ONE is a bullocking hard-man and the other is fleet-footed and agile.
Before Monday night, Edenhope-Apsley's Brent 'Billy' Christie and Harrow-Balmoral's Brent 'Bluey' Forsyth shared little in common besides a first name.
Now they will forever be linked as joint 2013 Dellar Family medallists.
The pair capped off a surprising medal count by tying on 29 votes well ahead of runner-up, Kalkee's Steve Schultz, who polled 19 votes. It was both players' first Horsham District Football League season.
Christie joined the Saints after four years at Torquay and Forsyth signed on as the Roos' coach after leaving Hamilton Imperials.
Both winners said the league welcomed them with open arms, which they embraced.
"It's been a fantastic transition for me when I'm well and truly at the back-end of my football career," Forsyth said in his acceptance speech.
"To be able to come here and compete against some wonderful footballers and some terrific teams has given me a new lease on life in a way."
Christie said he also relished a fresh start in a new league after playing football all over Australia.
"It would be one of the better seasons I have had I put in a big pre-season so it's been good to play well," he said.
"It feels pretty awesome to win but it's definitely not what you start to play for at the start of the year.
"You hope you can be there for the last game of the year so it's a bit disappointing that we lost last week but I'm pretty excited that I've at least won this award."
Forsyth started the night in sublime form to poll 16 votes from the first eight rounds and take a three-vote lead into the second half of the count.
Christie and Schultz both trailed him and surprise packet Ash Pekin of Natimuk was also well up in the standings with Kalkee ruckman Tim Wade.
Forsyth's lead extended to six votes after round 12 and he looked a likely winner as Harrow-Balmoral's table cheered on.
A strong finish by Christie saw him rocket back into contention but he still trailed by three votes entering the final round. Fittingly, the match pitted the Saints against the Roos.
After Will Plush and Dave McLeish
received one and two votes respectively, the room waited with baited breath as league chairman Graeme King read: ‘Three votes, Edenhope-Apsley, B. Christie’.
Christie said he knew he had a decent chance to receive votes in the game but credited a team-mate with helping him get a share of the medal.
“We actually tagged Brent Forsyth in the last game so I knew he wasn’t going to get votes because our tagger did a good job and I knew I’d had a pretty good game myself,” he said.
“Will Middleton did the job so he definitely deserves a shout-out.”
Forsyth said there were nervous moments for him during the final few rounds of the count.
“To get out to a great start puts a bit of perceived pressure on you and your legs start to shake and eyes are on you everywhere and trying to remain calm is not an easy task,” he said.
“The last couple of rounds I was trying to add up and I knew Brent had come home pretty hard as well, so those three votes I picked up against Swifts and Taylors Lake became crucial in the end.”
There was no overwhelming front-runner for the medal heading into the night, as several contenders from each club were considered a chance.
Laharum’s Robbie Miller and Rupanyup playing coach Glenn Wyatt showed some early form in the awards season with big performances in the Wimmera Mail-Times, Harvey World Travel champion footballer award.
Wyatt narrowly won the award from Miller and both were considered strong chances to collect the Dellar Family Medal, but were oddly absent from the leaderboard.
Other surprises included former winner Matt Ward of Noradjuha-Quantong failing to poll a vote until round seven and finishing with only 10.
Last year’s winner Ricky Whitehead of Swifts had a slow start and didn’t gain traction until the second half of the count, but still finished equal ninth with 13 votes.