Rockingham Rams co-captain Steve Kenny had his outstanding season rewarded with the Peel Football and Netball League's top honour as he was crowned the 2019 Ross Elliott Medal winner on Monday night.
The versatile utility finished the vote count with 21, enough to edge out South Mandurah's Jack Shanahan who stormed to the lead early but faded with some lop-sided results against his side in the later rounds
Kenny's year has been nothing short of sublime.
Stepping into the ruck role left vacant in the absence of Andrew Stokes, the veteran leader became one of the league's most damaging at the position as he buoyed the Rams to a minor premiership.
His hard work made life easier for the already deadly Rockingham midfield, and he was also among their best in a semi final win over Baldivis on the weekend.
Rams coach Scott Franklin heaped praise on Kenny's team-first approach.
"Steve's the best teammate anyone can have," Franklin said.
"He's hard, he's uncompromising, and he's all about doing whatever it takes for the team to succeed.
"I think his best position is up forward and we haven't actually been able to play him there for two years, and now he's won a Ross Elliott as a ruckman, so it goes to show the type of character he has."
Kenny and his Rams will break a seven-year drought when they play in their first grand final since 2012 in a fortnight.
The last time the club won a premiership was all the way back in 1997, when coach Mark Watson led them past Pinjarra in the big game.