The 2023 season of the Association Youth League (AYL) has come to a thrilling end, leaving us with a treasure trove of memories, outstanding performances, and remarkable statistics. As we wrap up this unforgettable year, we would like to acknowledge key highlights, statistics, and celebrate our award winners.
One of the most remarkable statistics of the season is the total of players within the Program who came from/played for a Hills Football Member Club. An astonishing 90% of AYL players this year had previously played for Hills Football Member Clubs. This stat emphasises the promotion of the Player Pathway within the Hills District. It also showcases the ability of our HFI Member Clubs to develop talented footballers who showcase elite football characteristics.
The AYL 2023 season witnessed history in the making. Three out of the five participating teams secured spots in the finals, a feat that had never been achieved before. This extraordinary accomplishment underscores the growth and competitive edge that AYL teams have cultivated over the years.
In terms of on-field performance, the AYL 2023 season boasted a total of 62 wins across the entire program. These victories were accompanied by a thrilling 301 goals scored by AYL teams. This offensive prowess was met with a resilient defense that conceded just 250 goals throughout the season.
Beyond the numbers and records, the 2023 AYL season was a resounding success in terms of player development. Players were given opportunities and a platform to shine and grow as footballers. Coaches and mentors worked tirelessly to nurture and hone the skills of the players, developing footballers who are well-prepared for future challenges in the world of football.
In addition to these remarkable statistics, it’s essential to celebrate the individuals who have received awards in the AYL 2023 season:
Player of the Year – Ari Theodoridis (Hills United)
Commitment Award – Bibhay Upadhyay (Baulkham Hills/Hills Spirit) & Harrison Miller (Castle Hill United)
Golden Boot – Cooper Nadwie-Smith (Rouse Hill Rams)
Golden Glove – Rocco Boemi (Kenthurst & District FC)
In addition to these program-wide awards, each age group within the AYL also celebrated awards:
Coaches Award – Bibhay Upadhyay (Baulkham Hills/Hills Spirit)
Players Player – Michea Paludetto (Hills Knights)
Coaches Award – Ronan Harvey (Castle Hill United)
Players Player – Rocco Boemi (Kenthurst & District FC)
Coaches Award – Eric Hanna (Kellyville Kolts)
Players Player – Isaak Taylor (Glenhaven FC)
Coaches Award – Suresh Wellington (Kellyville United)
Players Player – Andrew Grima (Kenthurst & District FC)
Coaches Award – Kye Robert (Winston Hills)
Players Player – Ari Theodoridis (Hills United)
These award winners represent the pinnacle of talent, dedication, and sportsmanship in the AYL 2023 season. Their remarkable achievements serve as an inspiration to their peers and a testament to the thriving football community in the Hills District. As the AYL looks ahead to future seasons, these players will continue to shine, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of youth football. Congratulations to all the award winners for their outstanding contributions to the AYL 2023 season.
In conclusion, the AYL 2023 season will go down in history as a year of milestones and successes. This season has set a high standard for the future, from the unprecedented players associated with Member Clubs to the record-breaking presence of AYL teams in the finals. The strong community spirit in the Hills District, combined with impressive wins and goal tallies, demonstrates the caliber of football talent in this region.
Moreover, the emphasis on player development ensures that the AYL is not just about winning matches but also about developing the next generation of footballers within the Hills District. As we bid farewell to the 2023 season, we look forward to what the future holds for the AYL, with the hope of even greater achievements and thrilling moments in years to come.