Former National Soccer League (NSL) defender David Cervinski will present the biggest individual honour in the Westfield FFA Cup on Tuesday night when he hands out the Mark Viduka Medal for the Player of the Match at the Final.
Cervinski, who played with Melbourne Knights, Carlton, and Wollongong Wolves during his impressive NSL career, was chosen by the former Caltex Socceroos striker to present this year’s Mark Viduka Medal after Sydney FC plays Adelaide United at Allianz Stadium.
Cervinski has been battling Melanoma since 2016, and over the past two years has felt the genuine support of Australia’s football family.
Cervinski said having the chance to present a Medal which is named after one of Australia’s best players, and one of his former teammates, will be a privilege.
“It will be an honour to present the Mark Viduka Medal,” Cervinski said. “To know that he (Viduka) requested me to do it via Josip Skoko and John Didiluca is quite special.”
“Mark (Viduka) is one of the best players Australia has produced. He was a young boy when we were teammates but straight away you could see that he was very talented.
"At training you just couldn’t get the ball off him. ‘Dukes’ had many special traits as a footballer, so to hand out this Medal will be a proud moment for me.”
“To be named best on ground in any Final is a great achievement,” concluded Cervinski.
Interestingly, in the past three Westfield FFA Cup Finals the Mark Viduka Medal has always been awarded to a foreign player.
Sergio Cirio (2014) was the inaugural Mark Viduka Medal winner, before Kosta Barbarouses (2015) and Bruno Fornaroli (2016) claimed the gong in the following years.
Thus far Mark Viduka Medal has always been awarded to a player from the winning team – Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, and Melbourne City FC.
So, will an Aussie impress on Tuesday evening to claim the Mark Viduka Medal, or will it go to one of Sydney’s or Adelaide’s imports?
And will the Mark Viduka Medallist hail from the winning club?
The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2017 will be broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS from 7.30pm (AEDT) on Tuesday night.
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