Two beloved hockey veterans claimed their second Whyalla News Medals at the Hockey Association Presentation Night on Saturday, with Stuart's Matt Yendall and Waratah's Karina Hass taking the honours.
Yendall polled a massive 24 votes from a total of 9 games in his comeback season, cruising to the medal in front of teammate Brad Shiell and Steel City's Stacey Theologou, who finished with 15 votes each.
It's Yendall's second Whyalla News medal, having claimed the award in 2016, and comes after he sat out last season with a broken collarbone.
"I had a couple of years off, I played footy, I came back and at the first training session of the season I broke my collarbone," he said.
"It felt good to get back out there this season, it was like I hadn't left...I felt I played very well all season so I had people telling me they thought I'd do well in the medal count."
A key part of Stuart's attack, Yendall has helped fire his team to another Grand Final appearance, with the boys in red looking to make it back-to-back premierships this year.
"I feel like we've got a very strong team and have a good chance of winning," he said.
The best part about hockey for Yendall is the strong bond that he has formed with his Stuart teammates, and being able to set them up to score as a playmaker.
"I love my whole team, how I'm close mates with all of them," he said.
Karina edged out her Waratah teammate Elysha Hickey to claim the medal by just one vote 16-15, while Steel City's Mirella Marino and Maddy Spano tied with another Waratah in Casey Watson all on 8 votes.
It's been a hugely successful season for Waratah, and as Captain Karina has starred as the team's dependable striker, earning her first Whyalla News medal in a decade.
"It's been a long time, I've had kids since then," she said.
"I felt like I had a really good season but I'm surrounded by fantastic players, our whole team is amazing so it's easy to have a great season as striker when you're being fed the ball consistently."
With Waratah in the Grand Final, Karina says captaining her side to a premiership would be the ultimate reward for the hard work put in by the team over the season.
"Everybody's worked hard, we all rock up to training and are really close together...some of our players have had a tough personal year," she said.
"I love to lead the girls, I love every moment and the closeness of the group."
Karina thanked her coach and husband Mitchell Hass for his support throughout the season.