RISING Ararat star Zander Laidlaw made it back-to-back Ted King Medals at the Wimmera Football League junior vote count at Holy Trinity Lutheran College on Monday night.
Despite playing limited games because of stress fractures in his back, the Rats' under-17s skipper was a one-vote victor over Minyip-Murtoa's Jack Boschen.
His 24 votes consisted of a remarkable eight best-on-grounds, including the all-important three votes in round 18 against Dimboola.
Boschen polled votes six weeks in a row between rounds 12 and 17, but could not get the one vote he needed to tie with Laidlaw in the final round.
"I didn't expect to go this well I only played 12 games and four of those I could only play half-games," Laidlaw said.
The grandson of Toohey Medallist Jim Bonner said he looked forward to another junior finals campaign with the Rats.
"Horsham claimed the minor premiership but I think we can push them," he said.
Horsham's Baillie Batchelor finished in third place on 21 votes, with Stawell's Pilo Dagiaro, 19, and Horsham Saint Jarrod Berry, 15, also polling well.
Demon Jayden Besford capped off a stellar home and away season by winning the Max McGrath medal for the under-14s' best and fairest player.
The talented ruck-rover was a big reason behind Horsham's minor premiership, polling votes in each of his 15 matches, including 10 three-vote hauls.
Besford, 38 votes, finished seven votes clear of his nearest rivals, Horsham RSL Digger Kieren Priestley, 31 votes, and Ararat's Jack Antonio, 27. He hopes to add an under-14s premiership medallion to his trophy cabinet in September.
"It will be interesting to see how it all goes," Besford said.
"We've got a bye this week then play the winner of Saturday's qualifying final between Horsham Saints and Ararat."
Besford's team-mate Dawson Cross, 26 votes, and Horsham Saint Connor O'Beirne, 23 votes, rounded out the top five.