by side with her senior women’s team, facing strikers often 40 years younger than her.
Female Coach of the Year – Anouk Meereboer
In her first full season coaching with Gippsland FC, Anouk took the under-13/14 girls in their inaugural season competing in the State League Division One. The girls, under Meereboer’s guidance, put in some wonderful performances to finish the season in a credible fourth position, only two points behind the league winners, Berwick. The team also travelled to Tasmania in the post season where they competed in the Launceston Tournament and were crowned champions in their division.
Female Administrator of the Year – Jasmine Hirst
Jasmine is Vice President at Darebin Falcons Women’s SC and has made a measurable impact over 10 years. She is a passionate leader for Women and Girls in Football, growing the club from 19 Registered Senior Players to 460 Registered Players across all levels.
Female Referee of the Year – Jaimee Barreiro
Jaimee Barreiro was awarded the Football Victoria National Premier League Women’s Referee of the Year in 2019. Following a stellar season, Jaimee took control of the NPLW Grand Final at AAMI Park between Calder United and Bulleen Lions FC. In recent years, Jaimee has graduated from the FV Talent Pool and attended the FFA National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour representing Victoria with distinction.
Male Champion of the Year – Michael Mammis
Since migrating to Australia, Michael has been at the forefront of referee coaching, working with female and male referees as an introductory referee course presenter. Notably, Michael has conducted female only introductory referee courses as part of Football Victoria’s Female Football Week. Michael also holds two volunteer roles with the Western Region Referees Branch, Head Instructor and Fitness Coach.