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Catley wins W-League Young Player of the Year Award

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Thorns defender wins the award for the second year in a row.

Catley will join the Thorns this Spring.
Catley will join the Thorns this Spring.
Graham Denholm

Incoming Portland Thorns defender Stephanie Catley has won the Australian W-League Young Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season.

Catley, 20, captained her Brisbane Roar side to a 2-0 victory over Nadine Angerer's Melbourne Victory in the Grand Finale on February 23, capping a 7-3-2, 23 point season.

Catley will join the Thorns following the 2014 AFC Women's Cup, taking place May 14-25, 2014 in Vietnam.  Her Australia side will face Japan on May 14, Jordan on May 18, and Vietnam on May 20 in Group A play.  The top two teams from both groups move onto the semifinals on May 22, and the Final and Third Place matches will be played on May 25.

In her you career, Catley has already amassed several awards from in her young playing career.  In addition to winning the two Young Player of the Year Award, she was also named the Australian U20 Female Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and the Australian Female Footballer of the Year for 2011/2012.