A stunning comeback season for Weeroona Bay has been capped by young gun Steve Jackson winning the Jim Hewitson Medal and Best Under 21 Player.
The talented midfielder has been a big part of the Tigers' success this year, helping to propel them to the Grand Final where they await either West Whyalla or Central Whyalla.
Jackson claimed the medal on 17 votes, with North Whyalla's Damien Coyne finishing second on 13 and West Whyalla's Harrison Maitland taking third on 12.
Despite a great season in the midfield/back lines, Jackson didn't feel he was a chance to win the medal ahead of the count, but polled well thanks to a consistent effort throughout the year.
It's been a huge turnaround for Weeroona Bay in 2021, having won just one game last year, they're bidding to claim their first A Grade premiership since 1996.
"We had a big preseason and have been doing some different things at training which have really helped," Jackson said.
"The club has great energy, it feels like home and it's good club to be around ... everyone loves each other and are really welcoming."
Having played for Weeroona Bay his whole career, Jackson says he loves stepping out onto the oval with his mates every week, having played with them side by side for many years.
This year marks Jackson's second A Grade Grand Final, after playing in the club's 2018 GF loss to West Whyalla, where the Bays were comprehensively outplayed by the Dragons.
"It would be really special for the group, especially since we are such a young group with an average age of 22," he said.
Jackson thanked his coaches, teammates and family for their support over the years.
Central and West play in the Preliminary Final this weekend with the winner taking on Weeroona Bay in the 2021 WFL Grand Final.