Lawrence Thomas was clearly the star of the show.
Lawrence Thomas was clearly the star of the show.

Grand final ratings: Thomas is star of show

MELBOURNE Victory are A-League champions and they can thank their impressive defensive line - headlined by a heroic goalkeeping performance - for delivering a fourth title.

Here are the stars and strugglers from the grand final.

 

Nigel Boogaard was a rock in the Jets defence.
Nigel Boogaard was a rock in the Jets defence.

NEWCASTLE JETS

Glen Moss 6/10

Looked reasonably assured after spending months on the bench.

Daniel Georgievski 4/10

A night to forget against his old team, and got subbed off.

Nigel Boogaard 7/10

Tough as old boots and led his team with customary bravery.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley 7/10

Fought a non-stop duel with Besart Berisha, but lost a fourth grand final.

John Koutroumbis 5/10

Young fullback struggled to cope with Victory's attacking wingplay.

Steve Ugarkovic 6/10

Struggled to compete with Victory's experienced midfield in second half.

Riley McGree 7/10

Produced moments of real style, but couldn't find the killer pass.

 

Jason Hoffman had one of Newcastle’s few real chances.
Jason Hoffman had one of Newcastle’s few real chances.

Jason Hoffman 6/10

Never stopped running, but ran into a smothering Victory defence.

Ronny Vargas 8/10

Brilliant in the first half before fading after so long out.

Dimi Petratos 7/10

Combined excellently with Vargas in first half but ran out of inspiration.

Roy O'Donovan 3/10

Fought manfully - but faces a long ban for a shameful high tackle on Thomas.

Joe Champness 4/10

Barely got into the contest after second half entry.

Pato Rodriguez 4/10

Couldn't provide inspiration off the bench as game slipped away.

 

Lawrence Thomas produced some great saves to keep the Jets at bay.
Lawrence Thomas produced some great saves to keep the Jets at bay.

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Lawrence Thomas 9/10

Flawless performance with flying saves and extreme bravery.

Stefan Nigro 7/10

Struggled in first half with Jets' movement but settled.

James Donachie 7/10

Solid at the back, won all crucial aerial duels.

Tommy Deng 8/10

Remarkably assured performance as emergency centrehalf covering for Rhys Williams.

 

Kosta Barbarouses tussles with John Koutroumbis.
Kosta Barbarouses tussles with John Koutroumbis.

Leigh Broxham 7/10

Occasionally looked uncertain, but never let his side down.

Carl Valeri 7/10

Another high-octane performance from the Victory veteran captain.

Terry Antonis 7/10

Couldn't reach the heights of last week's semifinal, but solid throughout.

Kosta Barbarouses 8/10

Scored the winner and was constant thorn for home defence.

James Troisi 7/10

Effective as link-up man for Victory, but struggled to impose himself on contest.

Leroy George 8/10

Really smart performance form the winger, doubling back when needed.

Besart Berisha 7/10

Couldn't add to his finals' tally, but was tenacious throughout.

Matias Sanchez 4/10

Scatter-brained cameo off the bench from the Argentine



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