Post­hu­mous award made

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

It was a day of re­mem­brance at Ki­witea St on March 16.

The late Keryn Jordan was named the ASB Pre­mier­ship Player of the Decade in a pre­sen­ta­tion held be­fore the grand fi­nal match be­tween Auck­land City and Team Welling­ton.

Jordan died on Oc­to­ber 21 last year at the age of 37 af­ter a long bat­tle with cancer.

He had re­turned to South Africa in Jan­uary to be with fam­ily af­ter he found out his cancer had wors­ened.

The for­mer Navy Blues striker was known for his dy­namic goalscor­ing through­out Africa and Ocea­nia.

He racked up more goals than any other player in Auck­land City FC’s his­tory dur­ing his time play­ing for the club from 2005 to 2010.

The ASB Pre­mier Player and Team of the Decade pro­mo­tions have been run­ning in the 10th an­niver­sary sea­son of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Fans got to vote for the play­ers they thought had the big­gest im­pact on the com­pe­ti­tion since its in­cep­tion in 2004 – and voting set­tled over­whelm­ingly on Jordan.

Jordan’s for­mer City coach Al­lan Jones says the striker was a unique game-changer.

‘‘Keryn had a mas­sive ef­fect both within the team and in the league.

‘‘Op­po­nents were so con­scious of his pres­ence that by over-cov­er­ing the space he would use of­ten pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for play­ers break­ing from our mid­field to score.’’

Club chair­man Ivan Vuk­sich says the vote demon­strates just how in­flu­en­tial Jordan was.

‘‘Af­ter the tremen­dous im­pact Keryn had on our club, he will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in the hearts of Auck­land City FC’s mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

‘‘It’s a fit­ting tes­ta­ment to his talent and his im­pact on the league that he has been recog­nised with this hon­our.’’

Jordan was also named among the start­ing XI for ASB Pre­mier­ship Team of the Decade.

Play­ers from Auck­land City and Waitakere United dom­i­nate the team.

There is only one player in it, Aaron Clapham of Can­ter­bury United, who has not ap­peared for ei­ther of the two Auck­land clubs.

Strong pres­ence: Auck­land play­ers in the Young Ferns team in­clude Is­abella Richards, Jade Par­ris, Mar­tine Puke­tapu, Abi­gail Roper, Bella Kingi, El­iz­a­beth An­ton and Daisy Cleverley.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT.CO.NZ

Decade favourite: The late Keryn Jordan in ac­tion for Auck­land City FC.

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