Mooy just about won the Melbourne Football player of the season award after the first third of the season, with Mooy being voted Man of the Match 7 times over the first 9 games, which is simply incredible stuff from a new player in his first season. And Mooy would go on to be voted Man of the Match for half of Melbourne City’s 27 games over the regular season, with Mooy’s truly outstanding efforts on the pitch being acknowledged by Melbourne City supporters week after week.
A glance over the amount of stats Mooy topped, both for Melbourne City and for the league as a whole, shows why Mooy is such a deserving winner:
- Top goal-scorer at Melbourne City with 7 goals
- Top assist-provider at Melbourne City with 8 assists (the only player in the league to top both goals and assists at his club)
- Contributed to 47% of Melbourne City’s season goals
- Top creator of chances in the league with 92
- Top shot assist provider in the league with 76
- Top crosser in the league with 250 crosses
- No 1 for balls into the penalty area in the league
- No 1 for completed through balls in the league
- No 2 for effective tackles in the league with 77 effective tackles
- No 1 for tackles evaded in the league
And it wasn’t just Melbourne City supporters giving Mooy high praise, with Fox Sports naming Mooy their player of the season with the Alex Tobin Award, and SBS likewise naming Mooy their player of the season with Mooy winning the Les Murray Medal. Ange Postecoglou also recognised Mooy’s fantastic season by calling him up to the Socceroos squad to face World Champions Germany, where Mooy got a 21 minute run-out as the Socceroos drew 2-2 with the World Champs, and by playing Mooy for most of the Socceroos following match against Macedonia. So with Mooy featuring significantly in the Socceroos most recent matches, he looks set to feature in Socceroos matches going forward.
With Mooy having such an amazing 2014-15 season, the “MCFC” on the team badge might as well stand for “Mooy City Football Club”, as he has been the heart of the team. And all Melbourne City supporters are keen to see Mooy starring in the team jersey again next season.
Tando Velaphi didn’t exactly join the club with much fanfare when he signed up as the club’s no 2 goalkeeper in the 2013-14 season. However Velaphi has shown himself to be an extremely dedicated player and an extremely hard worker, making the most of all chances that have come his way to earn another 1 year deal for the 2014-15 season, and then to without doubt become the club’s no 1 goalkeeper from round 9 (the December 1-0 home win against Brisbane) onwards.
Velaphi obtained the equal most clean sheets in the league with 9 alongside Janjetovic of Sydney FC, despite the fact that Janjetovic had 10 more starts than Velaphi. Hence Velaphi averaged the highest percentage of clean sheets in the league out of all the no 1 keepers, with 47.37% clean sheets kept (9 clean sheets over 19 games).
All up Velaphi deservedly claims Melbourne Football’s no 2 player of the season accolade, due to the remarkably safe and consistent presence Velaphi was in goal over the season. And there’s no question now that Velaphi is a widely praised fan favourite.
Donning the captain’s armband for the 2014-15 season at the club, Kisnorbo was a real rock at the back and provided invaluable leadership throughout the season. The only player to play every second of Melbourne City’s 29 games this season, Kisnorbo lead the team from the back and was a positive ever-present in the team. In particular his experience and his willingness to give his all for the team, often putting his body on the line, was a first class example to the other players of commitment and loyalty to the team and the club.
Kisnorbo stepped up when it really mattered, garnering 4 Man of the Match awards over the last 11 matches of the season and Melbourne City’s 2 finals matches. He also topped the league in clearances with 191, 20 more than the next best defender.
So the captain deservedly rounds out Melbourne Football’s top 3 players of the season, with Kisnorbo providing real leadership and commitment that is most welcome at the club.