Female Football Week Community Awards: Footballer of the Year Inocent Michael

Inocent Michael has achieved a lot in her football career for someone who is just 18 years of age. She has been a member of the NTC program for four years, is the captain of her Olympia Warriors FC senior women’s team and has represented Tasmania on multiple occasions.

She was the Southern Championship best and fairest winner in 2016 to cap off a dominant year in which she stamped herself as one of the premiere female footballers in the state. She was an indispensable part of the Warriors side that claimed both the Women’s Super League and the Southern Championship. She was a lynch-pin in the midfield, consistently taking games over and simply running the show. A creative force, Michael was the one who so often drove the ball from midfield and supplied the attackers with silver service. She was also more than capable of scoring goals herself, smashing in a number of fine strikers over the course of the season.

Michael celebrates winning the double with her Olympia teammates.

It’s not just on the field that Michael has stamped herself. She was an assistant coach for the Federation’s State Under 13 Girls and Boys programs in 2016, attending training sessions twice per week and travelling to the National Youth Championship in July during her school holidays. She has assisted with Female Football Week and Live Your Goals Festivals and attends media interviews, women’s football forums and events across the state to help promote and grow the game.

Michael demonstrates inspiring sportswoman-ship both during and outside of matches and always gives her all. She is a highly valued member of her team and positively promotes the women’s game. Her commitment and enthusiasm at all trainings and matches is evident and she is always eager to learn and develop as a player.

It’s no surprise that she has attracted attention from higher up, being listed as an identified player on FFA’s Young Matildas list in 2016 and one suspects she is destined for greater heights. The 2016 Female Footballer of the Year, Inocent Michael.