BEFORE this season, he didn't even know where Kaniva was, and now Jared Greenbank is helping to put the sleepy little Victorian town on the map.
The 22-year-old midfielder from Adelaide started the year off slowly but settled into his new surroundings and never looked back, storming home to finish on 26 votes and win the KNTFL Virgo/Mail Medal.
During last Wednesday night's count Kaniva/Leeor United on-baller Greenbank was locked in a tight battle with teammate and ruckman Sebastian Guilhaus.
"I thought we were going to tie," Greenbank said."He's won a Mail Medal before so I'm glad I got him on this one."
It was a year for the big men - along with Guilhaus, fellow ruck giants Peter Featherston (Padthaway) and Tim Walsh (Lucindale) finished equal third on 19.But it was Greenbank's night.
"I started off a bit slow but towards the end I thought I was a bit of a chance," he said.
Just like AFL superstar Adam Goodes at the Brownlow medal, Greenbank had a special guest with him at the count - his mum, Sonia Edwards, who was extremely proud of her boy.
"She was loving it," he laughed.
It has been a great first year in the competition for Greenbank, with Kaniva/Leeor securing a grand final berth on the weekend."I think we're a pretty strong chance," Greenbank remarked.
Walsh backed up his third placing in the medal with the footballer of the year award on 82 votes while Padthaway's Ben Gunning was awarded the A grade goalkicking trophy with 66 goals.
Kingston's Craig Watson and Kybybolite's Brad Redding tied for the reserves medal with 21 votes while Keith's Michael Bartlett took out the reserves goalkicking trophy with 75.
Naracoorte's Matt Willson won the Scott McFarlane Memorial Trophy for the best under 21 player in the league.
Naracoorte received the Glenelg Club Award for club of the year with 196 votes.John Langdon was awarded the golden whistle for top umpire as voted by timekeepers.
Kaniva/Leeor United's Chris Tuckwell and Mundulla's Luke Kennett were awarded player life memberships.
For the 39th year in a row the Naracoorte Herald sponsored the team of the year, presenting each selected player with a commemorative towel.