Dolan Warren Awards: Vidosic, Carpenter and Williams take out top accolades


Melbourne City FC trio Rado Vidosic, Ellie Carpenter and Lydia Williams have been recognised for their outstanding seasons, taking out three of the top accolades at Thursday’s Westfield W-League edition of the Dolan Warren Awards.

After leading his side to a historic premiership and championship double, Rado Vidosic was crowned Westfield W-League 2019/20 Coach of the Year.

In his second season in charge of City, Vidosic led his side to an invincible season, becoming the first team in W-League history to win four championship trophies.


Vidosic’s side started the season with a draw before recording 11 straight regular seasons wins to clinch the premiership, having conceded just four goals in 12 matches.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many great people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the W-League such a wonderful competition,” Vidosic said. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many high quality players who make training sessions and games so much more enjoyable and challenging.” 

“I  would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved with the W-League, all the volunteers, coaches, players and supporters. Stay safe and see you soon!” 

Playing an integral role in City’s defensive steel, Lydia Williams was named 2019/20 Goalkeeper of the Year for the fourth time in her impressive career. A leader on and off the pitch, City’s first choice shot stopper registered nine clean sheets in 14 matches, including a stellar performance in the Grand Final to lead her side to victory.

“I want to thank City, they gave me a chance four years ago and I’ve loved it there,” Williams said. “Rado and my teammates make my job easy – a big thank you to everyone who has supported me, who supported the team and supported the W-League.”

Ellie Carpenter has also capped off a stellar season at the Club taking out the Young Footballer of the Year Award for the third successive season. In her first season in City blue, the 20-year-old claimed her first pieces of silverware on home soil, playing an impressive role in City’s premiership and championship double.

Carpenter’s recognition as the league’s brightest young star comes after she was crowned Melbourne City FC’s Player of the Year.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for their support, I couldn’t have won the award without my Melbourne City teammates, the staff and our fans,” Carpenter said. “I had the most amazing season at City with the girls, it was incredible playing with them and being pushed by them every single session – I definitely couldn’t have achieved this without them.”

“Again, a massive thank you and I hope everyone is staying safe and well.”