EDENHOPE-APSLEY will hope its two newly-minted Richie Dunlop Memorial Trophy winners can get the side over the line in the reserves grand final on Saturday.
Tim Adams and Shane Grigg split the award with 20 votes apiece, ahead of runner-up Matthew Nield and third place-getter Adam Atwood, both of Kalkee.
Adams said he was shocked to receive the award after playing just 11 home and away matches.
"I'm pretty surprised because I missed out on a couple of games and didn't really expect to get here with Shane, so it's awesome," he said.
"I think this has probably been one of my best seasons because I've just been backing myself."
Adams said it was his second best and fairest award after winning the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League under-17 best and fairest gong before transferring to Edenhope-Apsley.
Grigg said he had never even considered the possibility of winning the award.
"I didn't even really think about it we're both in the grand final this week so it's not something we're focusing on," he said.
"We're in with a good shot we had a bad week a couple of weeks ago but we're ready to go this week."
Grigg said the pain of last year's reserves grand final defeat at the hands of Rupanyup would help spur the Saints on against powerhouse Kalkee.
He said the shared award showed the strength and depth of the Edenhope-Apsley midfield.