Ellie Carpenter wins at Dolan Warren Awards


Canberra United star Ellie Carpenter’s brilliant season was rewarded last night, as she was crowned the NAB Westfield W-League Young Footballer of the Year for Season 10.

The recognition was just reward for the youngster’s brilliant season in Green, where she played in both midfield and the backline and filling a number of different roles for Heather Garriock.

Carpenter scored twice during the season including her first ever Westfield W-League goal, and set up countless opportunities for her teammates as well.

A consistent presence in Westfield Matildas and Young Matildas squads, Carpenter’s presence and skill is far beyond her years and Garriock praised the 18-year old for her season.

“Ellie’s award is incredibly well deserved after the season she has had,” Garriock said.

“It is easy to forget that she is only 18 with the way she handles herself, and she has a fantastic career ahead of her in Football.”

Carpenter was not the only United player recognised at the awards, with American goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer nominated for the Westfield W-League Goalkeeper of the Year award after an outstanding season.

Kopmeyer, now at the Orlando Pride in the NWSL, lead the league in saves with an incredible 60 in 12 matches, 15 saves ahead of Casey Dumont in second. 

While Mackenzie Arnold of the Roar ended up with the Award, Garriock praised Kopmeyer for not only her on-field performances but her off-field demeanor too.

“Haley was my first signing for Season 10, and it’s pretty easy to see why,” she said.

“Not only an outstanding keeper, Haley was a great presence off the field too, particularly within a young side and progressed as a leader throughout the season.”

Neither Kopmeyer or Carpenter were able to attend the awards, with both players recently beginning the NWSL season with their respective sides.