Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) would like to congratulate Joey Powell from Westlawn Tigers in North Coast Football for winning Football Federations Australia’s (FFA) Community Female Player of the Year Award, which was announced today at FFA’s Female Football Awards Ceremony held at Beta Bar in Sydney.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, FFA’S Female Football Awards recognise the important role female and male champions play in developing football in Australia.
Nominated by NNSWF from a pool of nominees from across all nine State Federations, and Hyundai A-League & Westfield W-League Clubs, Joey won the Female Player of the Year as she is recognised as a fabulous mentor who displays exemplary behaviour on and off the pitch and a big reason why women’s playing numbers are increasing within the league.
NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes said it is great to have national recognition for a member of the NNSWF football family who is such a strong advocate for the women’s game in NNSW, especially within a regional area such as Grafton.
“Joey should be very proud of the contribution she makes to the game and this recognition, from amongst a very strong field of nominees is well deserved and something that should be celebrated,” Haynes said.
Joey sets a high standard for her players but even a higher standard for herself, highlighting the importance of fair play as well as giving it 100% on and off the field. She treats all officials, players and supporters with respect and ensures her fellow teammates also.
Joey is a great mentor and can see when players are struggling with their abilities or roles on the park. She is always encouraging and gets her players back into a positive mindset. She is also renowned for coaching the players on the opposing teams which the club has received great feedback from as the players learn so much from her just listening to instructions she gives.
Her passion for football is also emphasised in her constant encouragement to young females to get involved in Women’s Teams. In 2018, Westlawn Tigers had 8 junior players who played the entire season with the ‘All-Age’ team.
Joeys teammates and club compliment Joey and say she is the most supportive person they have played with as she gives so much back to the sport locally and is one of the major reasons the women’s playing numbers are so high.
Powell is a deserved winner of the award as she is an outstanding role model.
“NNSWF looks forward to continuing to support Joey throughout her playing and coaching roles into the future and is keen to assist North Coast Football, Westlawn Tigers FC and Joey continue to grow the women’s game in the area and right across NNSW,” Haynes concluded.
NNSWF, North Coast Football and the greater community thanks Joey for her contribution, enthusiasm and dedication in Female Participation in football.