GUN onballer Jacob Chisari has joined an elite club to have won the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club's champion player award in consecutive seasons.
A joint winner of the Morrish Medal in this year's AFL Victoria TAC Cup under18s action, Chisari won a close call in the Pioneers award.
The Neville Strauch Memorial Trophy for Pioneers club champion is proudly sponsored by the Bendigo Advertiser.
Saturday afternoon's best and fairest vote count and awards presentation was held in the social rooms at the Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve.
After the final cards were called in the 17-round season, Chisari was on 38 votes.
The 18-year-old from South Mildura joined previous back-to-back winners of the club champion award, Nathan Brown, 1995 and 96, and Kallen Geary, 2008 and '09.
Chisari's superb play as Pioneers captain in 2013 earned selection in the TAC Cup Team of the Year.
Runner-up for this season's best and fairest award was another of the club's star onballers-midfielders Sam Heavyside from Strathfieldsaye Storm on 35.
A previous winner of the Neville Strauch Memorial award, Heavyside starred in all 10 games this season after an injury-hit run in 2012.
Third placegetter was talented Kyabram defender Liam Barrett on 33 votes as Lalbert's Jake Maher and South Bendigo's Liam Byrne tied on 32.
Next best in the race for the Pioneers major award were Kyneton's Jordan Mangan, 21; Sandhurst's Isaiah Miller, 21; and Strathfieldsaye's Fergus Payne, 20 votes..
Most consistent was Liam Barrett. Season highs included 237 disposals, 71 per cent disposal efficency, 61 tackles, 46 rebound 50m.
The coaches award was presented to Jake Maher. Season highs included 232 kicks, 345 disposals.
The Pioneer Pillar award based on a Team First approach, Encourage, Responsibility and Achieve was presented to Wedderburn ruckman Jordan Hargreaves.
Best clubperson award was presented to Liz Riddell and Colin Faulkner.
There's no secret formula to Chisari's success.
"It's been a lot of hard work," Chisari said of earning a place on the Pioneers list and then playing the past two years.
"Workrate is really important in matches and at training."
Chisari credited the support of team-mates, the coaching staff, family and friends as being a key to his on-field performances.
A major goal in the lead-up to the 2013 season was on some weaknesses.
"I wanted to be more of a goalkicking onballer, be more dangerous inside forward 50, and also worked a lot on my outside game and set up attacks."
Chisari said the support from parents Frank and Wendy was incredible.
Part of his football journey included relocating from Mildura to Bendigo before the 2012 season kicked off.
Many of his Pioneers team-mates are in the specialist sports program at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Jacob's younger brother, Matthew represented Bendigo Pioneers in this year's AFL Victoria Country under-16 titles at the QEO.
Pre-season training for the David Newett-coached Pioneers kicks off early November.