Tungamah’s Bodhi Butts started off grand final week with a win, taking out the Picola South East Best and Fairest on Monday night.
Butts won the Pearce Medal with a total of 22 votes after polling consistently throughout the season.
Tungamah Coach Jeremy O’Brien accepted the award on Butts’ behalf, telling the audience his star mid-fielder was likely at home online gaming.
He said the playing group jokingly referred to Butts as the ‘bridesmaid’ after he came second in the league medal in 2015 and he “has a habit of coming second a lot”.
“He’ll be glad he’s finally won one,” O’Brien said.
Butts finished five votes clear of the runner-up Simon Russell from Shepparton East.
Rennie’s Jarryd Fountain placed fifth, Tungamah’s Jeremy O’Brien sixth and Matt Pendergast from Rennie rounded out the top eight.
Butts has been crucial for the Bears in his return season with the club.
“Bodhi played at Tungamah for a few years then last year went to Yarra to try his hand at the Ovens and Murray before coming back to Tungamah where I think he is just more comfortable,” O’Brien said.
“He would without doubt be in our top two or three players every week, he’s incredibly consistent.
“Bodhi isn’t really a player that needs to be coached. He just goes out there week after week and does his job.”
Tungamah also enjoyed success in the reserves count with Alan Richardson taking out the Best and Fairest medal.
Both Rennie and Tungamah were named Champion Clubs of the season and Jeremy O’Brien accepted the award for Senior Coach of the Year.