Joris Kerstens claimed Sebastopol Vikings’ best and fairest in a thrilling count.
Kerstens trailed goalkeeper Michael Henry by 10 votes entering the final round. Vikings defeated Sunbury United 4-1, Kerstens among the best.
Kerstens polled 12 votes while Henry did not poll – giving Kerstens a two-vote victory.
The voting system sees all 15 players on matchday hand-out 3-2-1 votes, therefore a player can poll a maximum of 42 votes each game.
Kerstens ended the night on 285 votes, with Henry on 283 – Santo Salvatore rounding out the top three.
Kerstens played the season at centre-back and was one of the most reliable players during the Football Federation state league three north-west season, which saw Vikings finish fourth on the table.
“Our centre-back and our goalkeeper were our top two vote-getters, which shows we did a lot of defending...it shows that they’re consistent performers every week whereas attacking players are bit more up and down,” Smith said.
Adrian Curtain and Matt Jamieson also polled extremely well, but missed chunks of the season.
Salvatore also won the most consistent player award while Kuanyjal Tuany took out the goal-scoring award, kicking six goals for the season.
Vikings pre-season begins in November.