In an incredible polling performance, McLaren onballer Brett Ellis easily won the 2020 Great Southern Football League A grade Mail Medal.
Ellis polled 22 votes, followed by Encounter Bay ruckman Callum Tonkin on 12 and James Sellar (Langhorne Creek), Troy Blackwell (Langhorne Creek) and Peter Hoban (Mount Compass) on 10 votes.
Ellis started the count in blistering form polling three votes in the first five games and then in the last two rounds, once again received best on ground votes. Out of the nine games played, Ellis received seven best on ground votes in an achievement that even had long time secretary Kevin Curran scratching his head.
"He had quite a season and it is a great effort," Curran said.
The A grade goalkicking was won by McLaren's James Grimley with 30 goals.
In the Reserves, McLaren kept the awards coming, as Joel Chahla won the medal on 14 votes, two clear of Langhorne Creek's Graydon Brand and Yankalilla's Doug Jones and McLaren key forward Mark Curtis won the goalkicking with 32 goals.
Langhorne Creek's Mitchell Felton won the Senior Colts medal polling 14 votes, followed by Victor Harbor's Zac Stichel and McLaren's Kyle Marshall on 11. Encounter Bay's Blake Bailey won the goalkicking on 25 goals.
Strathalbyn's Tom Wheaton was the star in the Junior Colts winning the medal, polling 21 votes and winning the goalkicking, booting 32 goals.
Mount Compass' Rilee Endersby came second in the medal with 19 votes and Langhorne Creek's Tyson Roberts finished third on 17.
Great Southern Player Life Memberships were awarded to Goolwa/Port Elliot's Dale Cuthbert and Yankalilla's Ashley Bond and Langhorne Creek won the South Shield for the best performed club over the four grades in 2020.
Chair of SANFL Community Football Peter Lindner attended the GSFL Mail Medal count held at Strathalbyn and said approximately 20 per cent of the leagues in country areas did not play in 2020, due to COVID-19 and congratulated the GSFL for getting their season underway.
"The GSFL run a good competition," Lindner said.
"There will be changes happening in country football with a decision on the salary cap expected later this month. It will be a unique opportunity to change football and for the clubs to take back control. It is time for the tail to stop wagging the dog.
"The players have been dictating how much they want and this will change."