Lukas Kangur, nicknamed "Doggo", says he unleashed the "boy" within him to win the Northern Areas Football Association Mail Medal and Flinders News Trophy.
The BMW centreman polled 15 votes in the best-and-fairest count at Booleroo Centre Town Hall on Monday after the league's shortened season.
While the medallist admitted that he is sometimes called "Kanga", he said "Doggo" was his usual namesake.
"I don't really know the back story too well, but I will take it," he said of the tag.
He said the medal and trophy were a "great honour".
"I began playing football at the age of five with Ironbark in the Hills League 20 years ago," he said.
He has been with BMW for two years and joked that his brother - playing coach Alek Kangur - gave him a good run.
Asked what he liked about the game, he replied: "You don't really have to think about too much ....you just play. You almost let the 'inner boy' out. You don't have to take it too seriously."
Kangur lives in Adelaide, where he works as a diesel mechanic, and travels to the Mid North for matches.
He believes in pushing himself hard when training, particularly in the pre-season.
"The bloke next to you is working hard so you have to work even harder," he said.
Runners-up to Kangur, with 10 votes apiece, were Matthew Altmann, of Broughton-Mundoora, and Darren Hughes, of Orroroo.
In the B grade, Southern Flinders' Brett Cunningham polled eight votes to win the Maurice Kerin Memorial Trophy as best-and-fairest player. It was his third such award.
Runner-up with seven votes was Jack Foulis, of Orroroo.
Cunningham told the Flinders News that his daughters, Imogen, 12, and Indi, 7, had followed him into the game.
Both girls play for the Southern Flinders mini-colts while Imogen has also been in association junior teams.
"The girls watch football on television and get out there and have a go,":Cunningham said.
"Because Dad does it, they want to have a go."
Ruckrover Bodhi Sims, of Broughton-Mundoora, led the count for the Colin McKenzie Memorial Trophy as best-and-fairest senior colt with 12 votes.
Runners-up were Lachlan Dolling, of Broughton-Mundoora, and Jack Clark, of Orroroo, who each had nine votes. Dolling played only four matches for his result. Clark was a first-year senior colt.
Orroroo legend Kevin Duffy presented the junior colts' medal to Ned Bowman, of Orroroo, who had 14 votes followed by joint runners-up Cooper Ferme, of Broughton-Mundoora, and Max Flowers, of Southern Flinders, who each had 12.
Bowman was sporting a black-eye said to have been the result of "friendly fire".
The 14-year-old centreman explained: "I was in a pack and accidentally head-butted someone in the final against Broughton-Mundoora."
He said he was "pretty happy and surprised" to win the medal.
His father is former Orroroo and Norwood player Lachy Bowman.
Crystal Brook's Daniel Hill, who kicked 28 goals, took the Cyrill Jolly Memorial Trophy for goalkicking, making it his sixth award.
Jake Foulis, of Orroroo, kicked 14 goals to win the Leon and Christine Fuller Trophy as highest scorer in the B grade.
President of the colts Ben Crawford announced that Junior Coach of the Year was Mark "Ted" Amey, of Southern Flinders.
Amey said his role had been "bloody good fun".
"We push our young lads as much as we can," he said.
"It is about giving bit back to the club from when I was playing."