Loose forward Paula Maka has won both the Dyett medal for best player and the Ward trophy as players’ player for the Keech Australia Bendigo Fighting Miners for 2013.
Hailing from the tiny island of Matuku in the Lau archipelago of Fiji, Maka joined the Miners in 2011.
He has played a major role in the team’s back-to-back premierships in 2012 and 2013.
This season, Maka was the only player to appear in all 17 matches played by the Miners, scoring four tries.
In 2012, he was awarded the medal for best on ground in the grand final triumph over Border Army.
Josh Manderson capped a solid season by finishing runner-up in the best player award and also scoring the most points, 139, for the season.
Josephar Maiai was best new player and Lyndon Tuitupou was most consistent.
Philip Keech won the most improved gong, while Isilele Tuitupou was recognised as best clubman.
Tom Murrell took home the best in finals trophy.
There was a three-way tie for the most tries scored award between Joseph Drahm, Siaosi Palelei and Jesse Tuitupou, who each crossed the opposition's line 11 times.
The Bendigo Fighting Miners saved their best performance this season for the grand final.
The Miners triumphed 51-25 against the Shepparton Bulls at Sparks Reserve in Box Hill.