Luke DeVere’s reputation as a star of the future continues to burn bright as the young Brisbane Roar defender swept the field at the club’s presentation night at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Claiming the Player-s Player award and the Roar Foundation Members Player award, DeVere capped off a sensational night by accepting the club-s highest honour – the Gary Wilkins Award.
Battling closely with former Roar captain Craig Moore (22 points) and newly-capped Socceroo Tommy Oar (18 points) for the award, DeVere eventually edged ahead of the competition, taking the accolade with a total of 25 points.
“I-m very honoured to be accepting this award,” DeVere said. “I think had other players still been at the club I may not be standing here, but I feel extremely privileged to be doing so.”
A worthy winner on the night, DeVere was a rock at the heart of the Roar defence, scoring his maiden Hyundai A-league goal against Perth and grabbing selection in the extended Socceroos squad against Indonesia.
The 20-year-old also played two games for the Young Socceroos at the FIFA under-20 World Cup in Egypt last year.
However, DeVere was not the only winner on the night, with the Roar awarding achievements both on and off the field at the club-s gala affair.
Sergio Van Dijk grabbed the Golden Boot award after plundering 13 goals for the season, Reinaldo was named Queensland Roars Against Racism Multicultural ambassador and Roar team Manager Ian Dalzell won Chairman-s Club Person of the Year.
Elise Kellond-Knight and Jo Burgess were rewarded for their outstanding seasons in the Westfield W-league with Kellond-Knight winning Best and Fairest and Burgess named Player-s Player.
Kellond-Knight-s award in particular was a fine reward for a stellar season in the Roar midfield which drew many favourable reviews from Westfield Matildas coach Tom Sermanni.
Roar young guns Matt Acton and Kenneth Dougall shared the spoils after claiming a joint National Youth League Best and Fairest award.
Finally, Rob O-Connor and David Mackenroth were each awarded $1000 after both were named Spotless Brisbane Roar Volunteer of the Year.
Gary Wilkins Medal – Luke DeVere
Brisbane Roar W-league Best and Fairest Award – Elise Kellond-Knight
Brisbane Roar National Youth League Best and Fairest Player of the Year Award – Matt Acton and Kenneth Dougall
Brisbane Roar Player-s Player Award – Luke DeVere
Brisbane Roar W-league Player-s Player Award (inaugural award) – Jo Burgess
Brisbane Roar Chairman-s Club-person of the Year Award – Ian Dalzell
Brisbane Roar Golden Boot Award – Sergio Van Dijk
Queensland Roars Against Racism Multicultural Ambassador Award – Reinaldo
Brisbane Roar Foundation Members Player of the Year Award – Luke DeVere
Spotless Brisbane ROAR Volunteer of the Year Award – Rob O-Connor and David Mackenroth