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Hanf scoops historic fourth Young PFA Player Award with Australian ace Kerr taking the gong for Player of the Year

SAM KERR made history by becoming the first Australian to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

And 21-year-old Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp made history herself by becoming the first professional to win a young women’s fourth prize.

Sam Kerr was the first Australian to win the Women's PFA Player Award

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Sam Kerr was the first Australian to win the Women’s PFA Player AwardCredit: Alamy
Lauren Hemp has become the most decorated PFA award winner

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Lauren Hemp has become the most decorated PFA award winnerCredit: PA

Kerr’s prize win sees the women’s player’s gong go to a Chelsea star for the second year in a row.

The Matildas skipper’s success follows Fran Kirby’s victory last year.

It comes as a result of a series of stunning performances up front at Chelsea that saw the striker win the WSL Golden Boot.

The 28-year-old blues star played a key role in Emma Hayes’ side winning the domestic trophy double last season.

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And the forward has scored four goals in back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2021 and this year, including an extra-time win over Man City in May.

Of her win, Kerr said: I think it’s a great honor to be voted out by your peers.

“It’s the highest honor as a player, so it’s an incredible feeling.”

“I do a lot as a player, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but in those moments you have to see yourself.

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“To be honest, I just have faith in myself. Just a lot of faith that the team will give me the ball in the 90th minute or whenever the time comes and rely on me.

“Knowing that my team trusts me gives me a lot of confidence. I love these big moments – that’s what I live for as a footballer.”

Hanf’s fourth Young Ladies’ Player Gong makes her the most decorated PFA Award winner to date.

The forward played her 100th game for Man City in April, scoring a goal in the 7-2 win over Brighton.

And she also scored her hundredth goal for her club last season.

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Hemp said: “It’s an honor to get this again, especially to have players I’ve played and competed against vote for it.

“I also see many of them as role models, so it’s an honor to be chosen from among them.

“To be honest, after a great season, I also have a lot to thank my team-mates for.

“You make me look better than I actually am!

“I also have great employees, people who always push me and want me to get better.”

Hope Powell received a PFA Merit Award for her contribution to football as a player and manager

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Hope Powell received a PFA Merit Award for her contribution to football as a player and managerCredit: PA

Brighton manager Hope Powell won a PFA Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to football

The Albion boss’s accomplishments include leading the Seagulls to their highest-ever finish in the top division, with the team finishing sixth in the 2020-21 season.

One of the nice things about being involved in football is the extensive experience I have gained over the years whether as a player or manager at the World Cup, European Championships or Olympic Games and now at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Hope Powell on winning the PFA Merit Award

To date, the Brighton gaffer is the only head coach to have guided the Lionesses to a major tournament final.

Her team from England reached the final of the 2009 European Women’s Championship against Germany.

Powell, 55, said: “I feel lucky and blessed to be in the game after many years, really grateful.

“One of the beautiful things about being involved in football is the extensive experience I have gained over the years, whether as a player or manager at the World Cup, European Championships or Olympic Games and now at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Vivianne Miedema was among the players on the PFA's WSL Team of the Year

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Vivianne Miedema was among the players on the PFA’s WSL Team of the YearPhoto credit: Getty

“Each section was very different but mostly very enjoyable.”

Players from Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City dominated the PFA’s WSL Team of the Year, with Hemp and Kerr named among the top eleven.

Other players listed include Man United’s Ona Batlle, Arsenal’s Kim Little, Leah Williamson and Vivianne Miedema, and Chelsea’s Millie Bright.

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