Bodhi Butts has won the Pearce Medal.
The Tungamah half-back was brilliant all season polling 22 votes and on five separate occasions, he polled all three votes.
After joining from Yarrawonga last season the versatile footballer had a terrific mid-season run of form, in which he polled 13 votes from rounds eight to 14.
Butts, who is arguably one of the Picola District Football League south-east division’s best kicks, claimed the medal ahead of Shepparton East’s Simon Russell (17), Katunga goal-kicking machine Callum Wilson and Eagle Ricky Frappell (16) last night.
Butts finished second in the Pearce Medal with 23 votes in 2015 and on Saturday the competition’s best player will have the opportunity to showcase his talents on the grandest of stages.
The Bears will take on Rennie in the south-east grand final and Butts has already performed against the Grasshoppers this season, claiming three votes in their round six victory.
Before Butts left for the Ovens and Murray competition he was a staple figure in the Bears’ back-to-back premierships in which they won 40-straight games.
The booming right-footer started the season with two votes before claiming five best-on-ground performances during the next nine weeks, and on only one separate occasion he polled just the one vote.
Former West Coast Eagles forward, Wilson, featured prominently finishing third in the count, while also claiming the competition’s leading goal-kicker award with 72 goals — 15 more than second-placed Eagles forward Cobey Aynsley.
Fellow Swan Jack McCracken was one of five players nominated for the Rising Star award before eventually claiming it, while Bears playing coach Jeremy O’Brien took out the Senior Coach of the Year award.
Meanwhile, Shepparton East was taken care of expertly under the tutelage of Marcus ‘‘Jock’’ Spencer after he was awarded Administrator of the Year.